Oscars 2015 + Printable Download

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If you’ve been following along with this blog for a while you know that the Oscars are BIG DEAL over at The Little Things.  A very big deal.  Our first post on this blog was about our Oscar Soirée, which you can see here.  As the month goes on we’ll share some of our favorite Oscars DIY’s with you and also a few new ones.  But this post is about getting to the heart of the matter- watching all of the nominated films.  The list was just released so… ready.set.go!  By my count you have 35 days to watch 60 films.  But some of those are shorts, so no big deal.  This year was the first year that we got savvy and started watching the golden globe noms in preparation (go figure, only took us five years to come to this brilliant idea?).  It’s been helpful, but we still have a lot to watch (eeek).

Thinking about doing to Oscar challenge, but not sure? I recommend finding a friend or a group of friends to watch the movies with and then heading over to happy hour (dare I say…best hour?) to discuss the films over drinks and snacks.  Just think about how cultured you’ll look, pouring over your lists and notes, while spewing margarita-fueled comments on Birdman’s cinematography.  #moviebuff

Don’t want to see all the movies, but still want to be in the know?  Here’s a list of the top nominated films, which is a good jumping-off point (*=Best Picture):

  • Birdman: 9 nominations*
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: 9 nominations*
  • The Imitation Game: 8 nominations*
  • American Sniper: 6 nominations*
  • Boyhood: 6 nominations*
  • Interstellar: 5 nominations
  • Foxcatcher: 5 nominations
  • The Theory of Everything: 5 nominations*
  • Whiplash: 5 nominations*
  • Mr. Turner: 4 nominations
  • Selma: 2 nominations*

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I’ve also included a downloadable print-out of every film nominated and what it’s up for.  You can download it here. (click to view, or right click and select “save link as” to save it to your computer).  I also noted each of the films that are also available on Netflix with and N next to the title and I for instant and DVD for DVD only.  It’s pretty handy and only a single page for easy movie referencing and marking off what you’ve seen!

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Get excited folks, because Oscar season is upon us and it’s the best season of them all!

xoxo,

Keya

oscar party movie themed foods

Coming up with themed food for the Oscars can be tricky.  Especially when the primary food source in many of the best picture nominees this year was cocaine and vodka (we’re looking at you Wolf of Wall Street and Gravity).  And sometimes they hardly eat at all.  But we like to stay true to our themes and, well, we reeeeally like to eat.  So it was time to get creative.  Whilst pulling our hair out trying to come up with ideas, I happened across this beyond great article on Epicurious (Seriously, check it out.  Especially if you want to make a meal and need recipes).  So with inspiration from that and some of our own (possibly over-themed) ideas, we give you our 2014 Oscar Party Themed Food List:

Oscar Bar- For those who feel like throwing a 21+ party with all the fun and well…yeah just all the fun, here are our list of necessary Oscar beverages:

-Champagne to celebrate the complete decadence of Wolf of Wall Street.

-Guinness for Philomena, the drink that ultimately brought her and her son together.

-Coors, which according to our old friend Woody, isn’t even alcohol.  Pop open a cold one and pretend you’re in Nebraska.  I think this drink also applies to our favorite cowboy Ron in Dallas Buyers Club, although he generally seemed to prefer something harder.

-Have a glass of red wine and celebrate that nobody is using it to try to drug you and wrongfully enslave you like our hero Solomon in 12 Years a Slave.

-Russian Vodka was pretty actually the only thing consumed in Gravity so it’s a must.  It’s also one of the major food groups for Cate Blanchett’s pill-popping socialite Jasmine in Blue Jasmine.

Snacks:

-Mini Wonder Bread sandwiches like the one David’s aunt serves him in Nebraska.  And should you feel really inspired, mini meatloaves made in cupcake tins.  Serve with a nice cold BOTTLE of beer.

-Mini Cheese pizzas inspired by the slice that Samantha encourages Theodore to get on their virtual date at the boardwalk in Her.

Samoosas (or samosas), which they do not exactly eat in Captain Phillips, but are a popular easy to serve South African snack that we can imagine our pirates enjoying while not hijacking ships on the high seas.  Another, less-Somalian, option would be a shrimp appetizer representative of the sea where the film takes place.

-Coconut cupcakes, with rounded tops covered in coconuts flakes and American flag toothpicks to make little moons for Gravity.

                      

(Photo cred: The Perfect Palette, Giorgia Zanellato)

Main Dishes:

-Italian for American Hustle.  Especially chicken piccata.

-Steak for Dallas Buyers Club.

-Lobster for Wolf Of Wall Street (Although, may I suggest not chucking it at your guests?  Such a waste.)

xoxo, Keya

oscar madness

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Alas Oscar season is upon us and Erica and I are overcome with joy.  This time of year has a special spot in our heart for multiple reasons.  It all started on a rainy day in freshman year when we were roommates in college, that we decided to watch every single film nominated for the Academy Awards.  Every.  Single. Film.  (Truly, it was the ultimate form of scholastic procrastination).  6 years later the tradition continues!  Our Oscar party last year was also our FIRST EVER BLOG POST.  Yep, that’s right.  And it’s still our favorite.  Haven’t seen it?  Check it out here.

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The best part of this Oscar challenge of ours, is that we watch movies that we would never see otherwise.  For example, the short films are GREAT, but how often do we sit down and watch short films?  Or documentaries for that matter (not to sound uncultured, but reeaally)?  The documentaries were actually some of my favorite nominated films this year, their reality being fascinating.  I mean, if you don’t know what The Act of Killing is about, check it out and do your best not to be morbidly shocked and dually captivated.  So once a year, the Oscars force us to take a break from our tween lit/RomCom/Mindy Project loving viewing schedules to get. serious. with. the. movies.  It’s the best.

Have you been watching the Oscar films yourselves?  We hope so!  If not, you have exactly 6 days to see as many as you can.  Go, go, go!  Below is a list of the top nominated films, which is always a good place to start.  Plus, all of the documentaries are available on Netflix Instant and the Oscar nominated shorts are available on iTunes and amazon starting Tuesday Feb. 25th so make sure to check those out as well!  They also usually have showings at your local theater.

Here is a list of the top 10 nominated films:

  1. American Hustle  10 nominations
  2. Gravity  10 nominations
  3. 12 Years a Slave  9 nominations
  4. Captain Phillips  6 nominations
  5. Dallas Buyers Club  6 nominations
  6. Nebraska  6 nominations
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street  5 nominations
  8. Her  5 nominations
  9. Philomena  4 nominations
  10. Blue Jasmine  3 nominations

Are you going to be hosting an Oscar party this year?  If so make sure to check out last years Oscar Soirée post for DIY ideas.  Also, drumroll please… all this week we’ll be posting Oscar party food and DIY ideas so get excited and keep checking back!

A full list of film nominations can be found here.

Here is a downloadable ballot to fill out before the show!

Mark your calendars: Academy Awards begin March 2, 2014 7e/4p!

xoxo, Keya

P.S. Do you have any Oscar traditions or favorite films this year?  We’d love to hear ’em!