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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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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…