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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!
Midnight in Paris
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.
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?
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.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
We will gladly sip piña coladas on Sunday night -- toasting if The Descendants wins, and drowning our sorrows if it loses.
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?