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Oscar Party Menu Ideas Inspired by Best Picture Nominations

phishThe 2011 Oscars begin tonight at 8pm EST on ABC. If you’re trying to come up with some party food for tonight’s festivities that tie in to the movies up for awards, there’s still plenty of time. Here are a few movie -themed menus inspired by the nominees for Best Picture, and some suggestions for easy recipes to make for each. (All easily eaten on the couch, of course!) The entire list of Best Picture Nominations, and details of each, is below.

Movie-inspired menu ideas:

Black Swan: go for black and white foods, like cream cheese-swirled brownies, black and white cookies, or serve Nutella pudding paired with white chocolate blondies.
The Fighter: good, hearty Irish fare might be in order for the Fighter – try making your own Irish Cream, or serve hearty Sausage, Lentil & Barley Soup with Irish Soda Bread.
Inception: they spend plenty of time in Paris, so a French-themed Parisian bistro menu would be in order – try your hand at a Croque Monsieur, or make each guest their own packet dinner wrapped in parchment: cod en papillote.
The Kids Are All Right: There’s a scene in which the whole extended family sits down to a steak dinner – learn the basics on how to cook a steak, and serve them up with three-cheese scalloped potatoes and a green salad.

The King’s Speech: try serving up something British, like homemade beer-battered fish & chips with mushy peas and oven fries.
127 Hours: food that’s good to pack and go is also perfectly suited to couch nibbling – try Chewy Walnut Trail Bars or make the White House’s recipe for Oat & Dried Fruit Granola Bars.
The Social Network: pizza, of course. Here’s how to make your own stuffed crust pizza. Mix up some appletinis to wash it down.
Toy Story 3: I love the tortilla scene. Try making your own homemade tortillas, and serve them with guacamole or turn them into quesadillas.
True Grit: make something cowboy-worthy, like a hearty chili (try Vegetarian Three-Bean Chipotle Chili or Steak Chili) served with warm buttermilk biscuits.
Winter’s Bone: it would have to be venison stew – you could fake it, with this Crock Pot beef stew, or swap cubed venison for the beef in the recipe to be more authentic. Serve with crusty bread or mashed potatoes.

83rd Academy Awards Nominations for Best Motion Picture of the Year

“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight) A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production; Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” (Paramount) A Relativity Media Production; David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. UK Services Production; Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features) An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production; Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company) A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production; Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight) An Hours Production; Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Columbia Pictures Production; Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Toy Story 3″ (Walt Disney) A Pixar Production; Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production; Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions) A Winter’s Bone Production; Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Check out Babble’s Oscar food slideshow for more inspiration!

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