02/23/2012 03:43 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Recipes Inspired By The 2012 Oscar-Nominated Films

Some people have Halloween. Others celebrate Valentines Day with a bang. For us, it's all about Oscars. For the past seven years we have hosted an Oscars party.

We know the politics of the awards are fraught. We know all the cynical retorts. But there is something undeniably escapist about it as a spectacle. And we also, just really like movies.

The awards are pinnacle of a month long festival. Before it there's a whirlwind few weeks where we try and see as many of the nominated films as possible. Then we brainstorm dishes to match the films nominated for Best Picture.