Close your eyes. Go ahead, close them. You can trust me. Are they closed? Really? Good. Now imagine that you are a member in good standing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and therefore are allowed to vote on the Oscars. Okay, now open your eyes again and look over at the sidebar of this very website. Over there you will find a poll with all the Best Picture nominees listed. Now keep pretending you are a member of AMPAS and click on which motion picture you would vote for. Not the one that you think will win mind you, but the one you think should win. Whether it be the silent antics of The Artist, the grief stricken drama of The Descendants, the love of the game romanticism of Moneyball, the literary dreamworld of Midnight in Paris, the sheer audacious beauty of The Tree of Life, the cinephiliac hopefulness of Hugo, the treacly visual bravura of War Horse, the racial divisiveness of The Help or the 9/11 pandering of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Whatever your choice (even if it is one of those latter three) go ahead and vote vote vote.
And please remember that in order for your vote to be recorded, you must actually click your choice over in the poll. Any votes merely posted in the comments cannot be counted. For some reason we have had confusion over this in past polls. But still, please feel free to comment away - once you have voted. And also remember, you can vote only once per server, so if you happen to be struggling between two different films then you can simply vote for one in Firefox and another in Chrome (or Safari, or Opera or even Microsoft IE if you so wish). Of course then you can vote on different computers as well. Basically what I am saying is vote early and vote often. Seriously, just vote dammit.