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The 2010 Spirit Award nominees.

The 2010 Spirit Award nominees. (photo)

Matt Dillon and Taraji P. Henson announced the 2010 Spirit Award nominees this morning. "The Last Station" (left), Michael Hoffman's film about the last year in the life of Leo Tolstoy, snagged five nominations, as did everyone's favorite Oscar frontrunner prediction "Precious," while homefront drama "The Messenger" got four -- but the big surprise has to be low-budget horror phenom "Paranormal Activity"'s Best First Feature nod. The Spirit Awards will be airing live on IFC Friday, March 5th at 11pm ET/8pm PT. Check out some photos from last year's red carpet. Best Feature "(500) Days of Summer" "Amreeka" "Precious" "Sin Nombre" "The Last Station" Best Director Ethan and Joel Coen, "A Serious Man" Lee Daniels, "Precious" Cary Fukunaga, "Sin Nombre" James Gray, "Two Lovers" Michael Hoffman, "The Last Station" Best First Feature "A Single Man" "Crazy Heart" "Easier With Practice" "The Messenger" "Paranormal Activity" Best Lead Female Maria Bello, "Downloading...

Matt Dillon and Taraji P. Henson announced the 2010 Spirit Award nominees this morning.

“The Last Station” (left), Michael Hoffman’s film about the last year in the life of Leo Tolstoy, snagged five nominations, as did everyone’s favorite Oscar frontrunner prediction “Precious,” while homefront drama “The Messenger” got four — but the big surprise has to be low-budget horror phenom “Paranormal Activity”‘s Best First Feature nod.

The Spirit Awards will be airing live on IFC Friday, March 5th at 11pm ET/8pm PT. Check out some photos from last year’s red carpet.

Best Feature
“(500) Days of Summer”
“Amreeka”
“Precious”
“Sin Nombre”
“The Last Station”

Best Director
Ethan and Joel Coen, “A Serious Man”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Cary Fukunaga, “Sin Nombre”
James Gray, “Two Lovers”
Michael Hoffman, “The Last Station”

Best First Feature
“A Single Man”
“Crazy Heart”
“Easier With Practice”
“The Messenger”
“Paranormal Activity”

12012009_downloadingnancy.jpgBest Lead Female
Maria Bello, “Downloading Nancy”
Nisreen Faour, “Amreeka”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Gwyneth Paltrow, “Two Lovers”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

Best Lead Male
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer”
Souleymane Sy Savane, “Goodbye Solo”
Adam Scott, “The Vicious Kind”

Best Supporting Female
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Dina Korzun, “Cold Souls”
Samantha Morton, “The Messenger”
Natalie Press, “Fifty Dead Men Walking”
Mia Wasikowska, “That Evening Sun”

Best Supporting Male
Jemaine Clement, “Gentlemen Broncos”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christian McKay, “Me and Orson Welles”
Ray McKinnon, “That Evening Sun”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”

12012009_themessenger.jpgBest Screenplay
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, “The Messenger”
Michael Hoffman, “The Last Station”
Lee Toland Krieger, “The Vicious Kind”
Greg Mottola, “Adventureland”
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best First Screenplay
Sophie Barthes, “Cold Souls”
Scott Cooper, “Crazy Heart”
Cherien Dabis, “Amreeka”
Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious”
Tom Ford, “A Single Man”

Best Foreign Film
“A Prophet,” directed by Jacques Audiard
“An Education,” directed by Lone Scherfig
“Everlasting Moments,” directed by Jan Troell
“Mother,” directed by Bong Joon-ho
“The Maid,” directed by Sebastián Silva

Best Documentary Feature
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
“Food, Inc”
“More Than A Game”
“October Country”
“Which Way Home”

12012009_treelessmountain.jpgBest Cinematography
Roger Deakins , “A Serious Man”
Adriano Goldman, “Sin Nombre”
Anne Misawa, “Treeless Mountain”
Andrij Parekh, “Cold Souls”
Peter Zeitlinger, “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”

John Cassavetes Award
“Big Fan”
“Humpday”
“The New Year Parade”
“Treeless Mountain”
“Zero Bridge”

Robert Altman Award
“A Serious Man”

Acura Someone to Watch Award
Kyle Patrick Alvarez, “Easier With Practice”
Tariq Tapa, “Zero Bridge”
Asiel Norton, “Redland”

Piaget Producers Award
Karin Chien, “Santa Mesa” and “The Exploding Girl”
Larry Fessenden, “I Sell the Dead” and “House of the Devil”
Dia Sokol, “Beeswax,” “Nights and Weekends”

Truer than Fiction Award
Natalia Almada, “El General”
Bill and Turner Ross, “45365″
Jessica Oreck, “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo”

[Photos: "The Last Station," Sony Classics, 2009; "The Messenger," Oscilloscope, 2009; "Treeless Mountain," Oscilloscope, 2009; "Downloading Nancy," Strand Releasing, 2009]

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