Netting five nods each, including best picture, Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson lead the pack for this year's Spirit Awards, which honors independent films. Other best pic noms went to The Dead Girl(starring Brittany Murphy), the Spanish-language Pan's Labyrinth, and American Gun.

The lead female category is filled by Shareeka Epps ( Half Nelson), Catherine O'Hara ( For Your Consideration), Elizabeth Reaser ( Sweet Land), Michelle Williams ( Land of Plenty) and Robin Wright Penn ( Sorry, Haters), while Nelson's Ryan Gosling, Aaron Eckhart ( Thank You for Smoking), Edward Norton ( The Painted Veil), Forest Whitaker ( American Gun) and Ahmad Razvi ( Man Push Cart) will duke it out amongst the gents.