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Great moments in MTV Movie Awards?

Great moments in MTV Movie Awards? (photo)

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The nominations for this year’s MTV Movie Awards were announced yesterday, to the evident excitement of no one in particular. New categories include “Global Superstar,” “Best Scared-as-SH*T Performance” and “Biggest Badass Star”; “Twilight,” “Avatar” and “The Hangover” slaughtered everything in the nominations department, in keeping with the ceremonies’ populist bent and reputation for rewarding precisely those movies that triumph over critics’ sneers.

For all the show’s looseness (or appearance of; up through 2006, it was stitched together for broadcast from separately filmed parts), there’s something kind of joyless and cynical about the awards’ predictable genuflection to teens, whose loyalties are easily bought. It’s pretty clear the Awards used to skew at least a little older; either that, or teens in the ’90s were slightly more open to the idea of watching non-comedies about people older than themselves. (“A Few Good Men” won Best Picture in 1993, which seems pretty improbable in retrospect.) At the very least, the Awards can claim credit for their now-defunct Best New Filmmaker category, which correctly identified Wes Anderson, Steve James, and Sofia Coppola early — as well as, more impressively, “Hoop Dreams”‘ Steve James. (In deference, it’d seem, to greater tact/concern about the language of sexual harassment, the “Most Desirable” thespian categories were retired long before that.)

And while it’s surely a question of forgetting details, for a show that lets America’s youngest and most pursued demographic get what they want entertainment-wise, the Awards have produced surprisingly few memorable moments just for pure fun. Last year’s big highlight was Sacha Baron Cohen’s staged conflict with Eminem; I also remember the White Stripes blowing the roof off in 2002 (the staged crowd filling the dance floor looked surprisingly raucous). That’s about it, though; no matter the host, the show doesn’t seem noticeably more relaxed or spontaneous than any other. It’s not really surprising the official synopses tend to mock the broadcast in MTV’s own mid-90s language of snark and self-dismissal, even for shows too recent to look back on with some degree of self-aware affection.

05132010_dumb.jpgOf course, Viacom companies are some of the most vigilant about monitoring YouTube for clips of any of their property, which makes it difficult to jog old memories. Nonetheless, in the interest of staying positive, here’s a clip from 1995 that seems relevant since “Iron Man 2” will be dominating theaters for a bit. This is Robert Downey Jr. presenting Best Comedic Performance to Jim Carrey for “Dumb and Dumber.” At this moment, Carrey is pretty much the biggest star in the world and Downey’s just a cult actor — a state of affairs that’s almost completely inverted now. Just before his public difficulties would start, Downey seems relaxed and — while not yet known as a straight comic actor, just a few years after “Chaplin” was his big bid for Serious Thespian status — he’s able to keep up with Carrey, especially in the backstage moment after. It really is a bit of flashback magic. So there’s something to this show after all, I guess, just like every piece of pop cultural garbage left alone for 15 years:

[Photos: “A Few Good Men,” Columbia, 1992; “Dumb & Dumber,” New Line Cinema, 1994.]

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…