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‘Oppenheimer’ Dominates Chicago Indie Critics Awards

By George Bate & Josh Bate

Chicago Indie Critics award winners

We had the pleasure of being in attendance for the eighth annual Chicago Indie Critics Awards, now termed the Windie Awards, which honored the year’s achievements in film. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer dominated the award show, taking away the awards for Best Studio Film and Best Director, amongst others.

Chicago Indie Critics also present The Impact Award, which honors a group of persons who have had a positive impact on the Chicagoland film community. The Impact Award winner this year was Dennis Scott, the organist at Chicago’s noted Music Box Theatre.

Check out a full list of nominees and winners below.

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM 

All of Us Strangers 

Anatomy of a Fall 

The Iron Claw 

WINNER – Past Lives 

The Zone of Interest 

BEST STUDIO FILM 

Barbie 

The Holdovers 

WINNER – Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

BEST FOREIGN FILM 

Anatomy of a Fall 

The Boy and the Heron 

Godzilla Minus One 

When Evil Lurks 

WINNER – The Zone of Interest

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

American Symphony 

The Disappearance of Shere Hite 

Silver Dollar Road 

20 Days in Mariupol 

WINNER – Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie 

BEST ANIMATED FILM 

The Boy and the Heron 

Elemental 

Nimona 

WINNER Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem 

BEST DIRECTOR 

Greta Gerwig, Barbie 

Alexander Payne, The Holdovers 

Bradley Cooper, Maestro 

WINNER – Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer 

Celine Song, Past Lives 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

Anatomy of a Fall 

Barbie 

The Holdovers

The Iron Claw 

WINNER – Past Lives 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

American Fiction 

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. 

Killers of the Flower Moon 

WINNER – Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

BEST ACTOR 

Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction 

WINNER – Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers 

Bradley Cooper, Maestro 

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer 

Teo Yoo, Past Lives 

BEST ACTRESS 

Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall 

Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon 

Carey Mulligan, Maestro 

Greta Lee, Past Lives 

WINNER – Emma Stone, Poor Things 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Ryan Gosling, Barbie 

Glenn Howerton, BlackBerry 

Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers 

Charles Melton, May December 

WINNER Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Rachel McAdams, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. America Ferrera, Barbie 

WINNER – Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers 

Julianne Moore, May December 

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer 

BEST ENSEMBLE

American Fiction 

Asteroid City 

The Holdovers 

WINNER – Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Barbie 

Killers of the Flower Moon 

WINNER Oppenheimer

Poor Things 

The Zone of Interest 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

WINNER – Barbie 

The Color Purple 

Killers of the Flower Moon 

Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

BEST COSTUMES 

Barbie 

The Color Purple 

Killers of the Flower Moon 

WINNER Poor Things 

Priscilla 

Wonka 

BEST MAKEUP 

Barbie 

The Iron Claw 

Maestro 

WINNER Poor Things 

Priscilla 

BEST EDITING 

The Holdovers 

The Iron Claw 

WINNER – Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

Barbie 

The Boy and the Heron 

Killers of the Flower Moon 

Oppenheimer 

WINNER – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 

WINNER – “I’m Just Ken” – Barbie 

“What Was I Made For?” – Barbie

“Keep It Movin’” – The Color Purple

“Peaches” – The Super Mario Bros. Movie

“A World of Your Own” – Wonka 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

The Creator 

WINNER – Godzilla Minus One

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 

Oppenheimer 

Poor Things 

BEST STUNTS 

The Iron Claw 

WINNER John Wick: Chapter 4 

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One 

Polite Society 

Sisu 

BREAKOUT ARTIST 

Charles Melton 

Dominic Sessa 

Cailee Spaeny 

Sophie Wilde 

WINNER – Celine Song 

SIGHT UNSEEN PERFORMANCE 

Helen Mirren, Barbie 

Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 

WINNER – Oscar Isaac, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

Hailee Steinfeld – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

Jack Black – The Super Mario Bros. Movie 

IMPACT AWARD 

Rebecca Fons – Gene Siskel Film Center 

Dann Gire and Raymond Benson – “Dan and Raymond Movie Club” 

Morgan Harris – Acacia Media Group 

Katie Rife, Will Morris, and Ryan Oestreich – Music Box Theatre programming 

WINNER Dennis Scott – Music Box Theatre organist 

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