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“The Artist” leads the 2012 Spirit Awards winners


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It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to this year’s awards season that “The Artist” swept the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The critically acclaimed black-and-white silent film beat out fan favorites like “Drive” and “50/50” to bring home the awards for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Jean Dujardin) and Cinematography.

But “The Descendants,” which has been trailing along in second place in the race for this year’s Oscar gold, didn’t go down without a fight. The Alexander Payne-directed movie earned statuettes for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Female (Shailene Woodley). Unfortunately, Woodley wasn’t nominated for the Best Supporting Female Oscar, though she likely would lose to “The Help’s” Octavia Spencer, who has been a powerhouse this awards season.

Many of the winners throughout the night were indicative of who is likely to take home statuettes during tomorrow’s Academy Awards. Michelle Williams won Best Female Lead for “My Week with Marilyn” and Christopher Plummer won for Best Supporting Male in “Beginners.” It would be a big upset of either of those didn’t get the Oscar for their respective categories, though they are getting a run for their money by dark horses Viola Davis and Max Von Sydow. Meanwhile, “A Separation” beat out “Shame” for Best International Film, and is the frontrunner expected to win the Foreign Language Oscar tomorrow as well.

But what makes the Spirit Awards special is that they nominate many of the independent films that wouldn’t otherwise get recognition by big time awards shows. “Pariah” took home both the John Cassavetes Award, “Margin Call” won both the Best First Feature statuette and the Robert Altman Award, and “The Interrupters” won for Best Documentary. And host Seth Rogen’s nominated film, “50/50,” took home one away for Best First Screenplay (Will Reiser).

There weren’t too many surprises during the show, but it is a vote of confidence for “The Artist” that, even up against such stiff, critically acclaimed independent competition, it took home awards in all the major categories. It would be a pretty giant surprise if any other movie took home Best Picture and Director tomorrow evening.

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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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