The 2009 movie awards season officially began today with the announcement of the nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Last Station and Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire led the nominations with five each, including nods in the Best Feature category, where they are joined by Amreeka, (500) Days of Summer and Sin Nombre.
Tom Ford's A Single Man was recognized in the First Feature race, as well as nods for leading man Colin Firth and First Screenplay. Other out nominees include Precious director Lee Daniels, Amreeka screenwriter Cherien Dabis and Sebastián Silva for Foreign Film nominee The Maid.
Also revealed today were the nominations for the 37th Annual Annie Awards, honoring the year's best animation. Henry Selick's Coraline leads the field with 10 nominations, closely followed by Pixar's Up and Disney's The Princess and the Frog, with 9 and 8 nods each. In addition to these three, the Best Animated Feature category also includes Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Secret of Kells.
The Annies will be handed out on February 6, followed by the Indie Spirit Awards on March 5 (broadcast live on the Independent Film Channel). For a quick list at all the feature film nominees, see the comments section below.