<p>Piggy and the frog</p>

Piggy and the frog

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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the Oscars

However, the Muppets won't be performing best original song nominee

All those Twitter campaigns and pleads to the Academy to choose The Muppets as the hosts of this year's Oscar telecast have paid off, sort of. The Muppets may not be hosting the Oscars (it's still Billy Crystal), but Hollywood's premier power couple -- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy -- will appear onstage together to present an award.

They join the company of such previously announced presenters as Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Bradley Cooper and the cast of "Bridesmaids."

Stars of the original "Muppet Show" and multiple films, Kermit and Piggy's careers were rejuvenated this year with the commercial and critical favorite "The Muppets," co-starring Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and co-writer Jason Segel ("How I Met Your Mother").

The film has one Oscar nomination, in the Original Song category -- and since there are only two nominees (the other is "Real in Rio" from "Rio"), it has a good chance of winning. However, we won't be seeing the gang sing "Man or Muppet" this year, as the show no longer features performances of the nominated songs. Which is a great shame, as it would have been pretty awesome to see the Muppets perform the tune with songwriter/"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie.

The Academy Awards air live Sunday, February 26 on ABC.

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<p>Matthias Schoenaerts in best foreign language film nominee &quot;Bullhead.&quot;</p>

Matthias Schoenaerts in best foreign language film nominee "Bullhead."

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'Bullhead' director says don't spoil the secret of his Oscar nominated thriller

Could this foreign language film nominee upset 'A Separation'?

When I first spoke to Michael Roskam six weeks ago, an Oscar nomination for his feature film debut was still nothing more than a fleeting dream.  The filmmaker's thriller "Bullhead" had played some notable festivals since debuting at the Berlin Film Festival in February of 2011, but a best foreign language film nomination? Even after being selected to represent his native Belgium in this year's competition, it seemed during our conversation like Roskam was just enjoying the ride and hardly expected anything more. That all changed on January 24 when "Bullhead" became the first Belgian film nominated since "Everybody Famous!" in 2001 and the seventh overall since 1971.

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<p>Bradley Cooper</p>

Bradley Cooper

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'Hangover' star Bradley Cooper will present at the Oscars

Actor will soon be seen in 'The Words' and 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

Bradley Cooper will get over his "Hangover" on Oscar night by acting as a presenter at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony,

He'll be in good company, joining such previously announced Oscar presenters as Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Milla Jovovich, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lopez.

The hilarious cast of "Bridesmaids," including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne and Wendy McLendon-Covey, will also present together. The telecast produced Brian Grazer and Don Mischer.

Besides the two “Hangover” films, Cooper has recently been seen in “Limitless,” and “Valentine’s Day.” He'll next appear in the Sundance competitor “The Words," “The Place Beyond the Pines, "Serena” and David O. Russell's  “The Silver Linings Playbook.”

The Academy Awards will air live Sunday, February 26 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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<p>Tim Gunn has a Melissa Leo moment during the pre-show telecast for the 83rd Academy Awards.</p>

Tim Gunn has a Melissa Leo moment during the pre-show telecast for the 83rd Academy Awards.

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'Project Runway' team and Robin Roberts ruling this year's Oscar pre-show

But where's Heidi?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their hosting team for the 84th Academy Awards' pre-show this year and the red carpet extravaganza has gotten a second "Project Runway" infusion.  Tim Gunn has appeared three times as an interviewer and fashion commentator, but 2012 will find "Runway" judge and Marie Claire fashion director (whatever that means) Nina Garcia joining the fun.  We have to assume Heidi Klum's recent divorce is the only reason she isn't along for the live hour long special.  (And warning ladies: if you're wearing anything designed by Mondo expect Nina to hate it.)

Another new face this year on the pre-show will be Louise Roe. Best know for her show "Plain Jane" on MTV International, the Glamour magazine editor-at-large also received high marks for co-hosting E!'s coverage of the 2011 Royal Wedding and has been a regular for red carpet coverage for the Video Music Awards and European Music Awards.

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<p>Best Actor Jean Dujardin must have taken the red eye to make it to the BAFTAs in London after his guest appearance on &quot;SNL&quot;&nbsp;Saturday night in New York.</p>

Best Actor Jean Dujardin must have taken the red eye to make it to the BAFTAs in London after his guest appearance on "SNL" Saturday night in New York.

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'The Artist' seals the deal for Oscar at the 2012 BAFTA Film Awards

Can Meryl Streep really beat Viola Davis for best actress?

If you're hoping for any surprises or upsets at this year's Academy Awards the chances of that occurring are getting less and less likely.

"The Artist" pretty much dominated the 2012 BAFTA Film Awards Sunday evening winning best picture, best director (Michel Hazanavicius), best actor (Jean Dujardin), best original screenplay (Hazanavicius), best music (Ludovic Bource) and best costume design (Mark Bridges). Considering the film's wins with the PGA and the DGA as well as Dujardin's SAG win for best actor, it's hard seeing anyone yelling over "The Artist's" winning song.

It's somewhat remarkable because the Brits chose The Weinstein Company release over "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," a massive box office and critical hit in the UK. "Tinker" did win best british film and best adapted screenplay (Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan), but a possible win for Gary Oldman over Dujardin didn't materialize and the Frenchman has become the clear cut favorite.  Is it Roberto Benigni pt. 2 all over again?  Well, that's a bit insulting to the fine work Dujardin had accomplished throughout his career, but we'd argue others are more worthy.  Of course, those are the Oscar breaks.

In other categories, Meryl Streep took home just her second BAFTA for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Including her Golden Globe honor last month that was the second head to head win for Streep over "The Help's" Viola Davis. Even with Streep's win, its still expected Davis will take the Oscar after winning the comparable SAG Award just two weeks ago.  BAFTA did show love for "The Help" bestowing the best supporting actress honor to Octavia Spencer.

And, somewhat comfortingly, Christopher Plummer took home the BAFTA for "Beginners," the first nomination and first win for the 82-year-old Canadian.  Some suspect Max Von Sydow could upset Plummer on Oscar Sunday, but that would really be shocking at this point. Especially since Plummer has pretty much run the table this year.

Will that leave any suspense for the big show just two weeks from today?  The Academy always surprises somewhere. This year it just might be in foreign language film, visual effects (perhaps a first statue for the "Transformers" franchise?), documentary or those cagey sound editing and sound mixing categories. Yes, hold back your enthusiasm. It's gonna be one of those shows.  

So, if you're filling out your office Oscar pool or participating in HitFix's own awards pool, go with "The Artist" and take some time guessing just how long this year's telecast will be.  There's gonna be a lot of tiebreakers this year.

Do you think "The Artist" has it all wrapped up?  Share your thoughts below.

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<p>Brett McKenzie talks about being an Oscar nominee for his song &quot;Man or Muppet&quot;&nbsp;from &quot;The Muppets.&quot;</p>

Brett McKenzie talks about being an Oscar nominee for his song "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets."

Oscar nominee Bret McKenzie jokes Miss Piggy might pull a 'Kanye' if Sergio Mendes wins best original song

Plus: Flight of the Conchords Touring news

In many ways, Bret McKenzie is a lucky man.  There aren't many Oscar nominees who can say they have a 50/50 chance of winning an Academy Award.  Sure, for many years there only three nominees in the visual effects category and there can also just be three in the animated feature field, but the songwriter of "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" only has one other contender to worry about this year.  McKenzie, who is best known as one half of comedy music group Flight of the Conchords, will face off against Sergio Mendes, Carinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett's "Real in Rio" from the animated adventure "Rio."

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'The Artist' and 'The Help' wage war for Oscar on LA's electronic battlefield

'The Artist' and 'The Help' wage war for Oscar on LA's electronic battlefield

Updated: 'Moneyball' and 'Hugo' are still out there too

The history of Oscar campaigning is almost akin to man's evolution from the apes.  What primarily started out as For Your Consideration ads in the local trades (Variety, The Hollywood Reporter) morphed into local cable TV buys (usually talent spouting off talking points about their movie) to traditional outdoor (primarily strategically placed billboards and bus shelter ads) to print ads in the newspaper keeping the LA Times afloat (Academy members are old and read the paper, duh) to the current wash of online advertising and, hilariously, online websites -- that will go unnamed -- publishing Academy specific print "magazines" (don't get me started on that one).  Practically, the online ads have been the biggest game changer by significantly cutting into trades sales revenues, but the past few years have seen a new tool used to reach both Oscar and Emmy voters: the electronic billboard.

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<p>Gary Oldman talks &quot;Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy&quot; and his nomination for best actor at this year's 84th Annual Academy Awards.</p>

Gary Oldman talks "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and his nomination for best actor at this year's 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Gary Oldman on the honor of the Everest of Oscar, BAFTA and getting flowers from Tom Cruise

Which of the best actor nominees would let go of the Oscar first?

The Oscar nominations featured surprises that both enraged and excited film lovers around the world, but one nod that had Hollywood and moviegoers jumping for joy was the inclusion of Gary Oldman amongst the best actor field.  It's the first Academy Award nomination for an actor who should have found himself invited to the Kodak Theater long ago after stellar performances in films such as "The Contender," "JFK," "The Professional" and "Prick Up Your Ears."  I've been a fan of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" since screening it in September and if the film couldn't crack the best picture field Oldman's recognition was the next best thing.

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<p>Parker Posey talks about 'Price Check' during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Parker Posey talks about 'Price Check' during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Parker Posey on 'Price Check' and the 'star-driven' world of indie cinema in 2012

A strikingly melancholy conversation with the independent film icon

PARK CITY - Is it fitting that Awards Campaign's last report from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is an interview with festival legend Parker Posey? 

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<p>Milla Jovovich </p>

Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich to host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards

'Resident Evil' star to light up Oscar's technical night

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 'Resident Evil' star Milla Jovovich will light up Oscar's technical night when she hosts the Scientific and Technical Awards on Sat., Feb. 11. The event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Jovovich will present 10 awards to 30 individual winners that evening.

Portions of the Sci-Tech Awards will be included in the broadcast of the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26 on ABC.

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