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2011 MTV Movie Awards Preview: Best Movie

Inception
Warner Bros.

Oscars, schmoscars. When it comes to the best movie of 2010, our friends at the MTV Movie Awards have their own ideas about which films should make the cut.

It was, in the end, a pretty cool year for movies. In 2011, we feasted on twisty thrillers, fantasy flicks about wizards and vampires, and a movie about some site called Facebook. All of them made us think, jump, swoon, laugh and even cry.

Who cares what the Academy thinks? We've got your Best Movie nominees right here.

'Black Swan'

Black Swan
Fox Searchlight

When's the last time you were this freaked out... by a ballet movie? Darren Aronofsky, you devil, you. Natalie Portman's prima ballerina Nina Sayers tumbles down the rabbit hole -- or should we say, swan hole -- in a deliciously disturbing movie that's part dance film, part psychological thriller, part horror movie. Sort of like "Center Stage" meets "The Wrestler" meets "The Shining." And may we say, where is Vincent Cassel's award for Awesomest Scenery-Chewer?

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Warner Bros.

Road trip! "Deathly Hallows" sees Harry, Hermione and Ron setting off to look for the Horcruxes that could help destroy Voldemort. The end is near, and accordingly, tension infuses every aspect of the story, expertly played by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, whose acting has matured by leaps and bounds since the series began. Their journey has us aching with care for these characters we love -- and, we'll admit it, sobbing uncontrollably over a certain tiny beloved character's funeral.

'Inception'

Inception
Warner Bros.

An original premise, stylish visuals, a terrific cast... Whether or not you obsessed over the ending (did the top fall or not, dammit?!), and whether or not you thought "Inception" BLEW YOUR MIND OMG, there's no denying that this was a brainy summer movie that had people talking, puzzling and theorizing for months. And that's not something you see every day in your garden-variety blockbuster. Kudos to Christopher Nolan, a director who's not afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

'The Social Network'

The Social Network
Columbia Pictures

Who knew the story behind Facebook would prove every bit as entertaining as Facebook itself? In David Fincher's well-crafted saga of Mark Zuckerberg vs. The World we get drama, teen hijinks, high-stakes revenge, glory, betrayal and shirtless Justin Timberlake. As Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg breaks free from his usual geek roles... OK, well, he's still a geek. But he's a geek and a bully who intrigues us at every turn, giving us hope that someday we, too, could alienate all our friends and make a gazillion dollars.

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Summit

"Eclipse" earned $700 million at the worldwide box office, yet was ignored by the Oscars. Fie on you, Academy! Fie! Granted, Twi-Hards would probably have loved this movie no matter how good it was; but fortunately it was good, with thrilling fight scenes, comedic moments, two swoon-worthy romances and plenty to keep fans of both Team Edward and Team Jacob happy. (We don't know about you, but we always sleep half-naked when we go camping.) The bar's been set. Your move, "Breaking Dawn."

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