This year's winners of the annual Spirit Awards for independent films on March 5 might well be rehearsing their acceptance speeches for the Oscars two days. The acclaimed drama Precious, already a critical and box-office hit, received five nominations Tuesday -- for best film, best actress (Gabourey Sidibe), best supporting actress (Mo'nique), best director (Lee Daniels), and best screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). Also receiving five nominations was the period drama The Last Station -- for best film, best actress (Helen Mirren), supporting actor (Christopher Plummer), director (Michael Hoffman) and screenplay (Hoffman). The betting odds in both the Spirit and Oscar voting heavily favor Precious . Oscar nominations are due to be announced on February 2.

02/12/2009