Film critics, we're often told, don't vote for the Oscars -- but if they did, here's what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

PETER DEBRUGE

Peter Debruge
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BEST PICTURE
"12 Years a Slave"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Our Children"
"The Past"
"Rush"
"Short Term 12"
"Stories We Tell"
"Wadjda"

BEST DIRECTOR
Joel and Ethan Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Joachim Lafosse, "Our Children"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"