The Golden Globes are over, the Oscar nominations come out Thursday, and the Oscars themselves take place in a little under six weeks. It might not feel like it, but we’re approaching the home stretch of the endless yearly drudge that is awards season. It can be a fun drudge, mind… as long as you don’t take it too seriously. Otherwise, you’re liable to make yourself a screaming mess trying to figure out J.K. Simmons’ possibility for victory vis a vis his earlier nominations and wins, his competition, how they’ve been doing, whether any voter biases are likely to come into play, and the position of the planets. With the entire fucking Internet trying to pretend they’re soothsayers who know whether Boyhood’s going to win or not, it can be an obnoxious time.
Thankfully, I’ve compiled some handy tips to help you get through it. Preparedness is the key to success!