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Independent Spirit Award Nominees Announced

Independent Spirit Award Nominees Announced (photo)

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This morning, Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival — announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nominees were chosen from over 270 movies, all of which had budgets less than $20 million. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Feb. 25, 2012 and broadcast at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

The apocalyptic drama “Take Shelter” and the black-and-white silent film “The Artist” emerged as top contenders for the 27th annual Spirit Awards, earning five nominations each, including nominations for best feature, along with “50/50,” “Beginners,” “Drive” and “The Descendants.”

In the female lead category, Michelle Williams was nominated for her role in “My Week With Marilyn,” along with Elizabeth Olsen for “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Lauren Ambrose for “Think of Me,” Rachael Harris for “Natural Selection” and Adepero Oduye for “Pariah.”

Ryan Gosling was nominated for male lead in “Drive,” as were Demian Bichir for “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” Woody Harrelson for “Rampart” and Michael Shannon for “Take Shelter.”

In the directing category, Film Independent acknowledged Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Mike Mills (“Beginners”), Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”), Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) and Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call” received the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film for director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Last year’s Spirit Awards top nominees were “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right.” Both films went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.

Winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.


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…