Oscar Night: Nine Dazzling Menus

February 21, 2012

We bow to the over-the-top fizzy silliness that is Oscar night by offering up not one but nine menus -- one for each Best Picture nominee -- for whatever festivities you have planned. Cherry-pick from the menus and simply serve whatever sounds good to you, or show loyalty to your pick for Best Picture by serving its respective menu. The recipes we've selected are meant to capture the mood of the films they represent rather than the exact foods eaten in the movie, but surely there are things we've left out. Tell us what you think and what you've got planned for the big night in the comments!

Cheers and Happy Red Carpet! 

The Artist 

Shop the Story

This homage to Hollywood's Golden Age calls for some equally classic dishes. A martini and a crispy fried oyster? Oh, that'll do nicely, thank you ever so. 

Wicked Witch Martini by thecrabbycook


Fried Oysters with Saffron Aioli by savorykitchen


Midnight in Paris

The menu below represents the great Parisien food-related institutions: a macaron from a pâtisserie and moules (sans) frites from a bistro. Et voilà! 

Meyer Lemon Macarons by DolcettoConfections


Moules Sans Frites by hardlikearmour



There's a scrappiness to Hugo, living between the walls of Gare Montparnasse, stealing food and just getting by. But, bread and water would make for a pretty dull party. As the movie is so sweeping and lush, we'll allow a little upgrade: hot chocolate and good, crusty bread with plenty of cultured butter. 

Perfect Hot Chocolate by savvyjulie


Pain a l'Ancienne by thirschfeld



If there is anything more American than baseball + Brad Pitt, it's hot dogs. Enrobed in a swirling strip of bacon, vvvanessa's Yum Dogs are pure Americana, all dressed up for the Academy Awards. Wash it down with a nice lemon-spiked beer, and why not a little ice cream too? 

Yum Dogs by vvvanessa


Summer Radler by amanda

Jeni's Splendid Lemon Ice Cream by Genius Recipes 


The Tree of Life

Hypnotic, sun-soaked, and dreamy, "Tree of Life" is anything but appetite-inducing. You feel the Texas heat, and an ice cold (and lovely to boot) lemonade or iced tea is just the thing. Basil-scented sherbet is, appropriately, at once the embodiment of lightness and complexity. 

Lemonade Ice Cubes by merrill

tree of life

Mint Iced Tea by merrill

Lemon Basil Sherbet by Sandy Smith


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 

Pizza, cheesecake, (thankfully better-than) street meat. It's the Empire State on a plate.

Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza by TasteFood


Grilled Lemon Chicken with Feta Dressing on Grilled Thyme Bread by MyCommunalTable 

Cappuccino Cheesecake by boulangere


The Descendants

We will gladly sip piña coladas on Sunday night -- toasting if The Descendants wins, and drowning our sorrows if it loses. 

My Favorite Piña Colada by merrill


Grilled Tomatillo and Pineapple Salsa by merrill

Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Ginger Mayo by merrill


The Help 

What's a Southern ladies' lunch without a bacon-wrapped finger food? Throw in some fried chicken for good measure, and of course some mint limeade is just the thing to beat that oppressive heat. Right? It's the heat that's oppressive?  

Devils on Hatchback by helenthenanny


Mint Limeade by vvvanessa 

Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken by Chef James 


War Horse

A light veggie salad for Joey, and a hearty, could-it-be-more-British repast of rarebit and cranberry-molasses steamed pudding for Albert. They had a rough go of it: time for a soul-soothing supper. 

Bagna Cauda Salad by amanda 


Welsh Rarebit with Spinach by cooklynveg 

Cranberry-Molasses Pudding with Vanilla Hard Sauce by cottagegourmet 

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Written by: Miranda Rake

Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.


Waverly February 22, 2012
Wonderful menus to go with great movies! Re. The Help: it's not the heat; it's the humidity, Darlin'
Miranda R. February 22, 2012
How true!
wananling February 21, 2012
Makes me want to host an Oscar party!
lorigoldsby February 21, 2012
Wonderful will be almost like having a "virtual" food52 meetup with some of my favorite members of the food52 community!
Miranda R. February 21, 2012
that sounds like a lovely way to spend Oscar Night!
boulangere February 21, 2012
Thank you for the mention - and on one of my favorite movies, to boot.