Here is the only Oscar prediction you will read in this space: Soon there will be attempts to drum up interest in the continuing, self-serving saga of film-industry puffery known as the Academy Awards. What to do instead of succumbing to the hype? Clip supermarket coupons. Study batting averages to prepare for the baseball season. Arrange cookbooks alphabetically according to nationality of cuisine. Sharpen hedge trimmers. Don’t let them distract you.