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2011 Oscars Recap, Gif-Style

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The 2011 Academy Awards started out with a lot of promised. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are young, vibrant, and appeal to a younger demographic, which is a good thing for an awards show when the top accolades are expected to go to a movie targeted at the over-50 demographic (yeah, “The King’s Speech”, we’re looking at you). The show started off strong with an almost funny “Inception”-themed opener:


Then Melissa Leo won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Fighter” and dropped the first ever Oscars F-bomb, making her one of our all time favorite winners. But from that high point (for those entertained by an irrepressible potty-mouth) things started to get a bit sleepy. Our hopes were high when Christian Bale, who is usually good for a crazy or two, won for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter:


But instead he gave an endearing shout-out to his wife and daughter and hardly a hint of humor. We were still optimistic when Aaron Sorkin won for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Social Network” for making this magic happen:


In fact, Sorkin and Best Original Screenplay winner David Seidler of “The King’s Speech”, had the best speeches of the night, which makes sense as they are writers. Too bad they couldn’t have lent some of their talent to the producers of the Academy Awards. Instead the hosts were delivering clunkers about lesbians in the Best Picture nominees:


Even Oprah coming out to present the best documentary couldn’t save the show:


We were kind of hoping that Banksy would win for his film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” just so we could see who and/or what the incognito artist would send to collect his award. Maybe Justin Timberlake?


Guess the Academy pulled the ultimate prank on him when they gave the award for Best Documentary to “The Inside Job”, which was deserving, but added no drama to the ceremony.

Similarly lacking in drama, were the Best Actor and Actress awards. Natalie Portman for her role in “Black Swan” and Colin Firth for his in “The King’s Speech” were the top of everyone’s Oscar pools for Best Actress and Actor. Their wins were well-deserved, but unexpected and when you combine a lack of upsets with really awkward dialogue… well, let’s have Helena Bonham Carter sum it up:


The lack of suspense continued through the rest of the ceremony. While we love “The King’s Speech”:


It was the odds-on favorite to win, so when it was crowned Best Picture and Tom Hooper took home Best Director, we weren’t exactly surprised:


But at least we could still chuckle over it’s secret.

Next year our vote for host is show stealer Kirk Douglas or these guys:


Preferably wearing Anne Hathaway’s dress:


That’s a wrap for the awards season. See you next year!

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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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