For this year’s Oscars party, wow your guests with these nominated-movie themed recipes! There is a recipe to represent each of the eight Academy Award-nominated films. First serve your signature cocktail, followed by playful finger foods and a classy starter, then roll out the red carpet with your crowd-pleasing entree, and lastly, dish up an encore with two elegant cakes–one for every palate!
Nominated Movie: The Revenant
Connection: Taking pace in the early 1800s in the American wilderness, The Revenant is about a rugged frontiersman. And while this drink is anything but rustic, this gin cocktail defined spirits in the late 19th century. This blackberry basil bijou by Blue Crab Martini boasts fresh fruits and herbs found out in the wild (see what we did there?).
Nominated Movie: Room
Recipe: Grilled Cheese Dippers
Connection: The captured had little food in the film Room, one being grilled cheese sandwiches. Paying homage to that, we present Candied Whiskey Bacon Grilled Cheese Dippers by The Cookie Rookie—thickly cut strips of cheesy bread dipped into tomato soup.
Nominated Movie: The Martian
Recipe: Sweet Potato Pizzas
In The Martian, a botanist is left alone on Mars and learns to grow potatoes to survive. We’re sure he would have loved this recipe for Mini Sweet Potato Pizzas with Brussels Sprouts and Kale from Love & Lemons.
Nominated Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup
Connection: This Academy Award-nominated film takes place in Australia, so we went with a popular appetizer dish served down under. This recipe for Chilled Pesto Buttermilk Cucumber Soup from Cafe Johnsonia captures all kinds of fresh, herbaceous flavors.
Nominated Movie: The Big Short
Recipe: “Big Short Ribs”
Connection: This recipe for Porter Braised Beef Short Ribs Sandwiches with Jalapeño Beer Cheese Sauce by The Beerones is meaty, spicy, and cheesy—the perfect entree for pleasing a crowd!
Nominated Movie: Spotlight
Recipe: Boston Baked Beans
Connection: In 2001, the journalists of The Boston Globe‘s Spotlight team begin investigating Father John Geoghan. And we’re sure they ate Boston Baked Beans while they did so …. This recipe by An Edible Mosaic is both sweet and spicy.
Nominated Movie: Brooklyn
Recipe: New York Cheesecake
Connection: Obviously with a movie titled Brooklyn we had to go with an iconic New York staple. This recipe for New York Style Coconut Cheesecake with Candied Lemons from Sugary & Buttery is glamorous enough for any Oscars party!
Nominated Movie: Bridge of Spies
Recipe: Cherry 7-Up Pound Cake
Connection: This movie takes place in 1957, so it’s only natural that we chose a recipe that was popularized in the same year. This Cherry 7-Up Pound Cake from Shugary Sweets is whimsical, dense, sweet, and topped with a creamy glaze!