crunchieawardWe’ve reached the exciting part of the Crunchies, the awards celebrating the year’s best achievements in technology — the part where you get to choose the winners.

Readers already sent in tons of nominations, and a committee from the three co-hosting sites (that’s TechCrunch, GigaOm, and VentureBeat) narrowed those down to six finalists in each of the 18 categories. Check out the finalists below, then click here to vote. Please remember that these awards are for accomplishments in 2009, not for the entire lifetime of these companies (or founders). Everyone is eligible to vote once per day per award category until midnight Pacific time on Jan. 6.

The winners will be announced at a swanky ceremony in San Francisco’s Herbst Theater on the evening of Friday, Jan. 8. The first batch of tickets goes on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon Pacific. We’ll be bringing the game room back to the after-party, so if you’re interested in sponsoring tables, photo booths, giveaways, or similar items, email crunchies@techcrunch.com.

Oh, and thanks to our sponsors for making this happen: Microsoft BizSpark, Founders Fund, Ustream, Subvert&Profit, Lewis PR, Eventbrite, Design About Town, Kosmix, and Zannel.

Here are the finalists:

Best Internet Application
Groupon
Animoto
Yelp
Posterous
MOG All Access
Dropbox

Best Social Network Application
Brizzly
StockTwits
Farmville
DailyBooth
SocialVibe
Aardvark

Best Mobile Application
Foursquare
Skies Of Glory
Gowalla
Tonchidot
Kindle For iPhone
Google Voice

Best Technology Achievement
Google Wave
Silverlight (Microsoft)
Chrome OS (Google)
PuSH
Bing (Microsoft)
Backblaze

Best Design
Animoto
Brizzly
Chrome (Google)
Facebook Mobile
Threadsy
Clicker

Best Bootstrapped (less than $150,000 raised)
Wufoo
Atebits (Tweetie)
Wizehive
Shoes of Prey
Wildfire Interactive
Tinychat

Best Enterprise App
Chatter (Salesforce)
Amazon Web Services
Atlassian
Google Docs/Office
Azure (Microsoft)
Yext

Best International
Spotify
Amiando
Jolicloud
Vente-privee.com
Playfish
TweetDeck

Best Clean Tech
CalStar Products
Locust Storage
Tendril
Sappphire Energy
Sun Run
Picarro

Best New Gadget
BN Nook
Motorola Droid
Zune HD
Sonos S2
Apple Magic Mouse
Litl webbook

Best Time Sink Application
DailyBooth
Zoosk
Pandora
Civilization Revolution (iPhone)
I Am T-Pain
Canabalt

Best VC Firm
Greylock
Sequoia
Accel
Union Square Ventures
True Ventures
Benchmark
Charles River Ventures

Best Angel
Ron Conway (SV Angel)
Y Combinator
Betaworks
Jeff Clavier (SoftTechVC)
Chris Sacca (Lowercase Capital)
Yossi Vardi

Best Tech PR
Spark
OutCast Communications
PerkettPR
LaunchSquad
Sutherland Gold
Brew PR

Founder of the Year
Jack Dorsey (Square)
Omar Hamoui (AdMob)
Aaron Patzer (Mint)
John Borthwick (Betaworks)
Jeremy Stoppleman (Yelp)
Elon Musk (Tesla)

CEO of the Year
Mark Pincus (Zynga)
Josh Silverman (Skype)
Neil Young (ngmoco)
Marc Benioff (Salesforce)
Richard Rosenblatt (Demand Media)
Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

Best New StartUp or Product of 2009
Foursquare
Spotify
Bing (Microsoft)
Aardvark
Hunch
Milo

Best Overall StartUp or Product of 2009
Facebook
Twitter
Zynga
LinkedIn
ngmoco
Android (Google)