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'Rachel,' 'Frozen River,' 'Ballast' Lead Race for Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards announced its list of 2008 nominees, and at the top of the heap stands Rachel Getting Married, Frozen River, and Ballast, all with six nominations.

Rachel is, of course, anchored by Anne Hathaway, who is a likely Best Actress nominee for the Academy Awards. The same could be said of Frozen River's Melissa Leo, quickly becoming the trendy pick nobody had ever heard of until a few weeks ago. And Ballast is a drama about the way one suicide affects the lives of others.

Other multiple nominees include Milk, The Wrestler, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Synecdoche, New York, with four nominations each (although Synecdoche really only received three nominations and was awarded a fourth, the Robert Altman Award, given to the ensemble, casting director, and the director).

The Independent Spirit Awards will air live on IFC Saturday, February 21st. For a complete list of nominees, check out Variety.

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