In less than a week, we’ll be basking in yet another Oscars ceremony, this one with no host, fewer awards, and probably an exponential increase in disaster. To help you prepare for the schadenfreude, we’ve enlisted our beloved former Jezebel Managing Editor, Madeleine Davies, to walk us through the plot of every Best Picture nominee.

Here, she breaks down Vice, the unfairly reviled, Adam McKay-helmed Dick Cheney tragicomedy, in which Christian Bale is once again allowed to do weird shit to his body and resurrect his Batman voice. Enjoy!

Associate Producer: Kayra Clouden, Creative Producer: Joon Chung