Oscar contest

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Saddle up; it's Oscar time. Time to pore over, study, pontificate and perhaps check out a movie or two. This year's Oscar contest is now officially under way.

As in years past, the challenge is to beat Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle's arts and entertainment writer, by picking more winners from the six marquee categories -- best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress and director -- than he does.

Folks who pull off that feat (Steven missed only one last year) will have their names printed in the paper, and the winner, drawn at random from those with the most correct winners, will receive an entertainment prize package and an opportunity to pick five movies for Steven to write about in his weekly Reel Releases column.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Steven will announce his picks Sunday, Feb. 24. There will be a special Web program with Steven Uhles and Wounded Warrior Care Project's executive director and former WRDW anchorwoman Laurie Ott, discussing the nominees and their picks.

Vote online using the form below. Only one entry per person; multiple entries will be discarded and disqualified.




BEST PICTURE

Atonement

Juno

Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

There Will Be Blood

ACTOR

George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah

Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Julie Christie, Away From Her

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Laura Linney, The Savages

Ellen Page, Juno

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Ruby Dee, American Gangster

Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

DIRECTOR

Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Jason Reitman, Juno

Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

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