Every Film Nominated for the Oscars is Actually About Food

February 23, 2016

While we're cracking jokes, dishing out our own awards, and shopping a bit to get in the awards-season mood, we've been doing a lot of thinking about this year's Academy Awards. A lot. And we came upon a huge discovery—almost every film nominated this year is actually about food. Really. Really! Don’t believe us? Game on.

The Martian? Potatoes. The Hateful Eight? Coffee. Inside Out? Pizza. We’ve nominated a few of this year's secretly (sometimes very secretly) food-related films for new awards to help you eat your way through the Oscars.

Best Original Beverage

The Hateful Eight

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It’s the Old West, and a motley, curmudgeonly bunch end up spending a snowstorm trapped at a frontier outpost. Luckily, Minnie’s Haberdashery has a fully stocked bar to keep them warm and alive… ish.


This action-packed film keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if James Bond will finally order something different this time. Maybe he does... Maybe he doesn't.

Best Dish in a Supporting Role

Mad Max

Imperator Furiosa and her sidekick Max help a group of young women traverse a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the hopes of reaching the agricultural paradise known as the Green Place. Once there, they share a nice salad.

The Martian

Stranded on Mars, botanist and astronaut Mark Watney makes the best of a uniquely awful situation and starts growing potatoes to eat every which way. His most precious resource? Ketchup.


A young Irish immigrant comes to New York and finds herself in Coney Island, falling in love—with corn dogs (like any good Brooklynite).

Best Picture-Perfect Plate

The Big Short

The housing market. Money. Bad haircuts. Most importantly, our imaginary BFF Anthony Bourdain makes a cameo using fish as a way to explain financial… stuff.

Inside Out

A popular conspiracy theory (mine) reveals that the film's anthropomorphic “feelings” are actually taste buds… Joy is Sweet, Rage is Spicy, Fear is Bitter, Sadness is Salty, and Disgust is, well, ignore her.

The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio makes a lot of friends (including a grizzly bear) and they all have some laughs over bison burgers. That’s about it.

Best Finale

The Danish Girl

A movie about a young woman made entirely of yeasted dough.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The epic battle between the light and the dark sides of the force is really just about finding balance between chocolate and vanilla.

Bridge of Spies

It's 1957 and Tom Hanks is on a mission to prove that it isn’t called the called The Cold War for nothing.

What other movies have you found to be secretly about food? Share your synopses and pairings in the comments!

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Gabi Benedit

Written by: Gabi Benedit

domestic dilettante.

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