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"If he studies hard, he could be a doctor or a lawyer."Some of the winners of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the "Chinese Oscars," if you will:

Best Picture: "Kung Fu Hustle"

Best Director: Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle")


Best Leading Actor: Aaron Kwok
("Divergence")

Best Leading Actress: Shu Qi ("Three Times")

Audience Choice Award: "Saving Face"

Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Wong ("Initial D")

Best Supporting Actress: Yuen Qiu ("Kung Fu Hustle")

Best Documentary: "Jump! Boys"

Goddamn, we love "Kung Fu Hustle." Someday we’ll write an essay on Stephen Chow’s recent films as presenting a spirit of cultural reclamation in the face of an increasingly globalized, free market China…or maybe we’ll just talk about how we’re going to write an essay. "Initial D" is a big-budget Hong Kong live-action adaptation of a popular anime series that stars hugely popular Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, who was named Best New Performer.

At The Age, Garry Maddox reports that "Look Both Ways" (which was presented with the Discovery Award at Toronto) was the big winner at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, picking up best film, director, screenplay, editing and actor (William McInnes). Later in the month, the Australian Film Awards, the "Australian Oscars," if you will.

We and our colleagues here at IFC News, much to our display, have had to turn our thoughts to awards, so tomorrow we’ll publish our combined extremely early and thus fairly useless thoughts on the Academy Awards, the "Oscars," if you will.

Movie City News has the list of People’s Choice Awards (the Idiot Oscars?) nominees.

indieWIRE‘s hard-working Eugene Hernandez reports on further news from the upcoming Gotham Awards: "Mad Hot Ballroom" will get a special and mysterious Celebrate New York prize, while five nominees for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You prize have been selected by the editors of Filmmaker magazine. Descriptions of the films over at the Filmmaker blog. Also at indieWIRE, Brian Brooks sends a dispatch from the AFI Fest, which has just finished up. Norway’s "Kissed by Winter" won the grand jury prize, while the Canadian "C.R.A.Z.Y." and South Africa’s "Tsotsi" share the audience award.

+ The Winner of 42nd Golden Horse Awards (Official site)
+ Film critics have it ‘Both Ways’ (The Age)
+ People’s Choice Awards Nominations (Movie City News)
+ "Mad Hot Ballroom" Selected for Gotham Prize; Undistributed Film Nominees Unveiled (indieWIRE)
+ ATTRACTIONS FROM FAR AWAY (Filmmaker Blog)
+ "Kissed By Winter" "Refugee All Stars" "Tsotsi" and "C.R.A.Z.Y." Honored as AFI Fest Concludes (indieWIRE)

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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…