Top 10 Best Picture winning films paired with golden food
How many times have you popped on a movie only to be left shaking your head in disappointment as the closing credits roll? You can never get those hours back! Generally speaking, an easy way to pick a ‘winner’ ever time is to literally pick a winner! I’ve found that most movies that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture have been incredible – they truly stand out from the crowd and I almost never suffer a post-movie slump after watching them. (Find my Quick Movie Ratings here to pick awesome films for your next movie night).
Here are my top 10 Best Picture winning movies with matching golden food:
The Oscars are the best of the best and what screams “AWESOME” more than gold, pure gold? Nothing I tells ya! So let’s go all out and make beautiful golden snacks to eat with our Best Picture winners starting with Sweet Potato Latkes with Brie and Baby Arugula from Joy of Kosher.
1. Schindler’s List
This amazing true story revolves around the unlikely friendship between German businessman, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) and a group of Jewish people destined for the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Although this is a heart-wrenching film, it is told so beautifully, it will leave you feeling inspired and amazed and not in a sobbing mess on the floor. Here’s my review of Schindler’s List paired with a tribute meal.
2. Dances with Wolves
First Lieutenant John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) finds in charge of a lonely western post where he befriends a timid wolf and a native Sioux tribe who eventually embrace him as one of their own. This epic tale is long but it is intriguing, full of action and romance – which will make everyone happy! Check out my detailed review of Dances with Wolves paired with native American recipes.
Another goldie goodie to eat with these amazing movies is (drum roll please) Wasabi Cheese Crackers from Raspberri Cupcakes. Spicy yum!
3. Out of Africa
“I once had a farm in A-r-fricah!” And so it begins – a tale about an incredibly courageous woman, Karen Dinesen (Meryl Streep) who moves to Africa but soon finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Handsome Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford) swings in and the fun really begins. Any movie set in Africa has got to be a keeper. And throw in Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and you simply can’t go wrong. Read my review of Out of Africa paired with food from a Kenyan kitchen.
This multi-character, fast-paced, twist-filled film is guaranteed to get your heart pumping with its unpredictability and range of intriguing characters. They all live in Los Angeles in a variety of different communities, with different lives but the same underlying fears and frailties. This magnificent film will keep you guessing until the end and keep you on the edge of your seat as lives intersect and real motives are revealed. Check out my review of Crash film paired with a cruisy Californian meal.
Check out these golden goodies. Any idea what’s inside? They are Fried Stuffed Mushrooms (with out of this world spices) from La Petite Brioche. Oh my! Gotta give these a try.
5. The Godfather
What a classic. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall play the various members of a very powerful Mafia family living in New York City in the 1940s. There are betrayals, revenge and loads of cool dudes in expensive suits making all sorts of back-room deals. Once again, this film is based on real people which makes it an incredibly powerful and fascinating story to watch. Read my review of The Godfather movie matched with a Don-worthy dinner.
6. All Quiet on the Western Front
This is an oldie but a goodie, dare I say a greatie. And although it’s a war movie, it’s not just for the boys either. The entire movie is told from the perspective of German soldiers in World War I, which makes for a pretty interesting story. The boys are sent to the front where they start to question the validity of their nation’s position in the war. Check out my comprehensive review of All Quiet on the Western Front film matched with more German food.
Dig into the golden of golden mains (to fill you up proper-like) – Classic Fish and Chips from Live Better. Do you like fat or skinny chips?
Combine one grieving man (Lawrence Olivier), one innocent young lady (Joan Fontaine) and one psychotic housekeeper (Judith Anderson) and you’ve got one scary and tense movie. Creepy old Hitchcock is the undisputed king of clever, suspense-filled thrillers and this one doesn’t disappoint. Read my review of Rebecca movie matched with food fit for Manderley here…
8. Lawrence of Arabia
War, romance, courage, cool outfits – this film has it all. This is another film based on a real person (I sense a pattern here), T. E Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) a pacifist who goes a little bit nuts as he tries to gain independence for his new Arab friends. This is a brilliant film with amazing actors and incredible scenery – it’s epic, that’s all I can say…epic! Read my review of Lawrence of Arabia film matched with Bedouin food.
Now for something a bit different, something super-sweet and delicious… Boiled Golden Syrup Puffs from Stay At Home Mum blog. Give them a go!
9. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Mac finds himself serving out a prison sentence in a mental hospital where he starts to run amok, messing with the evil Nurse Ratched’s control of the place. His rebelliousness brings a spot of joy to the lives of his fellow inmates for a while, but then all hell breaks loose. This is an amazing movie although it’s not the easiest thing to watch but it is moving, frightening and ultimately breathtaking in its rawness. Check out my review of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest movie paired with crazy food.
10. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
This is the third movie in the Lord of the Rings series and it’s the best because everything is ultimately resolved. The band of merry characters are on quests to save their world from the evil Sauron whose power is pretty much stored in one ring which has fallen into the hands of some humble hobbits who must destroy it to bring peace to the land. This is one exciting story with loveable characters, amazing action sequences and the ultimate story of good vs evil. Who will win? Eeek. Check out my review of Return of the King film paired with a Middle-Earth menu here…
This last recipe personifies the Oscars; it’s full of tizz, sparkle and yummy deliciousness… Golden Sparkly Pear Macarons from Best Friends For Frosting.
How many have you seen?
Excerpts of this article I originally wrote for Kidspot.com.au
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