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A Dish for Every Best Picture Nominee

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The Oscars are this Sunday, and I’m awaiting the ceremony with bated breath. This movie-going season has been a particularly fervent one for me (thank you, MoviePass!). In preparation for the awards, I have my ballot printed and filled and my bets hedged. Who will steal for Best Director? I have my guesses, and, no, I’m not telling.

An Oscars watch party doesn’t have to stop at the movie talk. You can also consume the movies. No, like, literally eat them. This year was a potent one for food in film. Whether a peach or a parboiled egg, food, in many of the Best Picture nominees, was more than a prop—it propelled plots and allowed a peek into character’s psyches. Breakfast became more than just the first meal of the day, a cup of tea was rendered suddenly diabolical. So whether you want to eat your way through all the noms, or just a few of them, we’ve compiled the recipes that correspond to all the 2018 Best Picture nominees.

Call Me by Your Name

Peaches would be the obvious way to go here, but it isn’t peach season, so go ahead and skip. The imagery is overwrought, anyways. Instead, evoke the flavors of a northern Italian summer with a sumptuous feast. Think family-style pastas and deep red wine—food that makes you want to fall in love.

Pici con le Briciole (Pici with breadcrumbs)

Pici con le Briciole (Pici with breadcrumbs) by Emiko

Casunziei all'ampezzana (Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seeds)

Casunziei all'ampezzana (Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seeds) by Emiko

Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)

Phantom Thread

Don’t be fooled: What appears to be a movie about fashion is actually one about food. Reynolds Woodcock, the idiosyncratic British designer at the heart of the film, organizes his time, and his moods, around what he consumes. Whether it’s his breakfast (nothing sludgy) or his asparagus (cooked in oil, only) he manipulates his tiny universe through matters of the plate. This masterpiece of a film charts a relationship and the way food can be used as a conduit of love, however obsessive or controlling it may be. Serve yourself a verified English breakfast spread including, if you dare, a mushroom omelet.

Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit
Cranberry Spelt Scones

Cranberry Spelt Scones by Yossy Arefi

Apple and Pork Breakfast Sausage

Apple and Pork Breakfast Sausage by hardlikearmour

Petite Pea Omelet with Mint and Mascarpone

Petite Pea Omelet with Mint and Mascarpone by WinnieAb

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Eggs Mimosa

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Eggs ... by Sara Jenkins

The Shape of Water

This tender tale of interspecial love is first ignited by a hard-boiled egg, so if it’s this film you wish to pay homage to, make yourself the perfect one and call it a day. If you’re serving a crowd, why not devil the eggs? The Shape of Water unfolds across a dreary and often rain-dappled Baltimore, so you could also bring the city to life with an inspired oyster pie.

Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs

Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Lower Eastern Shore Oyster Pie

Lower Eastern Shore Oyster Pie by Spike Gjerde

Get Out

This complex, genre-bending tour de force features food in two chilling forms. The first is a cup of tea that, when stirred ever so softly and methodically with a spoon, produces ghastly effects. The second, a deconstructed bowl of Froot Loops that Allison Williams eats with mechanical ghoulishness. Both are instantly iconic. We don’t have any Froot Loop recipes on the site, but you can make do with this one for homemade cereal, instead. Please, don’t hypnotize and abduct any of your houseguests.

Genevieve Ko's Homemade Coco Puffs
Genevieve Ko's Homemade Coco Puffs

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s beautifully attentive coming-of-age story is situated in Sacramento, and the movie reads like a love letter (however wrought) to the city. In one pivotal scene, Lady Bird’s family celebrates her graduation over Mexican food, when her father lets slip a particularly loaded secret. Pile your Oscars party table with Mexican dishes and pretend you’re a dysfunctional family.

Roasted Yam & Collard Green Enchiladas

Roasted Yam & Collard Green Enchiladas by Food52

Pork Belly Carnitas

Pork Belly Carnitas by meatified

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Mayonnaise Dressing

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Mayonnaise Dressing by bitememore

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

THe Post

This historical drama is all about power lunches. Think suited execs in smoky dining rooms eating steak...at lunch. Hey, it was the 70s! Evoke the glamour of the era with some fancy fare. Just no government secrets.

Spicy Boiled Shrimp Cocktail with Smoky Remoulade
Spicy Boiled Shrimp Cocktail with Smoky Remoulade
Grilled Steak and Romaine Salad with Coconut Dressing

Grilled Steak and Romaine Salad with Coconut Dressing by Alexandra Stafford

Beet Herb Salad (in Jello Form)

Beet Herb Salad (in Jello Form) by Ali Slagle

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MIssouri

Food isn’t really anything central to this film. It’s a lot more about...well, billboards. And racism, police, bureaucratic negligence, and revenge (lots of it). There’s also a lot of beer. So you could definitely serve beer and channel Sam Rockwell’s character, who seems to be a big fan of the drink. Also, Ebbing is not actually a place. Like at all. But Missouri is! So, in honor of this great state, and this movie, why not try a little BBQ?

21 Greenpoint Ribs

21 Greenpoint Ribs by Food52

Baked Beans

Baked Beans by Merrill Stubbs

Dunkirk

I’ll admit, I didn’t see this one. But work with me here. From what I know, it’s a war movie, so I assume there’s not that much eating going on. Also, it takes place in... Dunkirk, right? Which is in northern France. So the cuisine of northern France it is! Go with local produce and seafood that channels the salty, windswept vibe of what many are calling Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus.

Buttery Braised Belgian Endive

Buttery Braised Belgian Endive by amber wilson | for the love...

Mussels Escabeche Crostini with Sunchoke Purée

Mussels Escabeche Crostini with Sunchoke Purée by Josh Cohen

The Darkest Hour

We get it, we get it: Gary Oldman gives the performance of a lifetime as Winston Churchill. If it’s 1940s-era England vibes you seek, then let these recipes for British classics guide you. Think savory pies or tea and biscuits. You know, all that good stuff.

Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes

Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes by Merrill Stubbs

English Muffins

English Muffins by Erin McDowell

Sausage and Apple Pie

Sausage and Apple Pie by Kate McDermott-Art of the Pie

Scottish Kedgeree

Scottish Kedgeree by Graeme Taylor

Who do you hope takes home the big prize? Cast your ballot in the comments below.

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
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