A few weeks ago, I read that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was going to nominate 10 movies in the Best Picture category this year. I really didn’t think that much about it at the time and thought it was kind of cool that more movies would have a chance to gain exposure and potentially knock out Avatar. That is, until I remembered that I have to come up with a food theme for every single stinking one of them!
For those of you who know me, you know that I host an annual Oscars Party and amuse myself by serving food that is themed around each of the best picture nominations. This requires not only seeing the movie, but paying special attention to what food is in the movie or to a particular regional theme, so I can come up with clever dishes that will amaze my friends with both my creativity and culinary delights. I also like to make them laugh.
So don’t go thinking that I make it to every movie, every year. I try, but due to hectic schedules and the fact that most of the movies are released just a few months before the party, I’ve had to rely on Internet recaps of the movie or quizzing my movie-going friends and family about what the blue people ate in Avatar.
Ten! There are 10 this year – what the hell am I going to do? It’s February 5, the Oscars are just 30 days away, and I’ve only seen two of the 10 nominated movies.
I could bail out and just pick a handful of the movies, but no, I’m in this for the adventure. It’s like a sport to me!
To give you an idea of past movie-themed menus, here’s what I served last year:
Slumdog Millionaire – What else but a buffet of delicious Indian food! The curry was hot and so was the movie – I wonder if there is a correlation to the best dish of the night to which movie wins the prize? I’ll have to go back a few years and test out this theory.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Since Benjamin went through all the stages of life in New Orleans, I served shrimp the way I think a person would eat shrimp as they move through life in the Big Easy…as a baby, ground up shrimp baby food, as a hot midlife Brad Pitt, spicy peel and eat shrimp, and for those days at the nursing home with no teeth, a creamy low country shrimp dip that requires no chewing.
The Reader – I just couldn’t get excited about this movie, so I decided to change it out for the movie Doubt and served wine and communion wafers. Please note this is the first time I ever did a substitution – and my friends were glad I did.
Frost/Nixon – For dessert I had a big “frosted” cake decorated with red, white & blue frosting and pictures of Frost and Nixon. Plus, I think I got extra points because there was a birthday cake at one point in the movie (or am I just making that up now?).
Milk – To go with the cake my party guests could make their own milk shakes with milk, ice cream, and all kinds of sweet accoutrements to throw into the blender. Yum!
So, I’ve got my work cut out for me and a lot of movies to see! Wish me luck and feel free to add any suggestions in the comments – I’ll take all the help I can get!