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The Spirit Awards Get “Precious”

The Spirit Awards Get “Precious” (photo)

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“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” director Lee Daniels’ film about how an abused Harlem teenager pulls herself away from her degrading home life with help from a teacher, a social worker and a hospital nurse, swept the 2010 Spirit Awards tonight, winning best feature, director, first screenplay, supporting female (for Mo’Nique) and female lead (first timer Gabourey Sidibe).

Crowd favorites “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” and “(500) Days of Summer” won the prizes for best documentary and best screenplay, while Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” was designated best first feature. Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Humpday” won the John Cassavetes Award for best film under $500,000, and Jeff Bridges (for “Crazy Heart”) and Woody Harrelson (for “The Messenger”) won best supporting actor and best lead actor.

Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” picked up the prize for best foreign film, and Roger Deakins snagged the prize for best cinematography for “A Serious Man.”

Best Feature:
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness

Best Director:
Lee Daniels, “Precious”

Best First Feature:
“Crazy Heart”
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall

Best Screenplay:
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best First Screenplay:
Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious”

John Cassavetes Award (For the best feature made under $500,000):
Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton

Best Supporting Female:
Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Supporting Male:
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”

Best Female:
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

12092009_crazyheart7.jpgBest Male:
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”

Best Cinematography:
Roger Deakins , “A Serious Man”

Best Foreign Film:
“An Education”
Director: Lone Scherfig

Best Documentary:
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
Director: Sacha Gervasi

Acura Someone to Watch Award:
Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director of “Easier With Practice”

Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award:
Bill Ross and Turner Ross, directors of “45365”

Piaget Producers Award
Karin Chien, producer of “The Exploding Girl” and “Santa Mesa”

The 2010 Spirit Awards were hosted by Eddie Izzard and aired live and uncensored on IFC.

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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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