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Best Picture-Themed Menus for Oscar Night 2018

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Hosting an Oscar watch party? We’ve got the food all figured out. We’ve created themed menus for each of the Best Picture nominees, from a Northern Italian spread for Call Me By Your Name to a Ladybird-inspired Thanksgiving feast. Choose one if you’re gunning for a favorite film, or mix and match with dishes for each movie. For more Oscar-party ideas, check out our collection of fun popcorn recipes from coconut-chocolate to pepperoni pizza.

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    A Dunkirk-Inspired Menu of French and British Favorites

    Like the WWII drama Dunkirk, this menu emphasizes the cooperation of French, Belgian, and British forces (culinary forces that is). It centers around steamed mussels, crunchy fish fillets, and French fries–call it Fish & Chips OR Moules Frites.
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    A Lady Bird-Inspired Thanksgiving Menu

    In a pivotal moment of Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age drama Lady Bird, the title character opts out of her family’s Thanksgiving dinner to spend the holiday with her boyfriend’s family. What a great excuse to throw another Friendsgiving, with this turkey-day menu inspired by the movie’s California setting.
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    A Get Out-Inspired Fool-the-Eye Menu

    In Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy Get Out, nothing is quite as it seems (we’ll say no more to avoid spoilers). So too is the case with this menu of trompe l’oeil small bites, from a pun on shrimp cocktail to noodle-free zucchini noodles.
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    A Phantom Thread-Inspired Breakfast Menu

    Though Phantom Thread is one of the best food movies of the year, the way the tumultuous relationship of Alma and Reynolds plays out in their meals may make it a bit tough to stomach some of the more pivotal dishes (mushroom omelet, anyone?). But this breakfast menu, inspired from the characters’ first meeting, should inspire a little more trust from your guests.
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    A Darkest Hour-Inspired Menu of British Classics

    The war drama Darkest Hour depicts British prime minister Winston Churchill grappling with the Nazi threat as it swept across Western Europe. This menu pays homage to those tense days in Britain with a menu of English comfort classics.
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    A Call Me By Your Name-Inspired Northern Italian Dinner Menu

    Call Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age drama set in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, chronicles the summer romance between teenage Elio and Oliver, an American grad student working for his father. The gorgeous setting calls for equally gorgeous food celebrating summer Northern Italian produce.
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    A Power-of-the-Press Menu Inspired by The Post

    This film is all about the power of the press, as The Washington Post wrangles with publishing the leaked Pentagon Papers. So our menu also celebrates the power of the press…culinarily speaking, that is. Think panini, salad with pressed ricotta (aka ricotta salata), and for dessert, a chocolate tart with a press-in crust…made from Graham crackers, natch.
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    A Shape of Water-Inspired Baltimore Seafood Menu

    What to pair with Guillermo del Toro’s Baltimore-set fantasy film The Shape of Water? Maryland seafood, of course. But don’t worry, there are no amphibious humanoid creatures on the menu; just classic crab cakes and Old Bay-rubbed shrimp cocktail. Dessert is Maryland’s state dessert, the many-layered Smith Island cake, made famous by the decades-old tradition of Chesapeake watermen.
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