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The 2010 Gotham Awards Nominations

The 2010 Gotham Awards Nominations (photo)

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Are you ready for awards season? Well too bad, because it officially started today with the announcement of the nominees for the 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The best movies of the year determined in mid-October? That’s how the Gotham Awards rolls…and the (very strong batch of) nominees are:

Best Feature
“Black Swan” by Darren Aronofsky
“Blue Valentine” by Derek Cianfrance
“The Kids Are All Right” by Lisa Cholodenko
“Let Me In” by Matt Reeves
“Winter’s Bone” by Debra Granik

Best Documentary
“12th & Delaware” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
“Inside Job” by Charles Ferguson
“The Oath” by Laura Poitras
“Public Speaking” by Martin Scorsese
“Sweetgrass” by Lucien Castai

Best Ensemble Performance
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Life During Wartime”
“Please Give”
“Tiny Furniture”
“Winter’s Bone”

Breakthrough Director
John Wells for “The Company Men”
Kevin Asch for “Holy Rollers”
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa for “I Love You Phillip Morris”
Tanya Hamilton for “Night Catches Us”
Lena Dunham for “Tiny Furniture”

Breakthrough Actor
Prince Adu in “Prince of Broadway”
Ronald Bronstein in “Daddy Longlegs”
Greta Gerwig in “Greenberg”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
John Ortiz in “Jack Goes Boating”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
“Kati with an i” by Robert Greene, director
“Littlerock” by Mike Ott
“On Coal River” by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood
“Summer Pasture” by Lynn True and Nelson Walker
“The Wolf Knife” by Laurel Nakadate

There’s definitely a few surprises, though probably none bigger than a Best Feature nod for “Let Me In,” the American remake of the cult Swedish vampire film, which has gotten decent but not outstanding reviews and struggled at the box office. Plus there’s a Martin Scorsese doc nominated, but it isn’t the one that played at the New York Film Festival (that would be “A Letter to Elia”). According to Deadline, “Public Speaking,” about “New York writer Fran Lebowitz, her worldview and experiences,” premieres on HBO in November. I do love that the Gothams have a “Best Film Not Playing at Theater Near You Award” when most of these films aren’t playing at a theater near you and won’t for many months, if ever. But that’s great; they’re shining a light on some deserving and hard-to-find films. A few, like the powerful documentary “The Oath”, are already available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 29th, where Robert Duvall, Hilary Swank, Darren Aronofsky (also nominated for his “Black Swan” — frontrunner?), and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will also receive career tributes.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…