Natalie Portman & James Franco Get Spirit Awards Nod -- Are the Oscars Next?

Will the love for their films Black Swan and 127 Hours keep coming through awards show season?

The nominations for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced and many notable names have scored nods in this year's race. But could the Spirit Awards recognition be a predictor as to who will take home Oscar gold?

Oscar night could be doubly exciting for James Franco, who has been tapped to co-host the Oscars with Anne Hathaway in February. Franco is up for lead actor at the Spirit Awards for his role in 127 Hours, against Ben Stiller (Greenberg); John C. Reilly (Cyrus); Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole) and Ronald Bronstein (Daddy Longlegs). Will he get Oscar love, as well?

127 Hours was also nominated for best feature and will compete against Black Swan, Winter's Bone, The Kids Are All Right and Greenberg.

Black Swan star Natalie Portman is going for the Spirit's lead actress win, and she's up against some tough competition. Also nominated in that category: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right; Greta Gerwig for Greenberg; Nicole Kidman for her role in Rabbit Hole; Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone.

Winter's Bone came out on top of the nominations, with seven in total, while 127 Hours, Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right got multiple nods.

The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on Feb. 26 and will air live on IFC. Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 25.

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