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Oscars: Dinner and a Movie Pairings

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Oscars: Dinner and a Movie Pairings

Some things were just meant to go together: Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, Bogey and Bacall, dinner and a movie. In honor of the 88th Academy Awards on February 28th, plan to watch the opening of the envelopes with a meal inspired by past Best Picture winners. With these creative pairings, the Oscar goes to ... you!



Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)  

Ah, Tiffany's: "Nothing very bad could ever happen to you here". All's right in the world when you serve up a savory make-ahead sausage strata, too, freeing you up to dish about the red carpet.

The Sound of Music (1965)

How do you solve a problem like Maria? This Fontina fondue meets alpine-high expectations and is a great place to start.

The French Connection (1971)

Smuggle in a show-stopping Brie with caramelized onions, and you'll be the evening's hero.

The Godfather (1972)

A surefire way to become a made man? Cheesy spinach lasagna.

Annie Hall (1977)  

Set an urbane scene with steamed lobster and corn on the cob with herbed butter and a glass of wine on the balcony.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Finally get that French toast right. With a drizzle of caramel sauce and some fresh berries, it's good enough for dessert.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Bubba Gump knows shrimp, and you should too. Shrimp dumplings, chili marinated shrimp, curry shrimp, shrimp gumbo—you get the picture.

Titanic (1997)  

Even though Rose would have been feasting on leg of lamb at the captain's table while Jack supped on mutton stew down below, we hope she might have found a way to sneak him a little vanilla cream parfait with fresh berries.

Chicago (2002)

What Velma and Roxie wouldn't do for a deep dish pizza-inspired guinea grinder while cooling their heels in the clink. Easy to make ahead and serve to a crowd, this could easily be your winner.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Don't let the Hobbits get peckish if they've missed Second Breakfast—golden ginger scones are great for snacking with tea.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Fuel your own million-dollar, prize-winning dreams with a fragrant and filling grilled curried cauliflower steaks with spiced lentils and spinach.

Birdman (2015)

Honor last year's Best Picture winner with a bird in the hand: chicken lettuce wraps.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, teacher and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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