I must be in tune with the Oscar gods. Well, at least Entertainment Weekly. Last night I filled out an entire ballot of what I thought deserved to win, not my predictions of what will win. Then today, EW online posted a link to rank the 10 Best Picture nominees in the order in which they deserve to win. It was such a treat for me to rank the 10 films by what I think (and feel too, let's not underestimate the emotional component to voting, ranking and critiquing movies) were the best.
I completed my ranking pretty quickly because I wanted to be one of the first 1,000 to complete it, so that I would be counted by EW. As far as I can tell, I was (the story now closes with the update: the poll is now closed...). It was a secret ballot, no email or other information was required. If the follow-up article does not clarify, I am going to ask the question, are the actual Oscar ballots anonymous as well. I am also curious if all categories use the ranking system to determine who receives a statue.
Here's how I voted, to the best of my ability (I should have done a screen print, but I was in such a hurry to be counted, the thought did not occur to me in the moment). I know 1-3 and 7-10 are definitely how I voted, but 4-6, True Grit, Black Swan and The King's Speech, were trickier for me to rank.