9 Best Picture-Themed Recipes for This Year's Oscar-Nominated Films
Thematically appropriate food and drinks to make for Hollywood's biggest night.
After an already eventful awards season, the main event is nearly upon us. The show we’ve all been waiting for, the Oscars are heavily anticipated by all, nominees and film buffs alike. After spending the past few months watching phenomenal film after another, we can’t wait to see who takes the cake. We also noticed each best picture nominee had a notable food scene or motif throughout the film. So we singled them out for you and found a delicious recipe to match. We highly suggest you make the recipe of your favored winner for good luck. Here are nine Academy Award best picture nominee and recipe pairings for Sunday night’s show.
Call Me By Your Name – Baked Stuffed Peaches with Saffron Zabaglione
Ah, the peach scene. Somehow, director Luca Guadagnino and actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer made, uh, pleasuring one's self with a stone fruit into a raw, earnest piece of art about sexual exploration and love. This pivotal scene between Elio, Oliver and a peach pairs perfectly with this baked dessert of fragrant peaches, crunchy amaretti cookies and aromatic zabaglione.
Darkest Hour – In Cold Blood Cocktail
Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill was seldom without a lowball glass of whiskey throughout the film about his early days as prime minister of England. He drank with his breakfast, during his meetings with the King, and while he dictated some of his most famous speeches to his personal secretary. This whiskey cocktail, aptly titled In Cold Blood, is a step up from Churchill’s neat libation, with vermouth and artichoke-flavored aperitif Cynar. (Or do Churchill a solid and just have your whiskey straight up.)
Dunkirk – Fresh Raspberry Preserves
We suspect the soldiers at the Dunkirk evacuation didn’t have much to eat, so they had to take advantage when they were fed. Below the deck of a ship, soldiers pick slices of bread with red jam from metal trays and devour their meals. “What’s wrong with your friend?” Harry Styles’ character Tommy inquires suspiciously about the only soldier who didn’t indulge. We’re willing to bet these fresh raspberry preserves from 2016 Best New Chef Iliana Regan are better than the offerings at Dunkirk, but you get the idea.
Get Out – Breakfast Popcorn and Milk
Spoiler alert! At the end of Jordan Peele’s racially-charged horror film Get Out, it becomes clear that Allison Williams’ character Rose has lured multiple black boyfriends and at least one girlfriend to her family’s home so that they can transplant white people’s brains into black bodies. In an eerie scene that proves just how psychotic Rose is, she is sitting cross-legged on her bed, wearing all white and listening to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” with headphones. She takes tiny bites of dry Froot Loops from a bowl and takes tiny sips of milk from a straw in a separate glass while she searches “top NCAA prospects” on her laptop. Perhaps that odd cereal-eating technique should be a hint to the underlying craziness of her family for her next boyfriend. If you want to get a little crazy with your cereal consider transplanting popcorn into your cereal bowl (though we'd suggest pouring the milk in there, too).
In the coming-of-age film, a teenager who calls herself Lady Bird is a Catholic high school student who has a complicated relationship with her mother. At times, she also has a strained relationship with her best friend Julie, but when they’re getting along, they get into classic Catholic school mischief like eating unconsecrated Communion wafers out of the tub while laying on the floor talking about masturbating. Rather than the Communion kind, these wafer-thin crispbreads coated in dark chocolate are studded with flaky Maldon sea salt, chewy crystallized ginger and candied fennel seeds. The conversation is up to you.
Phantom Thread – Smoky Glazed Asparagus
It is no secret that Daniel Day-Lewis’ character Reynolds Woodcock has a strange relationship with his assistant and muse, Alma. She decides to cook him dinner to spend quality time with him and makes asparagus. He heavily salts his plate of vegetables before using his hands to dip each bite in oil before eating it. Alma knows he doesn’t like it, to which he says, “As I think you know, Alma, I prefer my asparagus with oil and salt. Knowing this, you’ve prepared the asparagus with butter. I can imagine in certain circumstances being able to pretend that I like it made this way, but right now I’m just admiring my own gallantry for eating it the way you’ve prepared it.” Thus, there is a very small chance Reynolds would enjoy his asparagus smoky and glazed with a mayonnaise-based marinade, but we promise they’re delicious this way.
Once Bob Odenkirk’s Ben Bagdikian acquires some of the Pentagon Papers for The Washington Post, Tom Hanks’ Ben Bradlee rallies his whole team at his house to read through the information. The journalists and lawyers are working nonstop, so Bradlee’s wife cooks all their meals. At one point, Bradlee is arguing with the paper’s chairman about whether or not to publish the sensitive information. They’re sitting at the dining room table ravenously eating bowls of spaghetti and Bradlee pauses his shoveling to say, “If we live in a world where the government can tell us what we can and cannot print, then The Washington Post as we know it has already ceased to exist.” This whole wheat spaghetti with lamb, tomato and cumin sauce makes us feel just as empowered as that statement.
The Shape of Water – Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs
When mute janitor Elisa first comes in contact with the mysterious humanoid amphibian at the government lab, she presents him with a peeled hard-boiled egg as a gesture to show that she comes in peace. He seems to enjoy the egg, and so she continues to bring him more hard-boiled eggs as she continues to visit him. Their bond strengthens through sign language, but it was the egg that first sparked their amicable relationship. Who knows how quickly their romance would have blossomed if she had brought these sriracha-and-wasabi deviled eggs, instead of plain hard-boiled ones?
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Salty Almond Rice Krispie Bites
Robbie is mad at his mother for putting up incendiary billboards about his sister’s rape and murder, so he gives her the silent treatment while they eat bowls of cereal for breakfast. To get a rise out of her son, Frances McDormand’s Mildred flings milk-soaked Rice Krispies all over his face. He calls her a mean name, but eventually cracks a smile before his dad shows up to yell at and threaten Mildred. The whole morning probably would’ve gone more smoothly if they were eating these salty almond Rice Krispie bites rather than the ordinary cereal.
The 90th annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.