A bowl of popcorn is great for an Oscars party, but if you’re looking for something a bit more impressive, these food ideas might be perfect. You can make the snack for your Best Picture pick or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can honor each nominee. Even if your culinary skills are lacking, there is definitely something that you can make before the Feb. 28 ceremony.
“The Martian” Rocket Kabobs – Fruit on a stick is pretty much the easiest recipe to follow. All that really matters is that a strawberry is on the end of the stick to make it look like the top of a rocket ship. After that, you can add whatever you'd like: banana, berries, grapes, almost anything works. If you’re looking to make it a little fancier, check out Eats Amazing’s recipe.
“Bridge of Spies” Secret Sliders – Follow your favorite burger sliders recipe (like this one from Food Network, which even has a Russian sauce). Use “Top Secret” cupcake toppers to make them feel more spy-themed. These can be bought at a local party store, or you can print images at home and tape them to toothpicks.
“Room” Cake “Pups” – One of the few scenes that didn’t leave anyone in tears was when Jack (Jacob Tremblay) got a new puppy. These puppy-themed cake pops will leave your party guests with just as much excitement. Check out Bakerella’s recipe.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Krispy Bombs – The action film isn't a frontrunner for Best Picture, but it's likely to take home the Best Visual Effects statue for the explosions. But let's leave the fire to the experts and keep these bombs full of marshmallows and cereal. Follow the first three steps HERE to make Rice Krispies balls. While they’re still warm, insert a two-inch piece of red licorice at the top to look like the fuse.
“Spotlight” Fries – Greasy food is essential for journalists doing research. Wrap your French fries (homemade or frozen, no judgment) in newspaper cones. Letting newspaper ink seep into your food isn't a great idea, but there are alternatives. Several online retailers offer wax paper meant for food that looks like newspaper, or you can put a wax paper cone under a real newspaper. Bonus points if you use the actual Boston Globe.
“Big Short” Brownies – Follow your favorite brownie recipe (like this one from Bon Appetit) and cover them with green icing. Cut them into rectangles to represent all the money the characters in “The Big Short” dealt with.
“Brooklyn” Soda Bread – A classic Irish food is fitting for this story about an Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan). Though you can follow several different variations, Epicurious’ recipe is an easy-to-follow method for traditional white soda bread.
“The Revenant” Mini Bear Claws – If Leo DiCaprio can take on that bear, you can handle this recipe. The Weiser Kitchen shows you how to make mini Nutella-filled bear claws.
The Academy Awards red carpet begins Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on ABC. The actual award show starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.