Oscar statuettesIn the battle between the TV year's two biggest spectacles, the Super Bowl and the Oscars, the Oscars have blinked.

Despite recenttalk of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moving the Oscar ceremony up to late January, where it might conflict with the annual pro football championship, the group announced Wednesday that it has tabled that idea, and that, for the next couple of years at least, the Academy Awards will continue to air in late February.

"The Academy's Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February," the Academy said in a statement. "A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy's staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change."