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Oscar picks, class of ’08.

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Because they don’t count unless you’re willing to throw down on record, my Oscar picks, after the jump.

[A disclaimer: Last year I was on fire, anointed by some god of Oscar prognostication. This year, all the angels have gone and I feel no such certainty.]


Best picture: “No Country for Old Men”

Lead actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”

Lead actress: Julie Christie in “Away from Her”

Supporting actor: Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”

Supporting actress: Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”

Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”

Animated feature: “Ratatouille”

Adapted screenplay: “No Country for Old Men,” written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Original screenplay: “Juno,” written by Diablo Cody

Animated short: “Madame Tutli-Putli”

Live-action short: “Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)”

Sound editing: “There Will Be Blood,” Matthew Wood

Sound mixing: “No Country for Old Men,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland

Visual effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

Art direction: “Atonement,” Art direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

Cinematography: Roger Deakins, “No Country for Old Men”

Costume design: Jacqueline Durran, “Atonement”

Documentary feature: “No End in Sight”

Documentary short subject: “Sari’s Mother”

Editing: Roderick Jaynes, “No Country for Old Men”

Foreign language film: “Beaufort” – Israel

Makeup: Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald, “La Vie en Rose”

Music – score: Dario Marianelli, “Atonement”

Music – song: “Falling Slowly” from “Once,” Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

[Photo: You’re getting pretty tired of that one, hmm? Well, I’m pretty tired of uploading it. “No Country for Old Men,” Miramax, 2007]

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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

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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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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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