For those of you who have always wanted to be an Oscar voter ("Yes, 'Breaking Dawn' should win Best Adapted Screenplay!"), here's something that might pique your interest: a glimpse at the official Academy Awards ballot for Best Picture. The editors over at got their hands on the precious piece of paper that will rule Hollywood during the next two months, along with the instructions on how to fill it out.

The nitty-gritty:

When you have reviewed the Reminder List, please write the title of your first choice on the first line of this ballot and list your alternate choices on the succeeding lines in order of your preference. Do not list the same title more than once; multiple votes for the same picture do not enhance its chances.

The pictures receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominees for final voting for the Best Picture award. There may not be more than ten nor fewer than five nominations; however, no picture shall be nominated that receives less than five percent of the total votes cast.

The preferential system of tabulation is used in nominations voting. You are voting essentially for one achievement, and the preferential system insures that your vote will be cast -- in order of your listed preferences -- for the candidate for whom it can do the most good. (If, for example, the achievement on the top line of your ballot receives almost no support from other votes, you have not "wasted" your vote. The system moves on and casts your vote for your second listed achievement, and so on.)

You need not fill in all five lines. The more preferences you indicate, however, the greater the certainty that your ballot will influence the Best Picture nominees list.

Check out an image of the ballot below; head over to to read the full letter from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak. Ballots are due on Jan. 13, 2012.

[Photo: Getty]

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