Indie Spirit Awards: Jenny Lumet, Barry Jenkins and many more...

The nominees for the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards are out and Jenny Lumet's Rachel Getting Married is one of the leaders with a total of 6 nominations alongside Ballast and Frozen River.

The Spirit Awards showcase the type of character-driven dramas that I enjoy the most. I'm really hoping that Lumet snags a win à la Diablo Cody to ignite her Oscar bid. It would be pretty awesome to have back-to-back female screenwriter winners.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Barry Jenkins' Medicine for Melancholy in the mix. Other notables include: Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor), Summer Bishil (Towelhead), Rosie Perez (The Take), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Misty Upham (Frozen River).

Browse the nominee list and you'll find a bunch of a goodies.