It's Oscar time again and this year I am ready to celebrate the magic and craziness of Hollywood, and create a menu of appetizers and treats to honor the nominees As a child I remember what a special treat it was to attend the saturday matinee with my mom and later stop at our favorite chinese restaurant. Those memories will be with me for the rest of my days and on Oscar night mom and I would pick our favorites and watch to see who won the Oscars. Somehow the movies then were magestic and epic in presentation, unfolding before our eyes and taking us to places that we had never been. Gone With The Wind, Titanic, Forest Gump, Rain Man, The English Patient, 2001 A Space Odessey, Dances with Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy, Out of Africa, Sound of Music, Doctor Zhivago and so many more that have left lots of fond memories and lasting impressions upon this girl. My mom has since past away and the movies have changed greatly, yet I decided to give Hollywood and the movies another chance this year. So with my list of the 9 nominees in hand I began my journey to see each of the nominated movies and create an appetizer to reflect the storyline and perhaps pick the best picture.
Get Out was my first venture into a secuded estate in the woods where a young Afrian American goes to meet his girl friend's parent which turns into a weekend of hell as her mom hypotizes him with a click of a teaspoon against a teacup. For this movie I decided on a High Tea Cocktail made with black tea, cardamon, ginger, gin and a little sweet vermouth, and a simple stirring of your spoon and sip will leave you feel a little fuzzy. Call Me By Your Name took me to Italy in the summertime on a leisurely path of romance between a 17 year old and his father's research assisant Oliver. The Villa the family owns has peach and apricot trees and if you have seen the movie you will understand my choice of Peaches Stuffed With Amaretti Cookies for a sweet taste. Lady Bird had me watching a turbulent relationship between mother and daughter with the young girl learning to find her wings as she ventures far from Sacramento, California to New York to find her niche. For this movie my choice is an assortment of chicken wings from my favorite stop Dj's Wings ( Garlic Parmesan/Buffalo/BBg) because Lady Bird was looking for wings to fly. Phathom Thread took me into the London couture world with a designer living a lonely regimented life with his sister, until he finds love. But love and strict regimented routines don't always blend and it soon becomes I love you to almost death marriage. For this movie I decided on a basic stuffed mushroom to kill or not. Darkest Hour took me to Britan as I meet the newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill who decided whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. His wife Clemmie often called him "Pig" in the movie, which I assume was a nickname between them. So my choice of appetizer for this movie are Mini Pork Pies with a little British influence. The next movie Dunkirk felt like a sequel to Darkest Hour as I was transported to the beach of Dunkirk, France were the Germans were battling with the French and British soldiers and Churchill sent several sailing vesels and ships to evacuate his soldiers. I will served Shrimp Stuffed potatoes to represent the many boats filled with those soldiers. The Post took me into the newspaper world as the country's first female publisher and her editor joined a battle to uncover a cover up that spanned four U.S.Presidents. For this movie I picked a Mini Sandwich Buffet like the editor's wife made for her husband vigilant team of reporters working on hidden lies. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,Missouri showed me a peak of midwest life and fragilty of our one mindness. In this movie I felt a wide range of emotions in a short period of time. A mother who needed closure for her daughter's senseless murder, a sheriff with cancer and his second in command officer with a penchant for violence all collide in a world of misunderstanding. For this movie I will make Missouri Ribs with beer to feel the Missouri spirit.. And last but not least I was transported into a fantasy love story with The Shape of Water. Although no words were spoken by the mute cleaning lady, Elisa took me into her world of loneliness and survival. She found love where she didn't expect at the research laboratory where she worked. He wasn't human but he had feelings and she needed to help him. And to think it all started with an offer of an egg, so for this movie I will prepare an assortment of deviled eggs. Well now you have a peak at my menu for sunday night as I watch the Oscar's.
And the movies that most impressed me for Best Movie is a tie between 3 Bill Boards in Missouri and Shape of Water because they each enlightened me on human emotions, but Shape of Water should win. Best Actor should go to Gary Oldman who made me rethink history and Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. I am torn for the Best Actress with Sally Hawkins in Shape of Water, Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird and Frances McDormand in 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I think Frances McDormand as the grieving mother should win for 3 Billboards. For the Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell as the moody Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Best Supporting Actress should be Allison Janney as Tonya Hardings mom in I, Tonya. Best Director should be Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Good Luck to all the nominees and happy eating to you all.
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