Welcome to the Firedoglake Red Carpet Liveblog, a chance to get our snark and cheer lubricated for the main event, the Academy Awards, which starts in an hour on whatever your ABC affiliate might be.
Every year for over decade, my friend Mary Herczog and her husband Steve Hochman hosted a great Oscar party–a tradition that continued even after her death last year. It was pot luck, with the food themed around the nominees. The easy out was the Best Foreign Film category: You could just bring, say, Chinese or French food or whatever snacks from the nominated countries that year.
This year, we her friends, are spreading the tradition of Nominated Noms to other parties we attend, which is why I’m sharing it with you. The most obvious of course is True Grit with its numerous chances to win–and any number of ways to make grits (I like them plain with butter, or dolled up with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos). But there is the so-called Forrest Gump rule; that year so many shrimp dishes and boxes of chocolate showed up it was hard to make a balanced meal. So if you’re bringing the obvious, bring another dish to balance it out!
The Crush, nominated for Best Short Film (Live Action) allows for a number of things for the table, from Orange Crush soda, to a crushed pineapple dessert. Best Actor nominee and host James Franco (which seems a bit double-dippy, don’t you think–hosting and being nominated, though he is easy on the eyes!) could provoke a plate of franks, or for his role his role in 27 Days a tasty–though possibly tasteless–bone-in leg of lamb. You get the idea: Puns, references and even the obvious are welcome for the sharing.
So while we watch the arrivals and dish on them, let’s also plan the virtual menu during commercials to whet our appetite for the main course: The 83rd annual Academy Awards.
[photo of Oscar confetti: Aron M. via creative commons]