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"Constant motion is the new laziness."
You may remember that last year IFP’s Gotham Awards (always first off the bat in awards season) chose to salute such neglected but spunky little flicks as "The Departed" and "Marie Antoinette" amongst the traditional indie fare, claiming the awards were "about honoring films made with a single vision versus films made by committee." This year, the nominations are back in the undeniably indie if still generally not microbudget range:

Best Feature:

"Great World of Sound"Craig Zobel (Magnolia)
"I’m Not There"Todd Haynes (Weinstein Co.)
"Into the Wild"Sean Penn (Paramount Vantage)
"Margot at the Wedding"Noah Baumbach (Paramount Vantage)
"The Namesake"Mira Nair (Fox Searchlight)

Best Documentary:

"The Devil Came on Horseback" – Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern (International Film Circuit)
"Jimmy Carter Man From Plains" – Jonathan Demme (Sony Pictures Classics)
"My Kid Could Paint That" – Amir Bar-Lev (Sony Pictures Classics)
"Sicko" – Michael Moore (Weinstein Co.)
"Taxi to the Dark Side" – Alex Gibney (ThinkFilm)

Best Ensemble Cast:

"Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead" – Albert Finney, Rosemary Harris, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brian F. O’Byrne, Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Marisa Tomei (ThinkFilm)
"The Last Winter" – Connie Britton, Kevin Corrigan, Zach Gilford, James LeGros, Ron Perlman (IFC First Take)
"Margot at the Wedding" – Jack Black, Flora Cross, Ciarán Hinds, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Zane Pais, John Turturro (Paramount Vantage)
"The Savages" – Philip Bosco, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney (Fox Searchlight)
"Talk to Me" – Cedric the Entertainer, Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mike Epps, Vondie Curtis Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Martin Sheen (Focus Features)

Breakthrough Director:

Lee Isaac Chung, "Munyurangabo"
Stephane Gauger, "Owl and the Sparrow"
Julia Loktev, "Day Night Day Night" (IFC First Take)
David Von Ancken, "Seraphim Falls" (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Craig Zobel, "Great World of Sound" (Magnolia Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor:

Emile Hirsch, "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage)
Kene Holliday, "Great World of Sound" (Magnolia)
Ellen Page, "Juno" (Fox Searchlight)
Jess Weixler, "Teeth" (Roadside Attractions)
Luisa Williams, "Day Night Day Night" (IFC First Take)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You:

"August the First" – Lanre Olabisi
"Frownland" – Ronald Bronstein
"Loren Cass" – Chris Fuller
"Mississippi Chicken" – John Fiege
"Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa" – Jeremy Stulberg & Randy Stulberg

The Gotham Awards will be held at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn this year on November 27th.

+ Gothams shy away from studios with noms (Hollywood Reporter)

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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