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Carnivore Movies Versus Vegetarian Ones?

Carnivore Movies Versus Vegetarian Ones? (photo)

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On Tuesday, Anne Thompson reasoned out why “The Kids Are All Right” will likely get nominated for best picture, but not director. The Academy, she explains, is full of “Steak Eaters”:

They’re red-blooded males (not just American–Europeans and Aussies too), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for The Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, Gladiator, Avatar and yes, Crash over Brokeback Mountain. “They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” says one veteran Oscar campaigner. “True Grit is for them.”

“The Kids Are All Right,” on the other hand, is implied to be a salad of a movie — female-centric, relationship-driven, an intimate comedy that doesn’t sport any flashier instances of craft, effects or attention-getting cinematography, all obstacles to winning Oscars in the categories of picture and director. At the Hollywood Reporter, Tim Appelo counters Thompson’s point by noting that a film like “127 Hours” is equally held back by its beefy violent qualities, which have scared a portion of the audience away. He adds:

But lots of frontrunners aren’t really all that steaklike. “How steak-eating is The King’s Speech?” asks one veteran of the Oscar wars. Tea-sipping, more like. If The Social Network isn’t vegan, at most it eats takeout sushi. Yes, it’s got some bachelor-party Steak Eater action in the Justin Timberlake scenes, but even though he’s got charisma, he’s not the one getting the Oscar-prediction action.

Metaphor run amuck! But I do think Appelo is oversimplifying Thompson’s division here, which isn’t really one of men are from planet sex and violence, women are from planet pages of dialog. Of course “The King’s Speech” is a steak movie — it’s about manning up, overcoming your fears and demonstrating a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, World War II and that dreaded microphone. And “The Social Network” is a film about destroying personal relationships for the sake of success and power — how filet mignon is that?

Really, the issue here is less one of steak than (cough) stakes — there’s technically no reason why a relationship dramedy couldn’t be considered the best film of the year by the Academy, but when it comes down to Oscar night, the statuettes more often go to films about conflict and suffering, about “important” topics, preferable involving people dying.

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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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