By Rita Kokshanian
Updated Feb 20, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
Patricia Arquette
Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Hollywood Domino

For the actors and actresses nominated for an award at Sunday night's Oscars, it's safe to say they may be feeling a bit of anxiety leading up to the big night. And although Patricia Arquette is no exception, she does have a unique&mdashand hilarious—way of dealing with those nerves.

"I was feeling a lot of anxiety, but tonight I got some really great hugs from some men and I felt like I downloaded some anxiety with each man that I hugged," the actress, who is up for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday for her role in Boyhood, told InStyle at Thursday night's Hollywood Domino pre-Oscar soirée. "There’s great huggers and there’s mediocre huggers, but somebody who really hugs you with some love in it—I’ve let a lot of my stress go."

Arquette, who has so far won the Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA for best supporting actress for Boyhood, said that the praise she's received has been unexpected. "It’s all out of my hands," she said regarding whether or not she's prepared a speech. "At this moment in my life, I expected other things, I’ve seen other things come true that I’ve dreamed of but I never dreamed of this so it’s kind of shocking me."

During the night's live auction that benefitted Artists for Peace and Justice, Arquette stated that if she does win, she'll mention the night's highest bidder in her acceptance speech. Tune in Sunday night to see if she makes good on that promise!