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We hope you got your priceless Orson Welles Oscar before it sold out


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Someone’s getting one hell of a surprise in their Christmas stocking this year.

As we told you last week, Orson Welles‘ one Academy Award, for the screenplay of 1941’s “Citizen Kane,” was put up for auction recently. If you were inordinately wealthy and a talentless hack, here was your own chance to have your very own Oscar. And not just any Oscar, but a piece of film history.

Well, we hope you got yours before it sold out: the Welles Oscar auction is over and one very lucky, very anonymous, and very very rich person scored the little gold man with a final bid of $861,542. According to TheWrap, the losing bidders included magician David Copperfield, who is apparently an avid collector of Welles memorabilia. Some magician! Someone was way better at making eight hundred grand disappear than he was. On a side note: with $860,000, you could make a reasonably good-looking movie. It might even win you an Oscar or two.

Just four years ago, the same Welles Oscar failed to meet a reserve price at auction, and didn’t sell at all. So somebody‘s doing well in this bum economy. I have no idea who that might be, but here’s what I hope he or she does with their award: tells no one about it, then dumps it in an enormous warehouse full of thousands of other collected knick-knacks, trinkets, and priceless works of art. Then when this person dies someday, on their death bed they say one word — “Oscar” — fueling an enormous hunt for the answer to this riddle.

What would YOU pay for your very own Oscar? Tell us in the comments below or write to us 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

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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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