Rachel Getting Married just may follow in the footsteps of Juno (another film about a misfit young female protagonist) as it goes into this year's Independent Spirit Awards with a leading six nominations. Joining Jonathan Demme's dysfunctional family drama with a half dozen nods a piece (including Best Feature notice) are the lesser known Frozen River and Ballast. Rounding out the top five are Wendy and Lucy (starring Michelle Williams) and The Wrestler (starring Mickey Rourke).
Glaringly missing from the Best Feature and Best Director lists is Gus Van Sant's Milk, which did receive four nominations, including acting nods for Sean Penn and James Franco and a "First Screenplay" nomination for Dustin Lance Black.
The 24th Annual Independent Spirit Awards will be presented in a televised ceremony on February 21 (the day before the Oscars). For a quick look at the nominees, see the comments section below.