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Mark’s Ballot: My Final Picks For The Oscars

With the Oscar ceremony only days away, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty and offer you up some final thoughts and analysis. What better way to kick that off, then, than to offer you my own ballot selections for how I’d vote at the 88th Academy Awards — I’m not including a few categories where I’ve simply not seen enough of the nominees to offer an informed vote, such as (to my shame this year) the Short Films category. But I have picks for you in most of the rest, and I’m sure some will be a surprise while others you can guess from my reviews and previous articles asserting my Oscar thoughts.