The Oscars—a once-a-year event that compels people everywhere to dress up in their evening finest, roll out the red carpet, and watch stars trickle down to the Dolby Theatre. We stare at our small screens as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ceremoniously hands out awards to outstanding actors for their roles on the big screen—all the while noshing on champagne and popcorn. But what if we were to dream up the ultimate Oscar party dinner menu?
We've binge-watched the films and cast our votes, but the biggest debate is still up in the air: What do we eat? This year, we're trading our classic TV-approved snacks and turning to our favorite food bloggers for menu inspiration. The result: a grandiose procession of delicious bites, all inspired by this year's nine Best Picture nominees. From a healthy L.A. cocktail influenced by La La Land to Arrival-inspired survival needs (chocolate popcorn), this is what you'll want to eat on the film industry's biggest night.
La La Land : Golden Glow Water Cocktail
Start the night off right. A starry-eyed Hollywood film like La La Land deserves a cocktail to match—and one that's healthy, of course! This golden concoction has all the ingredients to make you glow from the inside out: turmeric, ginger, cayenne, lemon—it's great on its own, but it's even better spiked with tequila.
Manchester by the Sea : Roasted Oysters
Welcome your guests with a taste of Boston's finest: roasted oysters. This recipe is inspired by Manchester by the Sea, which takes place between Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts. What better way to start off a meal than with mouthwatering oysters?
Read the full recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon.
Hacksaw Ridge : Classic Chicken Liver Pâté
Food may not be exuberant in war-torn eras, but that doesn't mean it can't taste good. To honor Hackshaw Ridge, the biographical war drama film about World War II, try a simple appetizer of chicken liver paté and baguette. Serve with pickled pearl onions, caper berries, and sweet onion jam.
Read the full recipe on From the Kitchen.
Lion : Beef Satay With Curried Cashew Sauce
For heartwarming Lion, get a taste of India in a convenient TV dinner–approved format. These beef satays with curried cashew sauce are perfect for noshing while never taking your eyes off the screen.
Moonlight :Skillet Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Rice Bake
In a pivotal scene of Moonlight, life slows down to a halt as Kevin, a diner chef, cooks arroz con pollo for his estranged lover. For your Oscar night, elevate your chicken and rice just a touch with this salsa verde chicken tortilla rice bake. It's much better than nachos!
Fences :Buffalo Cheddar Soft Pretzel Twist
One father's dream of becoming a pro baseball player and his son's determination of joining the NFL spells one thing: pretzels—with a twist. Just add buffalo cheddar and savor these delicious bites as you applaud the night's winners.
Hell or High Water :Jameson Whiskey Cheese Burger With Guinness Cheese
Get transported to Texas to support the neo-Western crime thriller Hell or High Water with a boozy burger worthy of the Lone Star State's finest. This hearty pièce de résistance will tide you over until they announce Best Picture.
Arrival : Coconut Chocolate Popcorn
On the verge of a global war, like in the apocalyptic film Arrival, you may be munching on your last reserves—and hopefully these include popcorn and chocolate. Serve this throughout the night or before dessert.
Read the full recipe on Mitzy at Home.
Hidden Figures :Bourbon Peach Dump With Buttered Popcorn
For the grand finale, get a taste of Hidden Figures' Southern roots with this delicious bourbon peach dump—with buttered popcorn, of course. If you can make it through these nine courses, you can stay up until the closing act.