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4. Choose your favorite Best Picture nominee and plan your party.
5. Tune in to the Oscars® this Sunday to find out who wins.
Epicourious put together thoughtful menus for each Best Picture nominee. All you have to do is pick your favorite and start planning.
Amour is nominated for five Oscars®
Our menu for Amour is a simple French-style breakfast of poached egg, mushrooms, and frisée, served with croissants. This French-language film is about an elderly couple dealing with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, and our menu is inspired by one of the last meals the couple enjoys before Anne’s health begins to deteriorate.
Argo is nominated for seven Oscars®
For Argo, Ben Affleck’s tension-filled Carter-era drama, we built a menu using recipes from the different cultures in the film—American, Canadian, and Iranian—with fried chicken, maple sugar pie, and Persian rice. The Mai Tai is for the film’s Trader Vic reference, while our peanut-studded dessert is a tribute to Carter’s time as a peanut farmer.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated for four Oscars®
Beasts of the Southern Wild takes place in a struggling Louisiana Bayou community, in a region ripe with culinary inspiration. The main character is named Hushpuppy, so of course that deep-fried favorite is a must. We round out the hearty Southern feast with catfish, crab, and birthday cake, which are all mentioned on screen.
Django Unchained is nominated for five Oscars®
While Quentin Tarantino’s blood- and profanity-soaked Django Unchained takes place in the American Antebellum South, one of the main characters, Leonardo DiCaprio’s vicious slave owner Calvin Candie, is a Francophile, and hosts a lavish dinner at Candyland, his Mississippi plantation. Our menu features French takes on steak, asparagus, and potatoes, plus biscuits, which are briefly mentioned by Samuel L. Jackson’s butler, Stephen. Our coconut layer cake dessert is a nod to the white cake trumpeted by Candie.
Les Misérables is nominated for eight Oscars®
For our Les Misérables menu, we selected Pot-au-Feu as a more appealing take on the mystery meat served by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter’s innkeepers. Complete the feast with Jean Valjean’s loaf of bread and a heart-shaped custard for young lovers Cosette and Marius.
Life of Pi is nominated for eleven Oscars®
We took a less literal course in choosing recipes for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi: In lieu of raw fish and dry rice crackers, we opted for Indian-spiced (and cooked) sturgeon, a vegetable stir-fry, and a dessert that looks like a raft floating in the ocean.
Lincoln is nominated for twelve Oscars®
Steven Spielberg’s heavily nominated Lincoln is short on food and drink references, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, since the 16th President was known for having a limited appetite and hardly ever drinking alcohol—water is said to have been his favorite beverage. Our menu focuses on some of Lincoln’s favorite foods: oysters, apples, and root vegetables. And because we so enjoyed James Spader’s comical cameo and his attempt to secure votes by quail hunting, we included roast quail.
Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for eight Oscars®
Our menu for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook features interpretations of the crabby snacks, homemades, and fire-and-ice cake mentioned in the film, plus Philly Cheese Steaks in honor of Pat Solitano Sr.’s dream to open a cheese steak restaurant.
Zero Dark Thirty is nominated for five Oscars®
For Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial film about the capture of Osama Bin Laden, we highlight specific dishes mentioned on screen. In addition to hummus, kebabs, and tabbouleh, we recommend ice cream cones for dessert as a nod to one of the movie’s few lighter moments.
Which film will win Best Picture? Don’t forget to vote in our Oscar® Ballot Challenge. You could take home a library of Miramax Oscar® winning films including The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and No Country for Old Men. Click here to enter and make sure to watch The Oscars®, this Sunday, February 24 7e/4p on ABC.