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The urban drama "Precious" and the Leo Tolstoy period piece "The Last Station" each have earned a leading five nominations for the Spirit Awards that honor independent film.

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The two acclaimed movies will compete for best feature film with the romance "500 Days of Summer" and the immigrant dramas "Amreeka" and "Sin Nombre."

The war-on-terror drama "The Messenger" ran second with four nominations, including best feature from a first-time director.

Also nominated for best first feature is the horror sensation "Paranormal Activity," which was shot for just $15,000 and has taken in more than $100 million at the box office.

The Spirit Awards will be held March 5, 2010.

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