The glitz! The glam! The thematic food! We are just a few days away the 89th Academy Awards, one of my favourite reasons to throw a party. I’m still trying to cram in the last of the Best Picture noms before the big night, but I’ve started to plan my menu. Oscar Party 2017 is underway!
Let’s take a look at the Best Picture nominations and possible food pairings:
Arrival: Calamari, inspired by the creepy alien imagery. Maybe with some sort of black squid ink-like dip?
Fences: When Viola Davis serves biscuits to her brother-in-law, they bring a smile to his face, and biscuits bring a smile to my face, so it’s a double win! Chicken and collard greens work too. Set in Pittsburgh, you could also do pierogies or cabbage rolls, to represent the European immigrant population.
Hacksaw Ridge: Wine and bread would be a simple snack to represent the strong religious theme throughout this film. For something a bit more fancy, you could also do sushi to represent this bloody battle against the Japanese.
Hell or High Water: Steak and potatoes make an appearance in this neo-Western crime thriller. How about some mini potato and meatball skewers?
Hidden Figures: Astronaut ice cream is my go-to for space movies! A fun and easy snack.
La La Land: A few ideas for this one: a colourful veggie spread to symbolize all the bright and beautiful dresses that danced across the screen. You could also do a “jazzed up” Hollywood cocktail to prove your love of jazz to Ryan Gosling. But the obvious La La Land food is chicken skewers (“Sashay, Satay Chicken Skewers”?) to represent Ryan’s dream of opening his “Chicken on A Stick” club.
Lion: This one was easy. When Dev Patel takes a bit of some jalebi, a sweet Indian dessert, he has a flashback to his childhood in India. It’s a pivotal moment in the film, and a tasty one too!
Manchester by the Sea: There’s always one film that is underwhelming, and this year for me it was Manchester. Thus the food pairing tends to be a bit, uninspired. How about some beer? Beer was the reason why Casey Affleck leaves his home in the middle of night, only to come home to a devastating scene. Or you could do s’mores….(too much?).
Moonlight: When Chiron reunites with his friend Kevin, Kevin makes him the Chef’s Special: arroz con pollo, a chicken dish similar to paella.
Menu planned? Check!
Ballot printed? Check! I like this format from Moviefone. I always add a few bonus points for the harder categories like Short Film.
Need an Oscar drinking game? I have a pretty straightforward one!
DRINK EVERY TIME:
- Jimmy Kimmel makes a joke about Mel Gibson, who glares at him with a big false smile
- The camera cuts away to Meryl Streep
- Viola Davis says something awkward
- Casey Affleck arrives looking even more unshaven and creepy than the Golden Globes
- If you lose a category on your ballot
- A winner thanks God/Jesus
- A winner’s speech gets cut off by the orchestra
- A winner tries to make a political statement in their speech
- Someone trips on stage
- The show runs overtime
If you think you might end up a bit too hammered for a Sunday night, use this Bonus Oscar Prop Bet sheet instead.
MY BRIEF BEST PICTURE SUMMARY
I only have Hell or High Water left to watch, but I have to say that this year’s Best Pic lineup wasn’t the strongest. My personal fave is Lion, a beautifully told story that had me bawling. La La Land was pretty to look at but I wish there had been more songs to support the story and characters. I loved Arrival and Moonlight equally. Stunning cinematography from both. Arrival breathed new life into the sci-fi genre and Moonlight told an important story in a sensitive way. Hidden Figures was interesting, but felt a bit anti-climactic (a comparison to Apollo 13 comes to mind). The film I was most surprised with was Hacksaw Ridge. I used to love Mel Gibson but like many folk, I have been turned off by his crazy behaviour in recent years. If you push that aside – Hacksaw Ridge is a fantastically shot war film with a solid story, supported by delicate religious undertones. Manchester By The Sea didn’t really do much for me, I found it hard to have much sympathy for the main characters. The best part about the film is Michelle Williams, who always steals any scene she is in. However I’d watch Manchester any day over the gawd awful Fences which was so boring and poorly adapted from the play it was based on. No one needs to watch Denzel Washington yammer on for two + hours. Tortured myself to finish that one.