We've Got Award-Worthy Meals for Your Favorite Oscar Nominated Films
The 90th Academy Awards are just a few days away, and we're in full preparation mode as we gear up to throw the best viewing party ever. What's a better way to celebrate the best movies of the year than by dishing out a slew of delicious home-cooked meals that play off each of the nominated films?
The full roster of this year's Oscar nominees include titles that range from dark dramas to cheery comedies. Some critics have argued that many of these films are centered around food in one way or another. We couldn't agree more.
Whether you're a diehard fan cheering on a single film or eager to learn more about this year's crop of best films, we have a theme-appropriate dish for you to nosh on:
1) Darkest Hour
This biopic of Winston Churchill's first days in office will have you on the edge of your seat. And since Churchill's favorite foods were all British, serve up a reinvented take on the comforting classic Shepherd's Pie that is as strong in flavor as Churchill was in his leadership: a plateful is only 335 calories.
Get Recipe: Upside Down Shepherd's Pie
2) Lady Bird
There are so many food moments in this coming-of-age story that it's easy to lose count: Lots of comfort dishes served at local diners, a plate of soft scrambled eggs, even a delicious chocolate cupcake. Of course, you could go the obvious (yet delicious) route and just make...well, a bird. But our favorite plot twist in Lady Bird is watching Saoirse Ronan storm off from her family's Thanksgiving feast to celebrate with her boyfriend's family instead.
Enjoy the savory notes of a Thanksgiving meal without roasting a whole bird (and don't forget the sides!)
3) Call Me By Your Name
The cinematography of this romantic drama alone makes you want to hop on the next plane to Northern Italy, and dine on a feast of classic Italian dishes. But the most...memorable food scene in Call Me By Your Name is the one involving a ripe peach. (No spoilers!) If you want to pay homage to the sprawling peach tree in Elio's yard, make a tray of peach-vanilla slab pie.
Get Recipe: Peach-Vanilla Slab Pie
4) Phantom Thread
Who can forget the endless "hungry boy" breakfast that Reynolds orders the first time he meets Alma? The first dish that the protagonist ever orders is a "Welsh Rabbit," (a beer-cheese sauce served over toast) with a poached egg. While the beer-cheese sauce may be a bit heavy, the delicacy of a poached egg can be enjoyed in many different ways, whether surrounded in a hearty tomato sauce or sitting pretty atop a meal of its own.
Get Recipe: Shallow-Poached Eggs
5) The Post
Based on the true story of the 1970s' Watergate scandal, The Post illustrates just how important it is to have a free press—which had us thinking about our own press. Sandwich press, that is.
Wrap your hands around a delicious and healthy pressed sandwich and watch as Meryl Streep most likely cinches her fourth Academy Award.
Get Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Panini
6) The Shape of Water
Guillermo Del Toro's latest drama focuses on the unlikely love story of Elisa, a clerical worker living in 1960's Baltimore, and a fish-like creature held captive in a government laboratory.
But the aquatic nature of this story and the character's dramatic escape into the ocean has us thinking about all the delicious seafood recipes we could tuck into during Sunday's show. This delicious seafood dish only takes 20 minutes to put on the table before showtime.
Get Recipe: Shrimp Paella
7) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This tale of a mother doing everything she possibly can to get justice after her daughter's death doesn't really call to mind great food.
But it does involve billboards. And billboards make us think about... cheese boards! So why not make a trifecta of cheese boards (points if you put them outside a tiny model of Ebbing, Missouri) to nibble on during the Oscars? You can even make one that vegans can dine on, too!
Learn more: The Ultimate Cheese Board
One of the most celebrated animated films of the year is Disney's and Pixar's Coco, a touching adventure that focuses on the importance of Día de Los Muertos for Mexican communities and one family in particular.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed by the stunning visuals—but you'll also want to taste all that great Mexican food, especially Miguel's favorite, tamales.
You can make a few favorite Mexican dishes for your viewing party but be sure to have some of these slow cooker-friendly tamales.
9) Beauty and the Beast
What's not to love about the most mouthwatering French foods coming to life and singing to you before you get to tuck in? Celebrate all the glory of France, from provincial staples to the grandest classics, and even an Instant Pot-friendly cassoulet.
Get Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet
10) The Disaster Artist
James Franco's Tommy Wiseau isn't much of a foodie. He's not much of an actor, either, as evidenced by how many times it takes him to finish his line and tossing that water bottle.
But it's a great reminder to stay hydrated! So be sure to keep some bottles of water on hand as you sit through three plus hours of Oscars coverage. As they announce the movie for its Best Screenplay award, you can even throw the bottle down and shout "Oh, Hi Mark!"
Get Recipe: Three Refreshing Infused Waters