Nominees for the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning by Don Cheadle and Felicity Huffman, and it's no surprise that two of this year's most buzzed-about indie pics lead the pack. Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson each picked up five nominations, while four pics (American Gun, The Dead Girl, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Man Push Cart) nabbed three nods, and eight flicks ended up with two each.

Sunshine (which, personally, was one of my favorite films of the year) will compete in the Best Feature, Supporting Male (Alan Arkin and Paul Dano), Directing (Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton) and Best First Screenplay (Michael Arndt) categories. On the other hand, Nelson is up for Best Feature, Best Male (Ryan Gosling) and Female (Shareeka Epps), Directing (Ryan Fleck) and Best First Screenplay (Fleck and Anna Boden). The other three pics looking to snatch up an indie spirit award for Best Feature are American Gun, The Dead Girl and Pan's Labyrinth.

And hey, check out Four Eyed Monsters -- this little indie film (directed by Arin Crumley and Susan Buice) managed to snag two nods, one for Cinematography and one for the John Cassavetes Award (otherwise known as the best feature made for under $500,000), despite the fact that it never found a distributor. Having met Crumley and Buice, I must say these two represent the hardest working indie filmmakers out there, constantly trying to push the envelope through their MySpace video blogs, while slowly building a gigantic fanbase resulting in a tremendous amount of buzz for the pic. And, after screening their film anywhere and everywhere, Crumley and Buice finally managed to get to sponsor a limited run at New York's Cinema Village beginning December 1. Go see this film. Pretty please.

The Independent Spirit Awards (currently in its 22nd year) will be held on February 24, and broadcasted live on IFC. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

categories Movies, Awards, Cinematical