The Spirit Awards are almost always a precursor to Oscar nominations and if this year is any indication Precious will rack up this year
. The Spirit Awards has honored outstanding independent films for over 25 years. This year, Taraji P. Henson
helped announce the nominations, which gave five to Precious
and five to a film called The Last Station -- those two received the most nods. As expected, Mo'Nique and
Gabourey Sidibe received nods
"(500) Days Of Summer" - Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe
"Amreeka" - Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan
"Precious" - Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
"Sin Nombre" - Producer: Amy Kaufman
"The Last Station" - Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meuer
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen - "A Serious Man"
Lee Daniels - "Precious"
Cary Joji Fukunaga - "Sin Nombre"
James Gray - "Two Lovers"
Michael Hoffman - "The Last Station"
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Sophie Barthes - "Cold Souls"
Scott Cooper - "Crazy Heart"
Cherien Dabis - "Amreeka"
Geoffrey Fletcher - "Precious"
Tom Ford, David Scearce - "A Single Man"
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello - "Downloading Nancy"
Nisreen Faour - "Amreeka"
Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"
Gwyneth Paltrow - "Two Lovers"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Dina Korzun - "Cold Souls"
Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Samantha Morton - "The Messenger"
Natalie Press - "Fifty Dead Men Walking"
Mia Wasikowska - "That Evening Sun"
There were very little African-American projects nominated at the Spirit Awards. In the best documentary category Lebron James
' documentary More Than A Game
received a nod.
The Spirit Awards will air March 5th, 2010.
Check out this article fromThe
New York Times
Success of ‘Precious’ Highlights an Absence