Print your ballot: We've got all the categories arranged on this letter-sized printout. Spice things up with a friendly Oscar pool or just use it to follow along.
Know what you're looking at: Spend a couple minutes with each movie in this collection of trailers.
Read the reviews: Here are Herald movie critic Robert Horton's reviews of the best-picture nominees. Spoiler alert: He liked most of them — some more than others, of course.
• "Django Unchained"
• "Les Miserables"
• "Life of Pi"
• "Zero Dark Thirty"
• "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
• "Silver Linings Playbook"
Study the predictions: Need some help filling out your Oscar ballot? Check out Horton's predictions. Invest in any pools based on his advice at your own risk.
Snacks at the ready: Popcorn goes perfectly with the Oscars, but if you want the good stuff, chocolate and a stove are involved. Meanwhile, if your tastes are a little more high-falutin' (or you'd like them to appear to be), try these canapes.
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