08/21/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
First things first: Perkins, 45, will wear Badgley Mischka to the Aug. 27 awards, at which she's contending for a supporting actress statuette. "But you can't take all this too seriously," says Perkins, married to cinematographer Julio Macat and the mother of one daughter and three stepsons, all teens. "My life consists of a lot of driving, a lot of opening the wallet, a lot of laundry. We also have two dogs, two cats and fish. We live in a big house that is never clean. It's crazy, and it's family."