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Awards season can be a nail-biting time for stars, especially for newcomer nominees like Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan. We caught up with the rising stars at the National Board of Review Awards to find out what they carry in their clutches to keep their nerves at ease. “My cell phone. There are so many cracks in these shows that get a little boring so I need to text people to stay awake!” Sibide, who accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award for her Precious role, told us. Carey Mulligan, on the other hand, uses the actual accessory to relieve her stress! “I find myself gripping onto my clutch when I’m nervous at these things. It’s my stress ball or something!” she said.

— Joyann King, with reporting by Emma Oldenkamp