So the wife has an annual Oscar Party tradition: she and the girls all get together and watch the awards show and eat food inspired by that year’s nominees. I stay home, drink beer, and watch Clint Eastwood movies.
Except that this year, the girls have decided that husbands are invited, and since my wife is always bragging about my cooking, I gotta come up with something.
My first idea was that since one of the foreign-film nominees is “Bullhead,” I was gonna make catfish. But my wife hates catfish.
My second idea was black-and-white cookies for “The Artist,” but I’m told something savory is preferred.
Now I’m down to making something Swedish for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
French Fries, French Bread, French Onion soup to symbolize the kind of food you’d be able to get at the refreshment stand in a Parisian train station in Hugo.
Hulihuli chicken (that’s barbecued) in tribute to the Hawaiian food they ate all the time in The Descendants (for extra authenticity, serve with two scoop steamed white rice and one scoop macaroni salad).
“Moneyball” is up for Best Picture (and Actor, and Supporting Actor, and Screenplay), so HOT DOGS! GETCHA HOT DOGS HERE! POPCORN! PEANUTS! CRACKERJACKS! I got COLD BEER! I got HOT PRETZELS! I got PROGRAMS, can’t tell the PLAYERS without a PROGRAM! HOT DOGS! GETCHA HOT DOGS HERE!
Brats are slightly fancier than hot dogs while still being stadium-friendly, but there’s also this:
The signature sandwich of Moneyball’s Oakland As, served up at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: Mamacitas Carnitas. Seasoned carnitas, queso fresco, pico de gallo, sweet pickled jalapeno, and shredded lettuce on a ciabatta roll. (Available behind sections 113 and 121!)
Tell them it was central to the plot of Tuba Atlantic, a Norwegian film about a dying man reconciling with his brother, which was nominated in the category Best Live Action Short Film. Your odds are good that nobody at the party saw it.
Or stick with “Dragon Tattoo” and go with Dragon Soup, made with chicken, shrimp, shredded carrot, bean sprouts, kale or cabbage, chicken stock, soy sauce, sriracha, more garlic, noodles. I don’t know if soup is a party food, but it’s a good fit.