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'Rachel' Leads Indie Spirit Award Noms

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Dec 03, 2008 | 5:42am EST

Anne Hathaway is the new indie darling.

Her dysfunctional family drama Rachel Getting Married led the Independent Spirit Award nominees Tuesday with six nods, including best picture, HuffingtonPost.com reports.

Also tying with Rachel were the border-smuggling tale Frozen River and the Deep South saga Ballast. Other best-picture nominees for the awards, which honor independent film, were Michelle Williams' down-on-her-luck drama Wendy and Lucy and Mickey Rourke's broken-down athlete tale The Wrestler.

Along with Hathaway and Williams, best actress nods went to Melissa Leo for Frozen RiverSummer Bishil for Towelhead and Tarra Riggs for Ballast.

Rourke has a lead-actor nomination, along with Javier Bardem for Vicky Cristina BarcelonaRichard Jenkins for The VisitorSean Penn for Milk and Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker.

The Spirit Awards will be presented Feb. 21, a day before the Academy Awards. The ceremony will include the annual Robert Altman Award for an ensemble film, which is being presented to Synecdoche, New York, the directing debut from Being John Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

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