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Golden Globes 2012 recap: “The Artist” and “The Descendants” rule the night

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“The Descendants” waited until the last two Golden Globes awards of the night to prove that it is still a major contender in the awards season race. The Alexander Payne flick walked away with two of the most prestigious honors of the night: Best Picture — Drama and Best Actor — Drama.

Producer Jim Taylor offered up the first acceptance speech for the Best Picture win and described star George Clooney as the “quarterback” of the production who “helped everyone do their very best.” He appropriately described the role as Clooney’s “career best performance,” as Clooney had won the Best Actor award earlier in the night.

But it really was “The Artist'”s to shine. The movie won three awards during the night, including Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, Best Actor — Comedy or Musical and Best Score. If that isn’t a sure sign that “The Artist” is a frontrunner in the Oscar race, we don’t know what is. Producer Thomas Langmann kept his Best Picture acceptance speech short and sweet, thanking those closest to the project as well as his late father.

“Thank you Harvey Weinstein, the punisher, the boss, and this incredible cast but most of all thank you to [director] Michel [Hazanavicius], not only for your unique film but for who you are,” Langmann said.

Interestingly enough, it was neither “The Descendants” director Alexander Payne or “The Artist’s” Hazanavicius who took home the Best Director prize. That honor went to Martin Scorsese for “Hugo.” He thanked his wife, who suggested to him that he “make a film that our daughter can see for once.” That award is the only award “Hugo” took home during the night.

The two leading ladies of the 2012 Golden Globes were Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams. Streep won Best Actress — Drama for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She started her acceptance speech with, “When [host] Ricky Gervais‘s deal fell through and came to me to play Margaret Thatcher” but then quickly trailed off and admitted, I can’t joke.” Williams won Best Actress — Comedy or Musical for “My Week With Marilyn.”

“Beginners” won the only award it was nominated for during the night — Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer. He was up against some pretty hefty competition, including likely candidate Albert Brooks for his performance in “Drive,” Jonah Hill in “Moneyball,” Viggo Mortensen in “A Dangerous Method” and Kenneth Branagh in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Octavia Spencer won her first Globe for “The Help” tonight, earning the film its only win with her best supporting dramatic actress award. “A Separation” solidified itself as a likely contender to take home the Oscar for best foreign film as it won the Globe tonight. And absent nominee Woody Allen won the award for best screenplay for his latest film, “Midnight in Paris.”

It really was no contest for the best animated film Globe. Steven Spielberg took home the award for “The Adventures of Tintin,” his first animated film. Spielberg made sure to thank his partner Peter Jackson, the executives at Paramount and Sony for being conviced that “Peter and I could make the telephone book if we wanted to,” and lastly his star Andy Serkis, who Speilberg dubbed as “the man of many digital faces.”

Madonna won the Golden Globe for Best Song, “Masterpiece,” which was featured in the movie she both wrote and directed, “W.E.” It’s the first time the Super Bowl halftime show singer has won a Globe since she was named best actress in a comedy or musical doe “Evita” at the 1996 awards show.

For a list of all of the night’s winners, click here.

What did you think of tonight’s Golden Globes winners and loser? Who did you think was snubbed? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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