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Odds: Friday – Awards, schmawards.

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[We just read at indieWIRE that Garrett Scott, one of the directors of "Occupation: Dreamland," passed away yesterday. Our sincere condolences to Scott’s friends and family.]

Tomorrow: Independent Spirit Awards, live, IFC, 5pm ET/2pm PT. Day after, Oscars, as if you needed telling.

It seems a little unfair to us that Family Media Guide’s tallying up of the various family-unfriendly incidences in this year’s Best Picture nominees was picked up by wire services unfairly as a serious condemnation of "Crash"‘s potty-mouth. They make it pretty clear it’s to be taken lightly, and we love their prediction methods. Fun fact: "The amount of tobacco use jumped 313% compared to last year’s nominees, thanks largely to the two-and-a-half-pack-a-day juggernaut ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ which, with 67 instances, had twice as many instances of smoking as any other film this year."

Entertainment Weekly
‘s got "11 Memorable Oscar Moments," while Jim Emerson at posts his list of the "10 Worst Oscars Winners Ever."

Gregg Kilday at the Hollywood Reporter sums up the Oscar campaign and Oscar coverage that was:

Among the online Oscar pundits, the walk-up to the nominations turned into something akin to shootout at the oy, gay! corral, with "Munich" proponents taking aim at "Brokeback" supporters and vice versa. In the postnominations period — with "Brokeback," on the strength of its multiple guild wins, established as the prohibitive favorite — the debate has shifted to whether "Crash" can break through for an upset.

Hah, "oy, gay! corral"… Can we go home yet?

indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez looks over the "Indiewood Oscars" — and posts his picks here.

In the New York Times, Dave Carr posts his predictions, and immediately has doubts.

Bryan Curtis, Troy Patterson and Dana Stevens discuss the awards at Slate.

Matt Zoller Seitz introduces and has all the relevant links for this weekend’s Robert Altman Blog-a-thon.

Todd at Twitch announces that Takashi Miike is blogging, and someone’s started translating.

+ Analyzes the 2006 Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture (
+ Oscar’s 11 Memorable Moments (EW)
+ The 10 Worst Oscar Winners Ever (
+ Oscar night focus on serious subjects (Hollywood Reporter)
+ The Indiewood Oscars — Four Specialty Films (Made For $35 Million Combined) Share The Spotlight on Awards Weekend (indieWIRE)
+ One Last Best Shot at Calling the Oscars (NY Times)
+ How To Watch the Oscars (Slate)

+ Altman, now more than ever (The House Next Door)
+ Miike’s Blogging! (Twitch)

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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