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“The Artist,” “Hugo” lead 2012 Academy Award winners

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After an awards season that foretold a lot of sure things and few surprises, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored “The Artist” with Best Picture and four other Oscars at the organization’s 84th annual ceremony. Michel Havanvicius’ tribute to the films of the silent era was the first silent film in 83 years to take home the night’s top honor, even as it took home honors in the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Score, and Best Costume Design. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” collected five statuettes of its own for Best Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Art Direction and Cinematography.

After the first two categories announced at the ceremony, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, went to “Hugo,” it seemed possible that Scorsese’s homage to cinema’s earliest days might prevail. But after “The Artist” picked up Best Art Direction, a horse race quickly emerged between the two throwbacks, while the legitimate four-legged contender, “War Horse,” seemed destined to go home empty handed (it was nominated for six awards). Perhaps the only real surprise of the night was when Meryl Streep won Best Actress over Viola Davis; Davis’ performance in “The Help” was widely considered the one to beat throughout the awards season, but after 17 nominations and 20 years, Streep prevailed.

Otherwise, the ceremony itself was fairly understated, possibly owing to the retro vibe of the whole evening, starting with the nostalgic nominees and extending even to the performance by host Billy Crystal, a last- minute replacement for Eddie Murphy who went back to several of his old routines from years past. Although Murphy and former producer Brett Ratner might have brought the show a much more modern, irreverent, and – gasp! – irreverent vibe, Crystal mostly kept proceeding moving smoothly, and had a couple of knockout gags later in the show when he read the minds of attendees in the crowd, and eventually landed on Nick Nolte, whose incoherent grumble made for a terrific (if a little bit mean-spirited) punch line.

Check out a full list of the winners below:

Best Picture
“The Artist”

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Director
Michel Hazanivicius, “The Artist”

Short Film (Animated)
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

Documentary Short Subject
“Saving Face”

Short Film (Live Action)
“The Shore”

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” Bret McKenzie

Music (Original Score)
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Visual Effects
“Hugo”

Best Animated Feature
“Rango”

Documentary Feature
“Undefeated”

Sound Mixing
“Hugo”

Sound Editing
“Hugo”

Film Editing
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Foreign Feature
“A Separation”

Makeup
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”

Costume Design
“The Artist”

Art Direction
“Hugo”

Cinematography
“Hugo”

Who do you think was snubbed at this year’s Oscars? Let us know in the comments below.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.