Anne Hathaway's dramatic movie RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, smuggling film FROZEN RIVER, and the Deep South story BALLAST are leading the field for the Spirit Awards, with six nominations each - including best picture.
Other best film nominees shortlisted for the award include Wendy and Lucy, and The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke.
Hathaway and Williams are shortlisted in the best actress category, along with Melissa Leo for Frozen River, Tarra Riggs for her turn in Ballast, and Summer Bishil for Towelhead.
Rourke is up for the best actor award, alongside Sean Penn for Milk and Javier Bardem's performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The 24th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony is due to take place on 21 February (09) in Santa Monica, California.