Since I last wrote about my Oscar food theme dilemma this year, I’ve been busy catching the nominated flicks at the Cineplex and on DVD, and as of today, here’s my official viewing scorecard:
Seen – 7: Avatar, Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man, The Blind Side, The Hurt Locker, District 9
Thank you, Netflix – 1: Up (I’ll be catching this on video this week.)
Food reports from friends – 1: An Education (Thanks Arnie, and great suggestion for food from this one!)
Movies I saw that I thought were nominated – 1: A Single Man (Oh well, it was worth it to see Colin Firth naked and floating in a pool and Julianne Moore’s amazing 60’s frock and freckles.)
I’m Screwed – 1: Precious (It’s not at any local theatres or on video yet.)
I’m feeling pretty confident that I will have seen enough of the movies by Thursday, and that’s when I’ll get busy finalizing the plans for my Oscar party menu. I can’t stop thinking that I’m screwed though, because of the movies I’ve seen, the only primary food group consumed is liquor and cigarettes! I mean come on, in The Hurt Locker there is not one morsel of food consumed, unless you count the side of beef an Iraqi man is hauling into his market right before he decides to detonate a bomb with his cell phone.
So good news for my guests – champagne, bourbon, vodka and airline peanuts will all be served! And I have seen some tasty-looking desserts pop up in a few movies, so I’m covered in the sweets arena.
Solid food will be my challenge. I guess some possible food themes would be French food since Inglourious Basterds takes place in France, or Middle Eastern food since The Hurt Locker takes places in Iraq or I know, Taco Bell to represent The Blind Side?
If I don’t come up with something by Friday, it is very likely that I will be acting like the woman in this video and serving up some yummy Banquet Frozen Buffet Food (and hopefully I can figure out what she’s on, cause it looks good!). Banquet should re-hire the ad agency that did that campaign and get some new spots out in time for the Oscars!
I do know one thing, as of today, my pick for best picture is The Hurt Locker. It is an intense nail-biter that draws you in and feels very real (My nephew Sammy, just back from Iraq told me, “If you have never been in an armed service or know nothing about the military, then it’s a stellar movie.”) Smart, incredible cinematography, sound, and film editing, and props for Kathryn Bigelow for expert film direction (hope you win for Director!). The only thing bad I can say about the movie is that Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce are not nearly enough in the movie.
District 9 is my second choice, but definitely a long shot to win. Raw beef and cat food play prominently in District 9 – are you sensing a possible food theme here?
Let’s hope I feel some major creativity this week and don’t serve cat food, and by all means if you have any food suggestions or want to leave your pick for best picture, please leave a comment!
P.S.S. Check back next week to see pics of all the fun food I serve up on Sunday night!