Barbenheimer Dominates Windie Award Noms from Chicago Indie Critics

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Celebrating their eighth year with a new logo and redesigned website, the Chicago Indie Critics have announced the nominees for their Windie Awards. The voting film critic members completed ballots this week to select Windie nominees in 25 categories. The CIC members will commence a final round of voting ending on January 12, 2024. The 2023 Windie winners will be announced on the evening of January 20, 2024. The group is hosting an invitation-only private Awards Party at Chicago Filmmakers on Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. Film Obsessive Editor in Chief Don Shanahan is a founder and co-director of Chicago Indie Critics and site writers Kevin Wozniak, Jay Rohr, Aqib Rasheed, and Mike Crowley are also CIC members.

Barbie driving with Ken in the back seat

Topping all films with 13 stellar Windie nominations is Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig. The Warner Bros. tentpole and colorful explosion of cinema and comedy was nominated for Best Studio Film, Best Director for Gerwig, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera, and in the artistic categories of cinematography, production design, costumes, makeup, original score, sight unseen performance, and two original songs. Following right behind was Christopher Nolan’s explosive dramatic opus Oppenheimer with 12 Windie nominations, including selections for Best Studio Film, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Supporting Actress for Emily Blunt, and Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations for Nolan himself.

Oppenheimer, in silhouette, placing his hand on the Trinity bomb.

The next closest films for total Windie nominations were Poor Things with 10 nominations and The Holdovers with 8. Those two join Barbie and Oppenheimer in the Best Studio Film with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. In the other top film category, the five nominees for the Best Independent Film of the year (budgeted $30 million and under) include All of Us Strangers, Anatomy of a Fall, The Iron Claw, Past Lives, and The Zone of Interest. Altogether, 22 films received multiple Windie nominations, and 37 films overall were represented across all categories.

As a special category of local recognition, the Chicago Indie Critics annually presents the Impact Award. The distinction celebrates a group or person whose work during the past year or beyond had a positive influence on the Chicagoland film community. This year’s Impact Award nominees include Rebecca Fons of The Gene Siskel Film Center, Morgan Harris of the Acacia Consulting Group, critic Dann Gire and author Raymond Benson of the “Dan and Raymond Movie Club,” the Music Box Theatre programming team of Katie Rife, Will Morris, and Ryan Oestreich, and the beloved Music Box Theatre organist Dennis Scott.


The complete list of nominations for the 2023 Windie Awards from Chicago Indie Critics:


All of Us Strangers

Anatomy of a Fall

The Iron Claw

Past Lives

The Zone of Interest



The Holdovers


Poor Things

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


Anatomy of a Fall

The Boy and the Heron

Godzilla Minus One

When Evil Lurks

The Zone of Interest


American Symphony

The Disappearance of Shere Hite

Silver Dollar Road

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

20 Days in Mariupol


The Boy and the Heron



Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem


Greta Gerwig, Barbie

Alexander Payne, The Holdovers

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer 

Celine Song, Past Lives


Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet and Arthur Harari

Barbie – Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

The Holdovers – David Hemingson

The Iron Claw – Sean Durkin

Past Lives – Celine Song


American Fiction – Cord Jefferson

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. – Kelly Fremon Craig

Killers of the Flower Moon – Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese

Oppenheimer – Christopher Nolan

Poor Things – Tony McNamara


Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Teo Yoo, Past Lives


Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall

Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Carey Mulligan, Maestro

Greta Lee, Past Lives

Emma Stone, Poor Things


Ryan Gosling, Barbie

Glenn Howerton, BlackBerry

Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers

Charles Melton, May December 

Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer


Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer

America Ferrera, Barbie

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

Julianne Moore, May December

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers


American Fiction

Asteroid City

The Holdovers


Poor Things


Barbie – Rodrigo Prieto

Killers of the Flower Moon – Rodrigo Prieto

Oppenheimer – Hoyte van Hoytema

Poor Things – Robbie Ryan

The Zone of Interest – Łukasz Żal


Barbie – Susan Greenwood and Katie Spencer

The Color Purple – Paul Denham Austerberry and Larry Dias

Killers of the Flower Moon – Jack Fisk

Oppenheimer – Ruth De Jong

Poor Things – Shona Heath and James Price


Barbie – Jacqueline Durran

The Color Purple – Francine Jamison-Tanchuck

Killers of the Flower Moon – Jacqueline West

Poor Things – Holly Waddington

Priscilla – Stacey Battat

Wonka – Lindy Hemming


Barbie – Ivana Primorac

The Iron Claw – Natalie Shea Rose and Elle Favorule

Maestro – Kazu Hiro, Sian Grigg, Kay Georgiou, Lori McCoy-Bell

Poor Things – Nadia Stacey, Mark Couler, and Josh Weston

Priscilla – Jo-Ann MacNeil and Cliona Furey


The Holdovers – Kevin Tent

The Iron Claw – Matthew Hannam

Oppenheimer – Jennifer Lame

Poor Things – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Michael Andrews


Barbie – Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

The Boy and the Heron – Joe Hisaishi

Killers of the Flower Moon – Robbie Robertson

Oppenheimer – Ludwig Göransson

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Daniel Pemberton


“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


The Creator – Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts, and Neil Corbould 

Godzilla Minus One – Kiyoko Shibuya and Takashi Yamazaki

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick

Oppenheimer – Andrew Jackson, Giacomo Mineo, Scott Fisher, and Dave Drzewiecki

Poor Things – Simon Hughes


The Iron Claw – Hiro Koda and Chavo Guerrero Jr.

John Wick: Chapter 4 – Stephen Dunleavy, Scott Rogers, and Jeremy Marinas

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One – Wade Eastwood and Rudolf Vrba

Polite Society – Crispin Layfield and Rob Lock

Sisu – Oula Kitti


Charles Melton

Dominic Sessa

Cailee Spaeny

Celine Song

Sophie Wilde


Helen Mirren, Barbie

Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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

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

Jack Black, The Super Mario Bros. Movie


Local award given to individuals who have made a positive impact on Chicago cinema

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

Dennis Scott – Music Box Theatre organist


Chicago Indie Critics (CIC) is a creative and engaging not-for-profit organization composed of unique, dedicated, and diversified film critics organized by Illinois Indie Critics NFP.  Our members are wide-ranging in experiences, backgrounds, tastes, diversities, and target audiences across both print and online platforms and publications.  We have organized to share our personal assessments, commentaries, passions, and creativity in the vigilant effort to highlight the greatness and diversity found in both independent and mainstream films.  While we originate in the Chicagoland area, the efforts of Chicago Indie Critics are to share, celebrate, and promote the rich artistic medium of film to audiences, fans, and eager minds across the nation and world as an exemplary and upstanding pillar of intelligent print and broadcast journalism.

Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing here on Film Obsessive as the Editor-in-Chief and Content Supervisor for the film department. He also writes for his own website, Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is one of the hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network and sponsored by Film Obsessive. As a school teacher by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Indie Critics and a voting member of the nationally-recognized Critics Choice Association, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film Critics Association, International Film Society Critics Association, Internet Film Critics Society, Online Film and TV Association, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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