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Well that was a short-lived dream. Only days after it was first announced that Jimmy Fallon had been approached to host the Academy Awards next year, he has come out and said that it's not going to happen.

"No, I’m not going to do the Oscars," he told Matt Lauer on "Today." "It’s an honor to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year."

Blunt and to the point, just how we like our Jimmy Fallon. But that raises the bigger question: whose year is it? There's still a chance that Lorne Michaels would be willing to produce the show, which narrows down our possibilities. Here are the suggestions we came up with for host of the 85th annual Academy Awards.

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Another year, another Oscars down. Plenty of predictable outcomes, yes, but some happy surprises in the mix as well, including an almost-streak for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" and a few well-placed penis jokes from the "Bridesmaids" crew. MTV News' Eric Ditzian, Josh Wigler and Amy Wilkinson had plenty to say about what worked and what didn't at this year's Academy Awards -- check out their reactions in the video below.

Dark Knight Rises

After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded its Best Picture list beyond five nominees, the door opened for big-budget Hollywood blockbusters to score a prestigious Best Picture nomination. As I wrote last year, it was likely that the Academy broadened the Best Picture shortlist after Christopher Nolan’s opus, “The Dark Knight,” was cruelly snubbed in 2009. Since then, “Avatar” and Nolan’s own “Inception” have managed to score Best Pic nods.

This year, all eyes were on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” since the film was the final in a critically acclaimed series that had never achieved the nomination before. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as the film only earned technical nods and ultimately walked away from last night's Oscars completely empty-handed.

However, 2012’s line-up of big budget popcorn fare looks like it might once again yield some love from the Oscars. Which of this year’s blockbusters might possibly score an Oscar Best Picture nod next year? Check out five possible contenders after the jump!

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It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights! No, it's not the Muppet Show tonight, but the next best thing: it's Oscar night!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards are finally here to settle the biggest lingering movie questions of 2011 once and for all. Will "The Artist" dominate as many expect it to? Is there room for an upset from Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" or George Clooney's "Descendants"? How much mayhem will Sacha Baron Cohen Admiral General Aladeen cause during the big show? And please, for the love of all things holy, can we please get a stealth "Man or Muppet" performance?

Stick with MTV Movies Blog all night long for these answers and more as our LIVE coverage of the Oscars continues. Keep refreshing those browsers as we bring you the latest updates on the winners, losers and much more!

11:37 PM ... And that's that -- another Oscar ceremony down and in the books. Exciting at times, predictable more often than not. What did you guys think? Was this a good showing by the Academy? Did you enjoy Billy's long awaited return to the stage? Happy with the winners? Tell us everything you thought about this year's Oscars in the comments section or on Twitter!

11:35 PM ... Silence is acceptance. "The Artist" wins Best Picture. No one will remember this in five days.

11:32 PM ... We're in the end game. Best Picture. It's going to be "The Artist." I want "Hugo" or "Tree of Life," but that's not happening. It is what it is. (What it is is boring, by the way.)

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? Oscars 2012: 10 Spot answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

I dare you to name a more visceral movie-going experience from 2011 than the gritty, gripping "Drive." Nicholas Winding Refn's taut drama outpaced a slow and steady field of contenders, taking audiences on a white-knuckle ride they won't soon forget. And how did the Academy choose to recognize this well-oiled movie machine? With a nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. Clearly deserved, but falling miles short of the numerous noms it should have earned. (I mean, how did that scorpion jacket not cinch up a Costume Design nomination?) But I digress, because the category we're here to discuss is the coveted 10 Spot in the Best Picture race.

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There are only two days left until the 2012 Academy Awards kick off, which means that the frantic last-minute Oscar predictions have begun. MTV Movies and our friends over at NextMovie have been putting our heads together to talk about who we expect to win big at this year's ceremony, and today the last two videos for our informed guesses for Best Picture and Best Director have been revealed.

Unsurprisingly, it seems like "The Artist" is the front-runner in both categories. The little film that could has been both a critical darling and well-received by the public (at least for a black and white silent movie about a silent film star), and it seems fair to assume that it will take home the major Best Picture and Best Director statues as well.

But that's not to say "The Artist" is the film that most deserves the Oscar gold. Click on after the jump to see what other films MTV Movies' Josh Horowitz and NextMovie's Kevin Polowy have to say about who got snubbed and who might be the dark horse winner.

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

Here’s one of the big things for me when I contemplate my top films of any given year – what’s going to stick with me? What’s a film that will creep into my subconscious and always remain in some fashion? Whether it’s a comedy I’ll return to in years to come (ahem, “Fletch”) or a precise and near perfect execution of genre staple (I’m looking at you “Unforgiven” and “Aliens” and “Manhattan”).

And then there’s the stuff that just haunts you. You don’t necessarily want it invading your thoughts and dreams and nightmares but there it is — proof of how potent and provocative it is.

Take Shelter” is such a film. I first saw it over a year ago when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the year since it’s the film I’ve probably thought about the most.

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

Front and center at the 2012 Oscars is a heartbreaking film — one nominated in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Actor — about a family reeling from the tragic loss of its matriarch. The father is at a loss as to how to pull his children — the elder acting up, the younger not quite mature enough to grasp the enormity of unfolding events — up from the depths of grief and move them toward something resembling a new normal. The patriarch's eventual solution? A wild adventure. The result? A family learning, at times happily and at times with tears, to be whole again.

I'm talking, of course, about "The Descendants." Here's the thing: there was a second film this past year that followed a largely similar story arc (far more successfully, which is to say far more gut-wrenchingly and believably) and yet it hasn't factored at all into awards-season chatter. The film in question is "We Bought a Zoo," and it absolutely deserves a Best Picture nomination.

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? Oscars 2012: 10 Spot answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

Let’s get this out of the way right now: Yes, “Shame” is indeed The One With The Penis – Michael Fassbender’s, to be precise. That said, it would be a shame (no pun intended) if that’s all this extraordinary film is remembered for. For some insight into why “Shame” wasn’t nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, we should discuss what this movie is not:

» It’s not a family film (see above re: The One With The Penis). This movie is one hundred percent adult-oriented. There are no brave horses, charming pups or precocious kids in “Shame.” There are only grown-ups doing very grown-up things.

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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

Though it was not received with the warmest reviews, "The Ides of March" deserved the tenth Best Picture nomination for the way it attempts to encapsulate the ins and outs modern political campaigns.

The common thread that runs through most of this year's Best Picture nominees is nostalgia. Most of the films deal with the topic directly in subject matter or through the techniques by which the movie was made. With the focus of the year's Best Picture race looking so predominantly to the past, a movie that deals specifically with the challenges and problems of contemporary society could have livened up a rather stale category.

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