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Yay! Awards!

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12042008_frozenriver.jpgCourtney Hunt’s “Frozen River” may turn out to the year’s big winner, at least in the indie film award ghetto — it won Best Feature at the Gothams on Tuesday, with star Melissa Leo taking the Breakthrough Actor award, and it’s been nominated for seven Spirit Awards. “Trouble the Water” took the Best Doc prize, Lance Hammer was deemed breakthrough director for “Ballast,” and “Sita Sings the Blues” picked up the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You prize. More at indieWIRE.

Meanwhile, the National Board of Review, traditionally the first of the circles to hand out best o’ the year designations, has picked “Slumdog Millionaire” as film of the year, with “Burn After Reading,” Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” Defiance,” ‘Frost/Nixon,” “Gran Torino.” “Milk,” Wall-E” and “The Wrestler” rounding out their top ten, in alpha order. Yes, that’s two salutes to Mr. Eastwood, filmmaker, though it’s David Fincher they’ve named as best director. The complete list is here.

Though the lines blur, awards these days seem to have settled into three strata — the mainstream, the indie mainstream and the truly arthouse, the latter mainly the domain of indie critics and bloggers who sometimes also seem to be the only people who’ve actually managed to see many of the films they laud. At any rate, this year isn’t shaping up to be one in which a film like “There Will Be Blood” ends up a favorite across the board.

[Photo: “Frozen River,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2008]

+ “Frozen River” and “Trouble the Water” Take the Gothams (indieWIRE)
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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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