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Gotham awards announce 2011 nominees

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Like it or not, here comes awards season. It kicked off in earnest this morning with the announcement of the 21st annual Gotham Awards, where “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Descendants” each scored three nominations. That doesn’t sound like much, but at an awards show with just six categories total — including two they were ineligible for — it’s pretty damn good.

“The Descendants,” the new film from “Sideways” director Alexander Payne, is up for Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Breakthrough Actor (Shailene Woodley), while “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” earned nominations for Best Ensemble Performance, Breakthrough Director (Sean Durkin — my interview with him goes up later this afternoon), and Breakthrough Actor (Elizabeth Olsen — read our interview with her here).

I was personally pleased to see two of my favorite movies of the year so far — “Take Shelter” and “Beginners” — up for Best Feature alongside “The Descendants” and the rest of the field: Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life,” and Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 column. And speaking of that column, the subject of tomorrow’s piece, “Bill Cunningham New York,” earned a Best Documentary nominated. Wthout spoiling too much of what I’m going to write tomorrow, it’s well deserved. The two biggest Gotham snubs were probably Tom McCarthy’s wonderful family drama “Win Win,” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s poetic action movie “Drive,” which were both worthy of Best Feature and Best Ensemble nominations.

You’ll find the full list of 2011 Gotham Awards nominees below. The winners will be announced in New York City on November 28, by which point awards season will be in full swing, by which point we’ll all be starting to get sick of talking about these movies.

The 2011 Gotham Awards Nominees

Best Feature:
“Beginners,” directed by Mike Mills
“The Descendants,” directed by Alexander Payne
“Meek’s Cutoff,” directed by Kelly Reichardt
“Take Shelter,” directed by Jeff Nichols
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick

Best Documentary:
“Better This World,” directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
“Bill Cunningham New York,” directed by Richard Press
“Hell and Back Again,” directed by Danfung Dennis
“The Interrupters,” directed by Steve James
“The Woodmans,” directed by C. Scott Willis

Best Ensemble Performance:
“Beginners”
“The Descendants”
“Margin Call”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Take Shelter”

Breakthrough Director:
Mike Cahill, “Another Earth”
Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Vera Farmiga, “Higher Ground”
Evan Glodell, “Bellflower”
Dee Rees, “Pariah”

Breakthrough Actor:
Felicity Jones, “Like Crazy”
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Harmony Santana, “Gun Hill Road”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
Jacob Wysocki, “Terri”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You:
“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same,” directed by Madeleine Olnek
“Green,” directed by Sophia Takal
“The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” directed by Eric Strauss
“Scenes of a Crime,” directed by Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
“Without,” directed by Mark Jackson

What’s the best movie you’ve seen so far this year? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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…