Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, More Help Decide The Most Important Movie Award: Best Facial Hair

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Forget the Golden Globes; put aside your hopes and wishes for tonight’s People’s Choice Awards; sleep in and skip tomorrow’s Oscar nominations announcement, because we here at VH1 Celebrity have a much more important title to hand out this awards season: Best Facial Hair Performance in a Motion Picture. You know we’re not alone in pointing out how important beards, mutton chops, mustaches and scruff have been to 2012′s most critically acclaimed films: Can you even imagine Lincoln, Django Unchained, Argo, Les Miserables, Bernie or (god forbid) The Hobbit with clean-shaven stars?

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VH1 News polled the heavy hitters at the National Board of Review Awards on Tuesday night to see who the stars would nominate and the answers were predictably enthusiastic.

“I’m not worried about awards season, but I have been going for best beard,” Ben Affleck told us. “[Leonardo DiCaprio's] got the best, probably, and Bradley [Cooper's] got, like, the scruff, which doesn’t look like a beard-beard but you can’t discredit because it’s carefully calibrated.”

Cooper nominated his Hangover co-star Zach Galifianakis, but we’re leaving him out, since his magnificent chin stylings have nothing to do with the movies of last year.

“I gotta give it up to Lincoln ’cause that Daniel Day-Lewis, he really did have me captured in that,” Chris Tucker said. And Famke Janssen seconded that opinion. “I don’t know if it was glued on, but we’re gonna give it to him,” she said.

“Best beard, outright: Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman’s tramp beard was great,” The Impossible’s Tom Holland said. “He was really pulling that off. He was rocking the look.”

Who do you think should win this very critical award? Check out the gallery above, vote below and stay tuned for more super important awards from now through the Oscars!

Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Hugh Jackman

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