Your Script for Watching the 2016 Academy Awards

Whether food, drink or big ol' box of wine, we're here to point you in the right direction when it comes to this Sunday's Oscar celebrations.

This Sunday marks the 88th annual Academy Awards, and the first time a Mad Max movie (the fourth in the series) has ever been up for best picture, making this a very important Oscar ceremony indeed. So whether you’re tuning in to see if Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins his trophy or just to watch Chris Rock be Chris Rock, we’ve created the perfect guide for your Sunday Oscars evening.

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    What Pairs With Twizzlers?

    The cornerstone of any movie-going experience will always be the snacks. What better way to watch motion pictures’ top award show than with a spread of theater appropriate candy? But you’re in the comfort of your own home, and you have the option to pair your Skittles with something more interesting than 64 ounces of Diet Coke. Try our wine and movie food pairing guide to make sure you pick the right bottle to go with your sweets. After all, at least something should have some real fruit flavor.

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    I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

    Speaking of snacks, a movie just isn’t a movie without popcorn. Put away the over-salted “liquid-butter product” and give this quick and easy hurricane popcorn recipe a go. Substituting the traditional seaweed furikake with nutty Dragon Well tea version, this popular Hawaiian snack will both feed your Oscar party and help make up for how bad Cameron Crowe’s Aloha was.

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    Straight Outta Comté

    Whether you’re looking for something a little classier to serve guests at your Oscar party than Twizzlers or just recognize what a problem sugar is, cheese is always a surefire hit. Wine Enthustiast’s Carrie Dykes and founder of the Cheesemonger Invitational, Adam Moskowitz, have compiled this dead-simple wine and cheese pairing guide to help ease you through those pre-party moments of wine-shop indecision.

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    Independent Cinema & Chill

    When you’re done watching the awards show (and all the movies in the lineup), we’ve got you covered with these picks for The 10 Greatest Wine Movies Of All Time. Because sometimes nothing beats defiantly drinking a bottle of Merlot while watching Sideways.

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    Hollywood & Alcohol

    It’s no surprise that the extracurricular activities of many Hollywood-types involve alcohol. For director Steven Soderbergh, that means promoting his own brand of spirit. WE‘s Spirits Editor Kara Newman caught up the renowned director for a chat about his Singani 63 label and what lead him to discover and get in the business of this somewhat esoteric South American liquor.

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    What's In The Box?

    Because sometimes you want to offer guests alternatively packaged wine, we’ve rounded up 26 of the best boxed wines of varying styles. They’re great. No, seriously.

Published on February 26, 2016
Topics: Wine Pairings, Wine Recommendations, Wine Trends
About the Author
Dylan Garret
Associate Digital Editor

A veteran of New York City’s bar and restaurant scene, Garret has lived, breathed and sweated spirits for more than a decade, working as a bartender and beverage director at establishments ranging from Michelin-starred eateries to local Brooklyn pubs. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2015, he has very strong opinions on proper cocktail garnish.
Email: dgarret@wineenthusiast.net
Instagram: @dillinisillin


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