OK, so maybe your invitation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got lost in the mail this year.
But you've paid your money, watched the films, then later picked them apart scene by scene with family and friends.
So what if you don't get a chance to vote for the actual prizes? But you get something they don't — a chance to walk away with $50 for picking the winners.
The Herald-Mail is sponsoring its ninth Oscar Picks Contest, where movie fans get a chance to select who will walk away with the top prize in 10 categories.
The winner gets the prize, and will also be featured in our Sunday, March 5, Lifestyle section, as he or she shares with readers secrets to picking this year's winners.
The 84th Academy Awards will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC. Fan favorite Billy Crystal will return as this year's host.
In order to be eligible, contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties, Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.
Herald-Mail employees and their family members are not eligible to participate.
One entry per person. Please include your name, where you live and a daytime phone number.
The contestant with the most correct picks in these 10 selected categories will win. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held to decide the winner.
Mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest c/o Lifestyle; The Herald-Mail Co.; P.O. Box 439; Hagerstown, MD 21741 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Oscar picks" in the subject line.
Entry submissions are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The winner must be available to have his or her photo taken Monday, Feb. 27, or Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Best Picture: "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "The Help," "Hugo," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," "War Horse."
Actor: Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"; George Clooney, "The Descendants"; Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"; Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; Brad Pitt, "Moneyball."
Actress: Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"; Viola Davis, "The Help"; Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"; Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn."
Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"; Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"; Nick Nolte, "Warrior"; Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"; Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."
Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"; Jessica Chastain, "The Help"; Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"; Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"; Octavia Spencer, "The Help."
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"; Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"; Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"; Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"; Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life."
Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants"; John Logan, "Hugo"; George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, "The Ides of March"; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, "Moneyball"; Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
Cinematography: "The Artist," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Hugo," "The Tree of Life," "War Horse."
Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"; Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"; J.C. Chandor, "Margin Call"; Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"; Asghar Farhadi, "A Separation."
Animated Feature Film: "A Cat in Paris"; "Chico & Rita"; "Kung Fu Panda 2"; "Puss in Boots"; "Rango."
Want to join our online Oscar party? Follow @HM_lifestyle on Twitter and watch with Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle on Sunday, Feb. 26. Join us at #hm_oscarpicks.