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“The Artist,” “Hugo” lead 2012 Academy Award winners

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After an awards season that foretold a lot of sure things and few surprises, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored “The Artist” with Best Picture and four other Oscars at the organization’s 84th annual ceremony. Michel Havanvicius’ tribute to the films of the silent era was the first silent film in 83 years to take home the night’s top honor, even as it took home honors in the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Score, and Best Costume Design. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” collected five statuettes of its own for Best Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Art Direction and Cinematography.

After the first two categories announced at the ceremony, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, went to “Hugo,” it seemed possible that Scorsese’s homage to cinema’s earliest days might prevail. But after “The Artist” picked up Best Art Direction, a horse race quickly emerged between the two throwbacks, while the legitimate four-legged contender, “War Horse,” seemed destined to go home empty handed (it was nominated for six awards). Perhaps the only real surprise of the night was when Meryl Streep won Best Actress over Viola Davis; Davis’ performance in “The Help” was widely considered the one to beat throughout the awards season, but after 17 nominations and 20 years, Streep prevailed.

Otherwise, the ceremony itself was fairly understated, possibly owing to the retro vibe of the whole evening, starting with the nostalgic nominees and extending even to the performance by host Billy Crystal, a last- minute replacement for Eddie Murphy who went back to several of his old routines from years past. Although Murphy and former producer Brett Ratner might have brought the show a much more modern, irreverent, and – gasp! – irreverent vibe, Crystal mostly kept proceeding moving smoothly, and had a couple of knockout gags later in the show when he read the minds of attendees in the crowd, and eventually landed on Nick Nolte, whose incoherent grumble made for a terrific (if a little bit mean-spirited) punch line.

Check out a full list of the winners below:

Best Picture
“The Artist”

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Director
Michel Hazanivicius, “The Artist”

Short Film (Animated)
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

Documentary Short Subject
“Saving Face”

Short Film (Live Action)
“The Shore”

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” Bret McKenzie

Music (Original Score)
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Visual Effects
“Hugo”

Best Animated Feature
“Rango”

Documentary Feature
“Undefeated”

Sound Mixing
“Hugo”

Sound Editing
“Hugo”

Film Editing
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Foreign Feature
“A Separation”

Makeup
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, “The Iron Lady”

Costume Design
“The Artist”

Art Direction
“Hugo”

Cinematography
“Hugo”

Who do you think was snubbed at this year’s Oscars? Let us know in the comments below.

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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…