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Oscar Noms: 8 Recipes Inspired by This Year's Best Picture Nominees

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The day the Academy Awards airs is one of my favorite days of the year. As such, I always prepare as much as possible in order to make educated guesses about which movies the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote for -- watching every movie, pining through reviews, noting the most miniscule details of each characters’ nuance, and always thinking about a proper menu. (Look, I didn’t say my adoration didn’t border on obsession!)

This year, I sat down and watched all 8 Best Picture nominees in 2 weekends with the intention of enjoyment, yes, but also research: I wanted to know what foods had supporting (or leading) roles in 2014’s best movies. Many tissues, several naps, and countless hours on IMDB later, I completed my goal. Subject matters range from the Civil Right Movement to an ornate European hotel only Mr. Wes Anderson could dream up, but food is a constant: Here are recipes that play a part in each of the 8 films. You’ve got all your essential food groups to pull you through 3 straight hours of watching celebrities practice their most gracious “I’m just happy to be nominated” faces -- fat, alcohol, dessert (make that two), cheese, and carbs!

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Birdman | The Best Roast Chicken with Garlic and Herb Pan Sauce by Merrill Stubbs

“You had a career before the third comic book movie, before people began to forget who was inside the bird costume. You're doing a play based on a book that was written 60 years ago, for a thousand rich old white people whose only real concern is gonna be where they go to have their cake and coffee when it's over.” 

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There’s no beating around the bush in Birdman -- Sam (Riggan’s estranged daughter) just exposes her fangs and goes straight for meat. 

 

The Theory of Everything | Pomelder Prosecco Punch by hardlikearmour

As their love story blossoms, a young Stephen Hawking invites his soon-to-be-wife over for lunch with his family. Much to Stephen’s embarrassment, his father offers Jane a coupe of his “(in)famous” elderflower liqueur. 

 

Selma | Red Hot Greens by vvvanessa

It is well documented that MLK had an excellent appetite, especially for Sunday dinners that included cornbread and collard greens

 

Boyhood | Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue by darksideofthespoon

On a particularly liberating night in Austin before he graduated high school, Mason plops himself down in the red vinyl seats of a 24-hour diner and pigs out on cheese dip and tortilla chips while talking about life and the future with his beloved. “More queso?” Yes, more queso.

 

The Imitation Game | Homemade Crumpets by Izy Hossack

What could possibly be more quintessentially British than crumpets with marmalade

 

American Sniper | Texas Breakfast Beer Bread by aargesi

“I'm not redneck; I'm Texas!” Chris Kyle is a blue-blooded American man who, after years in Texas aspiring to be a cowboy, enlists in the SEALS. This dense loaf of beer bread could satiate even a man of Mr. Kyle’s size and stature. 

 

Whiplash | Perfect Popcorn by Marian Bull

Before catching the eyes and ears of Fletcher, the most intense teacher in his ultra-competitive music conservatory, Andrew makes a tradition of going to flicks at the local movie theater with his dad. They always share a large popcorn and dump in a box of Raisinettes for the perfect sweet and salty snack.

 

Grand Budapest Hotel | State Fair Cream Puffs by hardlikearmour

Agatha’s confections for Mendel’s bakery are as adorable (and handy in a sticky situation…) as they are delicious. Instead of following a complicated instructional video, we’re opting for cream puffs with bourbon chocolate whipped cream. 

Photo of biscuits by Izy Hossack; photo of beer bread by Bobbi Lin; all others by James Ransom

Tags: movies, oscars, academy awards, menus ideas, round ups