This year’s Oscar nominations instantly conjure up some universal truths.

For instance, all women (the ones I know anyway) seem to love Colin Firth. But does that mean he can grab a best actor Oscar for his role in “The King’s Speech” and stop Jeff Bridges from snagging his second in a row for “True Grit”?

Everyone in the world is on Facebook, but does that mean the filmed story of Facebook, “The Social Network,” can take home a best picture Oscar in an expanded field of 10 nominees? All the other major categories have five nominees, but best picture remains a 10-horse race again this year.

The original “True Grit” has some of the greatest lines ever uttered in a Western (“I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man,” for example), but will the remake be strong enough to grab a director Oscar for the quirky Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan?

These are heady questions indeed. That’s why we at the Maine Sunday Telegram are asking for your help.

Yes, it’s time again for our annual Readers Pick the Oscars contest.

Your task is to tell us who you think will win the Oscars this year in the six major categories — best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best picture and best director. It will be up to you to consider the universal truths about life, film and human nature, and try to predict who the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pick.

To entice you to help (not that you need it), we’re offering pairs of movie tickets as prizes. They’ll be given to people picked at random among those who picked the most categories correctly.

To view all the categories, please see a copy of the official ballot at right. You can also vote online.

Just make sure you vote by 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Any entries received after then will be disqualified.

The Oscars will be handed out Feb. 27, beginning at 8 p.m., on ABC. The results of our contest will appear in the March 6 Audience section of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

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