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Jennifer Lawrence woke up bright and very early this morning to help announce the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Billy Crystal and air live from Hollywood on February 26.

With The Descendants and The Artist leading the way, take a look below at the nominees in all the major categories...

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Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

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The process of finding a host for the 2012 Academy Awards trailer may have been a bit of a mess, but it's hard to go wrong with the final choice: Billy Crystal will return to helm the show for the ninth time.

That is, as long as Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel can find him.

In the first official promo for the 84th Oscars, which airs February 26 in Hollywood, the Transformers co-stars team up to track down this year's host. Along the way, they run into Vinnie Jones, a practically unrecognizable Robin Williams and William Fichtner.

Watch the summer blockbuster-esque trailer now and sound off: Are you excited for the ceremony?

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Veteran actor Billy Crystal has announced he is replacing Eddie Murphy as host of the 2012 Oscars. It will be his ninth time at the helm of Hollywood's biggest night.

"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," the 63-year-old Crystal tweeted.

"Very much looking forward to hosting the show."

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Eddie Murphy stepped down as host of the 84th Academy Awards yesterday in an unspoken display of solidarity with Brett Ratner, who resigned as producer.

The actor's announcement came a day after Ratner, who directed him in Tower Heist, bowed out amid controversy over a gay slur he made the week prior.

According to insiders, Murphy essentially stepped aside to support Ratner, his friend, but was not pressured to and regretted having to give up the gig.

Brian Grazer replaced Ratner as producer. What do you think of the switch? Will the Oscars be better or worse off with mainstay Crystal back as the MC?

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Next year's Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, but this has: Eddie Murphy has stepped down as host of the 84th Academy Awards, according to reports.

The actor's announcement comes one day after Tower Heist director Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the program. The 50-year-old said in a statement:

"First and foremost, I want to say I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards."

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Murphy went on to say: "I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak respected Murphy's decision, saying in a statement: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well."

Ratner recently came under serious fire for saying "rehearsal is for fags" while promoting Tower Heist. The controversial director also spoke openly about his sex life with actress Olivia Munn, who he claimed to "bang a few times."

And that brings you up to speed.

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The rumor has become fact: Eddie Murphy will host the 20120 Academy Awards.

2012 Oscars Host

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," says Brett Ratner, who will produce the telecast and who directs Murphy in Tower Heist. "With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February."

Murphy was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for Dreamgirls.

Think he'll make a good host?

 

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Say this for Eddie Murphy: he couldn't be worse than last year's hosts.

Sources tell Deadline that the Academy Awards braintrust will meet this Tuesday to consider the man or woman who will emcee Hollywood's biggest night in 2012 and producer Brett Ratner will start with one name atop his list: Murphy.

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“Nobody knows movies better or is a bigger cinephile than Eddie," a source says. "Eddie can quote scenes from every single movie word for word. He can bring all that experience to hosting."

Oprah has also reportedly been under consideration.

Do you wanna see Eddie Murphy host the Oscars?

 

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It's beloved by critics and by fans. It's broken multiple box office records. And, gosh darn it, the film made most of the THG staff cry.

But does that mean Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

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The Oscars has changed its nomination policy over the last few years; first expanding from five Best Picture nominees to 10; and now not setting a quota for the category.

But does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 cast a wide enough net to qualify? Might Academy members still view it as too kid-friendly of a franchise? View one man's opinion at Movie Fanatic and then vote below:

Should the movie be nominated for Best Picture?

 

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She's off the small screen, but might Oprah Winfrey play a role in big screen affairs next year?

Motion Picture Academy sources tell The Chicago Sun-Times that the former talk show host is in contention to host the 2012 Academy Awards. The event will be broadcast on ABC, which has a close relationship with Oprah, and a deal could even be finagled that would give OWN exclusive rights to some kind of post-Oscars telecast.

Such a deal would be a boon to the struggling network and might be the only reason Oprah would consider the gig.

Oprah and Fans

No matter what direction the Oscars choose, it's a lock the next host will be more entertaining than the last two.

Do you think Oprah should host the show?

 

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The 2011 Academy Awards left a lot to be desired.

From filler to f-bombs and failed co-hosts, the granddaddy of Hollywood galas just didn't cut it, although there were some memorable moments.

THG examines the highlights (what few there were), and why this year's Oscars were largely forgettable in our latest edition of The Pulse ...

For more on Sunday night's red carpet fashion, and to vote on the big winners and losers in the couture arena, visit our celebrity style section!

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He took home Best Supporting Actor honors last night, but it'll be hard for The Fighter star to win his latest battle against a venerable style champion.

Justin Timberlake, now a bona fide actor (The Social Network) in addition to a massive music star, was dressed in usual, traditional, handsome fashion.

Christian Bale? A little different. Even if you take away the scraggly beard, the black on black is a little unconventional. But you decide: Who dressed best?

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Who looked better at the Oscars, Justin Timberlake or Christian Bale? The latter won an Oscar, but will he be named best dressed here? View Poll »