The Academy Awards ceremony is tonight – the most glamorous red carpet night of the year. The best thing about the Oscars besides the red carpet? The snacks. I compiled snacks to match some of the Oscar-nominated movies so your viewing party snacks can be Oscar-worthy too.
Nominated for Best Animated Film: Inside Out – Roasted cauliflower broccoli stuffed potatoes with cheesy butternut sauce.
Inside Out is one of the Oscar nominated films I actually saw this year. Does that make me a child? If so, I have no problems with it. In the Disney movie, personified emotions show how a young girl thinks and reacts to situations. One of the emotions, Disgust, commonly groans at the sight of broccoli in any form. While Disgust may hate broccoli, I don’t think even she could turn down this Roasted Broccoli Stuffed Potato with Cheesy Butternut Sauce from How Sweet Eats.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight – Clam chowder and boozy Boston cream brownies
Spotlight takes place in Boston, so naturally we have to throw in the classic Clam Chowder from Foodie Crush, or clam chowda, if you are from the area. If you are looking to make this an appetizer for your viewing party, pour the soup into ramekins or large/double shot glasses. Crumble some oyster crackers and crispy bacon on there and you have an instant hors d’oeuvre. And we can’t have a party without dessert, and what better dessert to represent Boston than a twist on the classic Boston cream pie with Broma Bakery’s Boozy Boston Cream Brownies.
Nominated for 12 awards, including Best Picture, Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor: The Revenant – Bear claws
Will this be the year that poor Leo finally takes home a golden statue? Just maybe? With 12 nominations, I’m a bit upset that I never saw this one. At least now I have an excuse to watch it later. The film is set in the wilderness and during the movie, Leo’s character is mauled by a grizzly bear. These versions of bear claws aren’t nearly as sharp, but are way tastier. I really want to try Twigg Studio’s Hazelnut Praline Bear Claws and the classic version from Serious Eats. If you are looking to simplify this recipe, just use store-bought puff pastry! Delicious results, much less fuss.
Another multiple category nominee, with nominations in Best Picture and Best Actor, among others: The Martian – Sweet potato chips
As you can tell by the title, this movie is about an astronaut living on Mars after being stranded by his shuttle. The astronaut, played by Matt Damon, attempts to survive by growing potatoes. To make our potatoes a bit better than Martian potatoes, whip out some Sweet Potato Chips from last week’s recipe. So easy to make, and they are even a similar color to the planet Mars!
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design: Danish Girl – Danish pastry braid
It only seems right to complement the film title, The Danish Girl with Danish pastries. I was surprised to learn that Danishes are not just an American pastry named after the Danes, but actually came from Denmark, where they are a specialty. We can have delicious Danish pastries without a trip to Denmark with this Blueberries and Cream Danish Braid and this Apple Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Danish Braid. They look so delicious! Again, if you are in a bind and want to cut some corners, use puff pastry dough instead of making your own. No judgement. If you want to change up the flavor, switch out the fruit inside and you have a new pastry! I think raspberry would be delicious.
Another Best Picture nominee, it also earned nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay: Brooklyn – Black and White Cookie
While this movie is about an Irish woman, and Irish man, and an Italian man, it takes place in the melting pot that is Brooklyn, so it is only fitting to have an iconic New York treat: the Black and White Cookie. These cake-like cookies are well known New York snacks and would be great for a party. If you aren’t into the texture of black and whites, make circular sugar cookies and ice them half and half with chocolate and vanilla frosting. You can’t go wrong!
Up for Best Original Score, Best Special Effects, and a handful of other film editing awards: Star Wars – Princess Leia Buns
My perspective might be skewed from living with a huge Star Wars fan, but it seemed like Star Wars had the most hype out of all of the movies that came out this year. Merchandise was everywhere and Star Wars was on everything from t-shirts to cereal bowls (we have both in our house). There are some cute Star Wars snacks in a quick Google search, but I think these Easy Laminated Nutella Morning Buns from Lady and Pups are the most delicious, and bonus, they match Leia’s hair style and color :) I have had this recipe bookmarked since she published it and haven’t had a chance to make it yet. I’m thinking this is a good opportunity. May the force be with you!
And all movies at home or at the theater deserve some popcorn. Whip up a batch of regular salted popcorn, and try a few of these sweet and savory twists on the classic. Sweet and spicy popcorn, brown sugar sriracha sesame popcorn, spiked maple bacon popcorn, Nutella puppy chow popcorn, caramel corn, funfetti birthday cake popcorn
All photos are from the websites with linked recipes.