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And Now, the 2011 WGA Award Nominees

And Now, the 2011 WGA Award Nominees (photo)

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Yesterday the producers, today the writers. Tomorrow, presumably, the caterers and grips (my sources tell me the duck confit on the “Clash of the Titans” set was on point). Yes, the Writers Guild of America have announced their picks for finest movies of 2010. And writers must have a unique perspective on cinematic excellence, right? A better or at least different knowledge of what makes a script and a film great? No, they pretty much like all the same movies we do. And the nominees are:

Original Screenplay
“Black Swan”
Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
Story by Andres Heinz

“The Fighter”
Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

Written by Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right”
Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“Please Give”
Written by Nicole Holofcener

Adapted Screenplay
“127 Hours”
Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
Based on the book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” by Aron Ralston

“I Love You Phillip Morris”
Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra
Based on the book by Steven McVicker

“The Social Network”
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich

“The Town”
Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard
Based on the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan

“True Grit”
Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Based on the novel by Charles Portis

Documentary Screenplay
“Enemies of the People”
Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath

“Freedom Riders”
Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson

Written and Directed by Josh Fox

“Inside Job”
Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson
Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt

“The Two Escobars”
Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist

“Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?”
Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld

Before you ask the WGA considers docs for the Documentary Screenplay Award if they feature an onscreen writing credit (they also need to be exhibited theatrically in New York or LA for one week). Regarding the list of films as a whole, I suppose there are a few surprises (including “I Love You Phillip Morris” by Requa and Ficarra) and it is interesting to note that seven out of the ten fiction film nominees came from writers who were also directors. But you didn’t need a crystal ball to predict most of these movies.

People arbitrarily decide whether it was a “good year for movies” or a “bad year for movies.” 2010 had the “bad year” tag for a while. But then so many good films came out in the four months that I’ve started arguing the opposite. At this point, the repetition and boredom of this awards season is making me rethink that position. There can only be this much consensus about the best movies of the year if there aren’t a lot of really good movies to pick between. Sure “The Social Network” and “Black Swan” were great (they made my top ten list, after all). But it seems like everyone loves these movies. The fun of awards season is the debate: “Saving Private Ryan” versus “Shakespeare in Love,” “Avatar” versus “The Hurt Locker.” And that’s something that’s sorely lacking this year so far. I hope the Caterers and Grips Nominees stir some up. Winners for the WGA Awards will be announced Saturday, February 5 at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

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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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