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2012 Oscar themed party

I'm starting this now because I had a blast year helping some friend design an Oscar themed party and Chowhound had such great sources.

Anyone want to take a stab at it? What would you serve at a dinner/viewing party for the Oscars this year. Food should be Oscar themed, or Oscar nominated movies (2012) Theme.

Insight on those that have seen the movies would be great, but you don't have to, to make a theme food. Such as Midnight in Paris might be the perfect time to whip up some mini-eclairs with a dark chocolate sauce. Or Money Ball might be great to do a Cheese Ball with "bats" Bread and or pretzel sticks.

There are two movies up for noms that have gross food themes. Would party goers be grossed out at a Help themed Chocolate Pie or would you nix those ideas?

and what about drinks?

Any Ideas?

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  1. Well....you've got "Descendants"....so you could do some sort of tropical cocktail. Mai Tai?
    Or....French champagne....for "Midnight in Paris." And for "War Horse" you could do.......no, bad joke. I didn't mean it.......

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    1. re: perk

      I would do something like that for war horse except the only person I'd trust to execute it is Chris Cosentino and I'm not even close to San Fran. :P

      mai tai and french champagne all good recs!

    2. Although Chocolate Pie is an obvious choice for the Help, I, personally think it's not the wisest. At least to those who have read/seen it. Perhaps you could make a caramel cake?

      For the Descendants, I think mango or coconut sorbet would be pleasant. Douglas Fairbanks Cocktail for the Artist? Some type of junk-y food for Money Ball, pretzel bites, french fries, twinkies.

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      1. re: catcherinthewheat

        Right I was thinking the crassness of the help dessert might be too much. I was thinking Pecan Pie maybe?

        I haven't seen the Descendants so tell me what the sorbet is about?

        I can see the d. Fairbanks cocktail for the artist.

        And someone mentioned Brad Pitt eats in almost all of his movies, he is up for an award for Moneyball but we could also honor him with another dish from a favorite past movie,

        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

          Pecan Pie would be nice too, definitely a southern icon.

          The family in the Descendants lived in Hawaii( tropical cocktail like Perk suggested, def) and they ate ice cream a bunch, sooo.

          Yeah, I heard about the Brad Pitt thing. Some fellows actually made a list of all the food he ate, although most of it isn't very memorable.

      2. How about Veal Oscar (sorry I don't think I've seen any of the nominees yet).

        1. Since Moneyball is baseball based....you could do popcorn. But make it a bit classier with truffle salt.

          1. I am breaking out the crystal, in honor of Billy's return, which will be filled with French champagne. My tables will have fish/chips (England), crepes and other French food items, and regional American fare: mini hotdogs in blankets, popcorn, soft pretzels (baseball & ny street food), Texas chili, etc. I will have Hawaiian punch juice boxes, and fresh pineapple. There will be a tray table with a bottle of scotch and glasses like those in the Artist. And a Swedish appetizer of gravlax and dill. That is as far as I have gotten. Oh, I will probably go with some sort of chocolate pie...

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            1. I have never seen or read nor will I ever see or read The Help. Will someone please tell me what is wrong about serving Chocolate Pie? Please? :)

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              1. re: ttoommyy

                She adds a revenge ingredient, if you can guess what that is.

                Although Epicurious just came out with a oscar party menu based on the nominated best films. For the help they suggest chocolate pie.

                1. Well....considering my adoration for, and so happy that the fabulous Jean Du Jardin is FINALLY being recognized outsidda France, and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is nominated, as well as Hugo, we are having a French-themed dinner get-together on Oscar night this year. We'll start off with Kir Royales, then we'll have a Celery Root Remolaude for an entree. The main plate will be Boeuf Bourguignon, followed by some chevre and brie and I will make my macaron for dessert. I'm so excited!! Hope DuJardin wins and I really hope "The Artist" wins;)

                  1. These are all great Awesome Ideas.

                    With the Descendents based in Hawaii and Midnight in Paris, and DuJardin French. There are plenty of options.

                    A friend of mine laughed and said you can make little sliders and call the Billy Crystals.

                    1. For Meryl Streep's " The Iron Lady" : 10 foods highest in iron --
                      Red meat
                      Egg yolks
                      Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
                      Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
                      Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
                      Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
                      Turkey or chicken giblets
                      lentils, chick peas and soybeans

                      1. I try to have an Oscar Party most years and create a menu that goes along with the nominees- So far here is what I've come up with. I am not guaranteeing Gourmet or original, but impressive! I still would like to add a swedish dish to play tribute to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - which I loved!! Also I need to see the Tree of Life. This year there are lots of connections. The Artist, Hugo, and Midnight in Paris all take place in the roaring 1920's. I have not seen Tree of Life yet, but it was filmed outside Austin where I live, so I am assuming Southern, early Texas food. Anyway here is the menu so far. We are having it a week ahead of time due to a family wedding on the weekend of the ceremony and also because Sunday nights are hard with work the next day. If recipe doesn't have a link, then I already have a recipe for it, and don't need one.

                        Hors D’ Oevres
                        • Martinis (The Artist)

                        • The Great Gatsby Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (Midnight in Paris

                        * Coconut Macadamia Crusted Shrimp (The Decendents

                        • Mini- Ballpark Dogs (Moneyball

                        • Stuffed Potato Skins (War Horse

                        • Minnie Perfect Fried Chicken (The Help

                        • Irish Mashed Potatoes (War Horse
                        )• Cocktail Sized Reubens on Rye (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
                        • Pulled Pork on Hawaiian Roll (The Decendents
                        )• Caesar Salad with Cardinis Dressing (The Artist)

                        • Chocolate Croissants (Hugo

                        • Minnie Chocolate Pie (The Help

                        • Pineapple Coconut Trifle (The Decendents)

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                          1. re: Betsy C

                            The obvious choice for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be to add Swedish meatballs to your appetizers, but you could also figure out a sandwich, or have one of yours do double duty, or just add coffee along with your desserts. (Major caveat: I haven't seen the film, and am basing my recommendations on the book, where sandwiches and coffee are eaten over and over by Blomqvist while conducts his investigation from Vanger's estate).

                            ETA: This link has a Swedish meatball recipe from CH poster MMRuth (I haven't made it, but a) I know she's an excellent cook, b) she says it is from a Swedish cookbook, in Swedish, and c) she lived in Sweden as a child): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4903...

                            1. re: Betsy C

                              Wow Betsy C, that's quite a menu. Sounds great.

                              One question though: not having seen War horse, what's the connection to Stuffed Potato Skins?

                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                The only connection to War Horse would be the Ireland connection. Joey the horse and his owner were from Ireland.

                                  1. re: Betsy C

                                    Betsy - I'm pretty sure War Horse was set in Devon in SW England. At least it was so in the play. Devon clotted cream maybe?

                              2. I just saw The Descendants and my first thought was Strawberry Ice Cream and Mocha Chip Ice Cream.

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                                1. I do an Oscar themed menu as well, but I like to make it "pun-ny". Here are my thoughts so far:

                                  The Artist - Artist-an Cheese Plate or He'Artist of Palm Salad

                                  The Descendants - The Crescendants (pigs in blanket with some kind of pineapple-y Hawaiian dipping sauce)

                                  Tree of Life - The Brie of Life or a log cake (bouche de vie?)

                                  War Horse - War Horse d'ouvres or War Horseradish English Roast- roast beef and horseradish cream on crostini, or if I decide to serve a heartier main dish, then an english style roast with horseradish cream

                                  Eggs-tremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Deviled eggs OR Extremely Hot & Incredibly Spicy

                                  The Help - Hamburger Help-er or chocolate pie

                                  Midnight in Pear-is Tarte

                                  Moneyballs - crackerjack balls to go with the baseball theme or meatballs if i need more savory

                                  Hugo cocktail or Huge-o shrimp (like jumbo shrimp? might be too much of a stretch)

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                                  1. re: mdo

                                    those ideas are really cute too! Love them!

                                  2. so glad i found this link cuz i too throw a party. i make a meal out of the best picture nominees, serve a "golden" dessert and have a "red carpet" cocktail punch along with a corni-coppola assortment wines. would love to have more dinner ideas for the best film nominees???

                                    i like the fried chicken idea for "the help"...can i make fried chicken out of the little drumstix ya think? no choclate pie for thank you lol!

                                    1. I do a course 'brought to you by...' each of the best picture nominees. The jump in nominees has made it a lot more work!

                                      I'm totally doing chocolate pie for The Help!

                                      In Hugo, the boy steals apples and croissants. I think I'll make a salad with apples in it.

                                      For Moneyball, hot dogs would work but I usually do gourmet - maybe cheese ball or mini pigs in blankets, or maybe I'll send everyone home with CrackerJacks ("take me out to the ball game...").

                                      In War Horse, that turnip field is so significant. I think a turnip side dish. I have a turnip and bacon dish that's good. I might end up doing turnip soup.

                                      For The Descendants Blue Hawaiian sounds good, he was blue. But my cocktail might be a champagne cocktail for Midnight in Paris. Midnight in Paris could be the wine match as there lots of wine drinking and a wine tasting.

                                      The Artist shows the break down of the marriage over a series of clips of him having breakfast with his wife, I might do something with a breakfast feel.

                                      I still have to see Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

                                      1. These are great ideas.

                                        I had thought about doing chocolate Pie for the help...but I'll never look at chocolate pie the same way.

                                        Love the coconut crusted shrimp idea for Descendants. Or macadami-crusted halibut with mango-pineapple salsa
                                        Turnip for War Horse
                                        Have not seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly close...what's the significance of mocha chip and strawberry ice cream? Loved the pastrami idea
                                        Fancy popcorn for moneyball
                                        Okay, don't scoff, but was thinking those crescent/apple dumplings for hugo, but maybe tarte tatin.
                                        practically anything parisian for Midnight in Paris
                                        Came away from The Help with huge fried chicken cravings. Either that or maybe sweet potato biscuits
                                        Tree of Life was so bizarre...1950's Texas ideas. I just don't know how to turn that "elegant"?!
                                        I suppose a cool cocktail for The Artist...except Prohibition?...Great Gatsby-eque ideas?

                                        Typically I just do a nice dinner for company. Last year I did a wine and cheese course, spinach and pear salad, roasted beef tenderloin, gratin potatoes, roasted asparagus, and always key lime pie for dessert (tradition!)

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                                        1. re: bblonde

                                          Your traditional key lime pie dessert works perfectly for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, as well as for Hugo, since both have keys as major parts of the films!

                                        2. Every year we get a small group of friends together to enjoy the show. ( The kind of friends who won't gasp if there's an active pot on the stove or one in the sink) We also prepare one thing to celebrate each of the best picture nominees - we once did a few for the 'leads' but more than five nominees put that to rest

                                          Here's our nominees...

                                          Midnight in Paris - "the Hemingway' - (cocktail with pernod and champagne)
                                          The Artist - Black and White soup
                                          Hugo - Croque monsieur (minis) with mornay
                                          War Horse - Straw and Hay (pasta)
                                          Moneyball - gotta dress up some dogs - I'll switch to sausage sliders if there's too much protest
                                          The Descendants - pulled pork with pineapple salsa
                                          Tree of life - tough one - best we could come up with is comfort food - funky meatloaf or mac and cheese
                                          The Help - have to do the pie - it was too important to the storyline - but going with a second dessert for those who 'just can't'
                                          Extremely loud - "Key" lime tart with fresh strawberries (Another thought is Chicken or veal oscar - the young lad's name is Oskar)

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                                          1. re: Kalidoe

                                            OMG what kind of friends would gasp if there was an active pot on the stove, or one in the sink? Away with ye, demon!!!

                                            Otherwise your meal sound very nice, I might borrow some ideas.

                                            1. re: Kalidoe

                                              Haha I made black and white soup for black swan last year!!!! Great idea but I can't repeat :-)

                                            2. After some research, here is the menu I'm going with:
                                              The Artist – French Martini
                                              Midnight in Paris – fruit, cheese and charcuterie platter
                                              The Descendants – Crab Cakes
                                              Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – New York Deli Style Ruebens and Pastrami Sandwiches
                                              War Horse - Parsnip, Potato, and Turnip Puree
                                              Moneyball – Hot Dogs
                                              The Tree of Life – Homestyle Mac and Cheese
                                              The Help – Minnie’s Chocolate Pie (minus her secret ingredient!)
                                              Hugo – Petits Pains au Chocolat
                                              As you can tell I am trying to please a crowd of children and adults!

                                              1. Since three of the nominated films have a French 1920's/30's connection, I'm going that direction. Guests are dressing as flappers, jazz musicians, silent films stars, gangsters, etc.

                                                Food: pate a choux (turned into a croquembouch is I have time), an apple olive oil cake, baked Brie w/pickled plums and baguette, leek/Comte quiche, olive tapenade and French cheeses set out with clusters of grapes and herbs, crudités w/lemon oil, and possibly Madelines.

                                                Drink: lemon sodas for the kids, and a strawberry champagne version of a French 75 from the cocktail book "Speakeasy" from the bar "Employees Only" in NY. Prohibition punch would be a fun American nod to that era. Also - Manhattans or Sidecars.

                                                On a side note, we are able to rent costumes from a local theater company and are getting a red carpet remnant strip from a flooring store. I have a couple of vintage Vogue posters that I'm hanging. Of course we'll have printed ballots from the official Oscar site for guests to use in making their predictions, and a few movie tickets as prizes.

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                                                1. re: mommamayi

                                                  The red carpet idea is brilliant!

                                                2. Thanks for all the great ideas! We do an Oscars Theme party every year, and I have lurked here for inspiration, finally decided I need to give back :-) Here's what I have come up with for 2012:
                                                  The Help: Fried chicken (and/or "chickless") and Minnie's Chocolate Pie
                                                  The Artist: Dog Biscuit Crackers and Cheese and Black and White Bean Soup
                                                  Moneyball: Peanuts in shell, mini-hot dogs, beer, Cracker jack
                                                  Tree of Life: Broccoli "trees" with Ranch dressing
                                                  Hugo: Croissants and Milk
                                                  War Horse: Glazed baby turnips and carrots
                                                  The Descendents: Paradise fruit salad and tropical punch
                                                  Midnight in Paris: Champagne, sparkling cider and Absinthe
                                                  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Key Lime Pie
                                                  Also adding for fun:
                                                  Rooney Mara for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: cucumber & tomato sandwiches on heavy whole grain bread and coffee
                                                  Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids: Crunchy frozen green pea salad

                                                  As you can see I borrowed liberally from this board and others...thanks again!

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                                                  1. re: lopezluck

                                                    What's the reference for the frozen peas???? Cannot remember

                                                  2. Final selections (ideas stolen left, right and centre!)

                                                    - Cocktail - Blue Hawaiian, The Descendants, since the star's Hawaiian and blue

                                                    - Amuse Bouche - Fossil Cookies (Martha Stewart) Tree of Life, a nod to the weird, origins of the Earth scenes

                                                    - Appetizer - Crostini, Midnight in Paris, Gil says he'd like to spend his life wandering the banks of the Seine with a baguette under his arm

                                                    - Salad - spinach and apple, Hugo, Hugo steals apples and croissants to survive

                                                    - Soup - black and white soup, The Artist, black and white film

                                                    - Main - chicken oscar, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, child is named Oskar

                                                    - Side - turnip and bacon mash, War Horse, ploughing turnip field

                                                    - Dessert - chocolate pecan pie, The Help, an ode to Minnie's pie

                                                    - Take Home - Cracker Jack, Moneyball, "buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack..."

                                                    1. One fun thing you might consider is a nice candy counter, like at a movie theatre. It's not themed specifically towards any movie, but I think people would love it: rows of Junior Mints and goobers and jujubes....maybe rent a popcorn machine and soda machine?
                                                      Champagne comes in single-serving bottles; that might be fun.
                                                      And then for your hot food, make pizzas - emulating Wolfgang Puck.

                                                      1. Here's a partial menu that Wolfgang Puck will serve at at the annual post-Academy Awards dinner, the Governor’s Ball.

                                                        Smoked salmon and caviar pizza
                                                        Potato latkes with smoked sturgeon
                                                        Spicy tuna tartare in sesame miso cones
                                                        Wolfgang’s spring rolls
                                                        Crab cakes with remoulade
                                                        Beef burgers with remoulade and aged Cheddar
                                                        Chicken pot pie (without truffle)
                                                        Oscars fudge (not on the menu)


                                                        1. Every year I do an Oscar party with a menu based on the Best Picture Category. Here is this year's:

                                                          Here it is:
                                                          Moneyball: Ballpark food, such as popcorn, peanuts, and hot dogs (piggies in a blanket).
                                                          The Artist: Secret Kiss Cookies: They're black and white, romantic and sweet, just like the movie.
                                                          War Horse: Devils on Horseback.
                                                          The Descendants: Hawaiian fruit platter.
                                                          The Help: (beside That Pie) Pecan pie-glazed pecans.
                                                          Midnight in Paris: French Martini
                                                          Hugo: Mini chocolate croissants & (decaf) coffee
                                                          The Tree of Life: tortilla chips & salsa-the official state snack of Texas (who knew?)
                                                          Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Pretzels with various mustards for dipping-the quintessential New York food that are incredibly loud to eat (I know...bad joke!).