There’s more to wine in movies than just Sideways. Sure, it arguably played as big a role as Paul Giamatti, but wine’s landed lead roles in major flicks dating back to the 1940s.
In honor of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday (8:30 pm EST, ABC), here’s a list of Oscar winners and nominees where wine plays an important role to advance the plot or set the mood.
Love it or hate it, 2013’s Baz Luhrman-helmed The Great Gatsby won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume and Production Design. Catherine Martin, the film’s production designer, wanted 1920s history to play a big role, and what better way to do that than to tap historical Champagne house Moët & Chandon? They recreated bottles and labels of the famed 1921 Brut Imperial, a task made easier because Moët maintains an archive of its so-called Grand Vintages.
Yes, we’re including a kids’ movie on this list. Winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Ratatouille (2007) follows chef Alfredo Linguini and rat Remy as they cook in a high-end Parisian kitchen. The two quickly make a name for themselves, but their mouthwatering dishes also share screen time with some of the most legendary bottles of wine, specifically Château Cheval Blanc 1947 and Château Latour 1961.
Alfred Hitchcock’s espionage thriller Notorious (1946) may have starred Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, but it was Claude Rains who snagged the nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In the film, government agent T.R. Devlin (Grant) recruits Alicia Huberman (Bergman) to spy on Nazis, and she eventually marries Alex Sebastian (Rains). While Champagne makes cameo appearances throughout, it’s the pivotal scene in Sebastian’s extensive wine cellar that gets the most praise—when the two lovelorn spies finally kiss, they also discover wine bottles filled with uranium ore.