2010 Oscar Best Picture Menus

February 6, 2010 at 8:29 am (Movies and TV)

As those who follow Heidi’s Oscar Hyjinks have come to expect, I usually make up menus to celebrate each Best Picture Nominee. This year, my Best Picture menu construction was a hell of a lot more challenging because that tricky Academy decided to expand the field to 10 nominees. I used to only have to come up with 5 menus. This year, then, I am technically supposed to come up with 10. However, I started this at 1:30, it’s 3am now, and I don’t think enough of Sandra Bullock’s acting skills to actually take the trouble to provide a menu for The Blind Side. In fact, let’s just call it a “Blind” menu. Yeah. It’s invisible. That’s the ticket! (I may add it later, like after I’ve actually seen the movie. If you want to just substitute a football-shaped cake and some Gatorade, that works for me.) Anyway, I hope you have fun mixing and matching these Best Picture inspired menus for your Oscar Night festivities!


This animated epic takes place partly in South America, which is the main character’s destination throughout the film. So for a menu celebrating UP, I decided to put together some recipes from South America.

APPETIZER: Ecuadorian Ceviche

APPETIZER: Banana Black Bean Empanadas

MAIN: Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

SIDE: Salvadorian “Quesadilla Cake”

SIDE: Colombian Arepas (Cornmeal Cakes)

COCKTAIL: Vaina: A Chilean Cocktail

DESSERT: Chilean “Cake of Leaves”: Torta De Hojas


This picture cannot help but inspire a combination of German and Jewish cuisine. I *could* recycle the menu from The Reader from last year, since this year they frickin’ DOUBLED my workload on Best Picture menus. But that isn’t doing it RIGHT.

APPETIZER: Lox and Cream Cheese Spread (Jewish)

APPETIZER: Cheese Puffs (Jewish)

MAIN: Old World Pot Roast (Jewish)

SIDE: Onion, Cheese, and Bacon Tart (German)

SIDE: German Apple Pancakes (German)

COCKTAIL: German Bight (German)

DESSERT: Walnut-Chocolate Torte (Hungarian/Jewish)


I do not by any means intend this to be a cop-out. Really. My advice to those wanting to do a meal celebrating this movie is to go to a Military Surplus store and buy some MRE’s (Meal, Ready-to-Eat). I will at least provide a link to those unfamiliar with the world of MRE’s, so you can see what’s out there.


How else can one celebrate this film other than with traditional British fare? I left out anything containing the words “kidney” or “liver.” It’s just better that I do.

APPETIZER: Cock a Leekie Soup (not as dirty as it sounds)

APPETIZER: Angels on Horseback

MAIN: Steak Balmoral

SIDE: Hot Cross Buns

SIDE: Country Mushrooms

COCKTAIL: Buck’s Fizz (also not as dirty as it sounds)

DESSERT: Treacle Tart


To celebrate UP IN THE AIR, I found a few whimsical dishes inspired by airplanes. Because most airlines no longer serve full meals on their planes, I’d suggest a bunch of appetizers including the ones below, rather than a main course…plus possibly honey-roasted peanuts, then some Champagne and Godiva Chocolates for your “First Class Guests.”

APPETIZER: Chicken Salad Airplanes

APPETIZER: Artie the Airplane (this one ROCKS!)


APPETIZER: Turkey Finger Sandwiches

COCKTAIL: The Jefferson Airplane

DESSERT:  Airplane Cake


The most famous thing about AVATAR was the Blue People. So here, despite what George Carlin always claimed, are some BLUE FOODS. The appetizers here should be colorful tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, kiwis…to help celebrate the colorful world of Pandora created by James Cameron and company.

MAIN: Stuffed Blue Crabs

SIDE: Blue Corn Bread

SIDE: Blue Cheese Shrimp and Rice

COCKTAIL: Blue Hawaii

DESSERT: Blueberry Pie


This is a really tough movie to represent through food. The only thing I could definitely think of to include is a cocktail containing Orange Soda, which is what Mariah Carey’s character buys for Precious at one point during the film (not the cocktail, silly, the Orange Soda!). As PRECIOUS takes place in New York City, perhaps some New York Style cuisine would be appropriate. I included a Pigs-in-the-Blanket appetizer as a tip of the cap to the New York hot dog vendors, a side dish from the New York Times, and, you can’t go wrong with Paula Deen’s own recipe for New York Strip Steak!

APPETIZER: New York City Egg Salad

APPETIZER: Pigs in a Blanket

MAIN: Paula Deen’s New York Strip Steak

SIDE: Horn and Hardart’s Macaroni and Cheese

SIDE: Seared Red Cabbage Wedges

COCKTAIL: Blackberry Sunrise

DESSERT: New York Cheesecake


I can’t help but fill this menu with prawns. And when I searched for traditional South African recipes, some of those actually were based on prawns (and in fact, if you really wanted to, you could make this menu count for INVICTUS as well if you’re doing a general “nominated movies” thing). I decided to spare you the Monkey Gland Pie and the Cat Food.

APPETIZER: Melon Salad

APPETIZER: Curried Prawn Soup

MAIN: Frikkadels

SIDE: Bobotie

SIDE: Prawn Risotto


DESSERT: Koelsusters


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