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Others can speculate on who will provide the ceremony’s “Meryl Streep moment” and when it will arrive. At the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted proceedings, which begin at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, there are still movies and talented artists to be honored. These are our predictions in the five major categories:

BEST PICTURE

“La La Land”

The original musical set in Hollywood hits all the right marks for a winner in this day and age — it takes a halcyon look at the business, stars two of the biggest actors around and pays loving tribute to the visual splendor of Los Angeles, where most Academy voters live and work.

BEST ACTRESS

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

This is a much tougher category to predict; Stone faces stiff competition from the legendary Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), but we’re betting “La La” enthusiasm extends to this category.

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

There’s some momentum for a Denzel Washington win for “Fences” here, and Affleck has faced controversy over past sexual harassment allegations, but he seems like a likely bet.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis, “Fences”

One of the great actors around finally gets her due at the Oscars.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Ali has been a dependable character actor for years, and he works magic in “Moonlight.”

 

Who will win best actress, best picture and more?

The 2017 Academy Awards arrive on Sunday at a moment of severe upheaval in the United States and abroad, and so they will be watched more closely for what’s said at the podium than for the actual winners themselves.

Others can speculate on who will provide the ceremony’s “Meryl Streep moment” and when it will arrive. At the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted proceedings, which begin at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, there are still movies and talented artists to be honored. These are our predictions in the five major categories:

BEST PICTURE

“La La Land”

The original musical set in Hollywood hits all the right marks for a winner in this day and age — it takes a halcyon look at the business, stars two of the biggest actors around and pays loving tribute to the visual splendor of Los Angeles, where most Academy voters live and work.

BEST ACTRESS

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

This is a much tougher category to predict; Stone faces stiff competition from the legendary Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), but we’re betting “La La” enthusiasm extends to this category.

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

There’s some momentum for a Denzel Washington win for “Fences” here, and Affleck has faced controversy over past sexual harassment allegations, but he seems like a likely bet.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis, “Fences”

One of the great actors around finally gets her due at the Oscars.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Ali has been a dependable character actor for years, and he works magic in “Moonlight.”

Whether you’re a cord-cutter or simply trying to tune in while in transit, these live streams will ensure you won’t miss a thing when the ceremony airs live on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

E!

Watch E! take over the red carpet with interviews, clutch cams and more on “Live from the Red Carpet,” starting at 5 p.m. at eonline.com/now/live. You’ll need a verified service provider login to access the stream.

ABC

ABC is your one-stop shop for the only official 2017 Oscars live stream. The ceremony will be available for viewing in select markets at abc.go.com starting at 7 p.m. with a verified login, according to The Academy.

11 Oscar Party Food Ideas That Will Earn Your 2017 Bash An Award Of Its Own

If you plan on rolling out the red carpet on Feb. 26 for your friends, let these Oscar-themed foods based on the 2017 nominees help you celebrate the winners and losers of Hollywood’s biggest night right.

‘Hell Or High Water’ — High Watermelon Cocktail

watermelon st. germain cocktails

 
Ingredients
  • 1 small watermelon
  • (or good cold-pressed watermelon juice)
  • a few lemons (or limes)
  • st. germain, to taste
  • vodka, to taste
  • ice
Instructions
  1. First, de-seed your watermelon, then add the watermelon flesh into a blender. Take the rind and squeeze out as much remaining juice as you can. Blend until smooth, then strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer. (Or skip this step and start with some good cold-pressed watermelon juice).
  2. To your watermelon juice, add a few sqeezes of lemon or lime.
  3. Pour watermelon juice into glasses with ice, then stir in St. Germain and Vodka to taste. St. Germain is sweet so depending on the sweetness of your watermelon, you may want to add more or less of it. For more tartness, add more lemon. For more booziness, add more vodka.

 

‘La La Land’ — Chicken On A Stick

Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian wants to name his jazz club Chicken on a Stick, in honor of Charlier Parker, but Emma Stone’s Mia suggests he should go with the name Seb’s. While the name might not be super enticing for a jazz club, these teriyaki chicken skewers from Baked by Rachel definitely do sound enticing and are a great way to start a night that will be filled with La La Land.

Yield: Serves 3-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: varies

Total Time: 90 minutes plus

Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

Easy homemade chicken teriyaki skewers! A great alternative to take-out!

Ingredients:

Teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/2C soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4C light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Remaining ingredients:

  • 1 1/2-2lb boneless chicken breast
  • sesame seeds, optional
  • 8-inch bamboo skewers
  • Hot dry mustard, optional

Directions:

  1. Prepare teriyaki sauce; in a small saucepan combine all sauce ingredients. Whisk until combined. Cook over medium heat to dissolve sugar. Continue whisking gently until bubbles begin to form and mixture thickens. Remove from heat and transfer to a clean measuring cup or bowl to cool.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place chicken in a large ziploc bag, coat with 1/2 cup prepared teriyaki sauce. Reserve 1/4 cup sauce for later. Marinate chicken for one hour, or overnight, in the refrigerator.
  3. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Skewer chicken with presoaked bamboo sticks.
  5. Preheat grill or oven to 350 degrees. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until done. Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken strips.
  6. Brush reserved teriyaki glaze over cooked chicken. Sprinkle with optional sesame seeds. And serve with optional hot mustard (prepare as directed on the package).

*This will serve anywhere from 3 to 6 (or more) depending on if this is the main course or served with other items.
**Cook time will vary depending on thickness of chicken strips

3 ‘Arrival’ — Calamari

Fried Calamari with Quick Marinara

Serving Size: Serves 4 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients

Sauce:
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 shallot, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 (14-ounce) can San Marzano crushed tomatoes
    • 1 small carrot, grated
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Calamari:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound calamari and tentacles, cleaned and cut into 1-inch tubes
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3-4 sprigs of Italian parsley
  • 1 lemon, halved and charred

Directions

  1. To a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallot and minced garlic; cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, grated carrot and Italian seasoning. Bring the tomato sauce for to a simmer and then immediately bring the heat down to medium low. Simmer, allowing the sauce to reduce, for 5 to 7 minutes. Mix in the salt and adjust seasonings to your liking. Cover the pot, so the sauce doesn’t reduce anymore, and bring the heat down to very low.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the two eggs. In a large bowl, toss together the all-purpose flour, corn meal, Italian seasoning, salt and crushed red pepper.
  3. In a medium pot, pour in 3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 325 degrees F. Working in batches, transfer the calamari and tentacles into the bowl with the beaten eggs. Transfer the calamari, a few handfuls at a time, into the flour mixture, being sure the calamari is thoroughly coated. Using a fork (I found this to be the best tool), drop the flour-dusted calamari into the hot oil, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes, until light brown. Transfer to a bed of a paper towels to drain. Place the fried calamari into a warm (200 degree F) oven while you fry up the rest of the calamari. Repeat the dredging, frying steps until you’ve worked your way through all of the calamari. For garnish, add a few sprigs of Italian parsley to the hot oil, cooking for about 1 minute.
  4. Transfer the calamari and fried Italian parsley plate and serve with warm marinara sauce. Garnish with the charred lemon.

‘Fences’ — Chicken & Collared Greens

Although Denzel Washington’s Troy doesn’t seem overly impressed with Viola Davis’ Rose’s dinner of chicken and collared greens at the beginning of Fences, these collared green wraps from The Healthy Foodie will make for an interactive, tasty, and healthy snack for your Oscar party.

Collard Wraps & Satay Style Dipping Sauce
 Serves: Makes 4 wraps total (serves 2 people)
Ingredients
Wraps
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and cut into strips (200g each)
  • 6 large strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 ataulfo mango, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • ½ english cucumber, peel on, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 24 mint leaves
  • 4 large collard leaves, stems removed
Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 birds eye chili, finely chopped
Instructions
For the wraps
  1. Prep all the veggies and divide them equally between 4 large collard leaves.
  2. Fold the bottom edge over the filling, followed by both sides, then roll as tightly as you can (be gentle still, it is a lettuce leaf, after all!) until you get to the end of the leaf.
  3. Hold in place with toothpicks and cut in half on a bit of an angle.
For the sauce
  1. Add all the ingredients to your small blender or food processor and process until smooth and well combined.
  2. Divide between 2 little bowls and serve with the wraps.

For a pun-filled side, make this Asian slaw with peas, carrots, and cabbage from Steamy Kitchen for the Andrew Garfield-starring film directed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Since Desmond Doss saved many men in WWII during the Battle of Okinawa, this slaw further connects to the film as it’s dressed with the Japanese sauce, ponzu. Then, bring the pun full circle by serving ridge cut potato chips.

Asian Slaw with Ponzu Dressing

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time:

If you are not serving immediately, combine the dressing, but do not add the dressing until just before serving.

Ingredients:

1/4 head cabbage, shredded
1/4 lb snow peas, cut on the diagonal into matchsticks
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/4 fennel bulb, sliced as thinly as possible
1/3 cup ponzu sauce, Mitsukan brand preferred
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon dark or toasted sesame oil
salt

Directions:

1) To make the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the ponzu, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt.
2) In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, snow peas, carrots and fennel. Add half of the dressing, toss to combine and taste. Keep adding additional dressing until you get the desired flavor.

‘Hidden Figures’ — Hidden Fingers

Plus, I don’t think anyone will mind the excess of chicken once they eat these mouthwatering cheddar cornbread chicken fingers with jalapeño honey butter from Half Baked Harvest. If you want to switch it up, you can always make fish fingers (aka fish sticks) or even vegetarian-based fingers with tofu or zucchini. No matter what ingredient you use as your base, make sure to disperse them around your party space, so your guests can un

expectedly discover these hidden fingers

Cheddar Cornbread Chicken Fingers with Jalapeño Honey Butter.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 0 SERVES 4

Ingredients

Cheddar Cornbread

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Chicken Fingers

  • 2 cups cubed cornbread
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup finely crushed cheddar cheese crackers Cheez It’s or Gold Fish both work
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • pepper to taste

Jalapeño Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Jalapeño’s sliced

Instructions

Cheddar Cornbread

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 inch pyrex pan.
  2. Combine whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, salt and baking powder together and mix with a spoon. Add the honey, melted butter, buttermilk and egg, stirring until smooth. Fold in the corn and cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is golden and bread is cooked throughout. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing.

Chicken Fingers

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush it with the olive oil.
  2. Crumble the corn bread into fine crumbs over the baking sheet. Drizzle the melted butter over the crumbs. Toast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 475 degrees F.
  3. In a bowl combine the buttermilk and the chicken, toss well.
  4. Add half the toasted cornbread crumbs to a shallow bowl and stir in the cheddar cheese cracker crumbs. Remove each piece of chicken from the buttermilk, and dredge through the cornbread crumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the chicken has been used. Make sure not to crowd your pan, if necessary use two baking sheets. Lightly spray the fingers with cooking spray or a mist of olive oil.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then gently flip using kitchen tongs and spray the other side. Bake for 10-12 minutes more, then remove from oven and serve with the Jalapeño Honey Butter (recipe below).

Jalapeño Honey Butter

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the honey, butter and Jalapeño’s to a low boil, cook for 1 minute and then remove from the heat. Allow the honey to cool slightly and serve as a dipping sauce for the chicken fingers. Leftovers can be used on biscuits or your favorite sandwiches!

 

‘Moonlight’ — Chef’s Special

The nominated director of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, confirmed to Bon Appétit that Kevin’s chef’s special that he makes for Chiron at the end of the film is arroz con pollo.

Arroz con Pollo

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 1/2 lbs roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (we used grapeseed)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (mild)
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen – not canned)
  • Salt
  • 6 pieces chicken – legs and/or thighs
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

 

You will also need

  • 2 mesh colanders, blender, 5 quart nonstick pot (or larger), large bowl
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Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Servings: 6

‘Fences’ — Rosé & Gin Cocktail

Since both Davis and Denzel are nominated for their performances in Fences, this rosé, gin, and pink peppercorn cocktail courtesy of The Kitchn pays homage to both of their characters. It uses rosé for Rose’s name and gin for Troy’s alcoholic beverage of choice. The recipe is perfect for a party since it’s made to be served in a pitcher, which means you’ll have plenty to go around to celebrate when Davis most likely wins Best Supporting Actress. (Plus, Rose is truly the character who deserves a drink.)

Rosé, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Pitcher Cocktail

Serves 8 to 12

For the pink peppercorn syrup:
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons pink peppercorns

For the cocktail:
24 ounces rosé wine (I used Bridge Lane)
12 ounces gin (I used the Botanist)
24 ounces white grape juice
3 ounces cranberry liqueur (I used Leopold Bros.)
3 ounces pink peppercorn syrup
12 ounces chilled tonic, to taste (I used Fever Tree)
Ice
Cranberries, for garnish (sugar them, if you have the time)
Cranberry and rosemary ice cubes, for garnish

For the pink peppercorn syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the cane sugar, water, and pink peppercorns. Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat and then lower the heat to a slow simmer, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, steep for 20 minutes, discard solids, and let cool completely.

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the rosé, gin, white grape juice, cranberry liqueur, and pink peppercorn syrup. Stir until incorporated and chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy. You can make this portion of the cocktail a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator; just give the mixture a good stir before serving.

For the cocktail: When you’re ready to serve the cocktail, fill your pitcher or punch bowl with ice, and add the chilled cocktail mixture. Quickly top with the tonic water, taste for balance, and give the mixture a gentle stir. Prep individual cocktail glasses with cranberry and rosemary ice cubes; add the finished rosé, gin, and pink peppercorn cocktail; and garnish with cranberry skewers.

‘Lion’ — Jalebi
This Indian treat is time consuming, but it’s essential to the biopic Lion and could really bring your Oscar party to the next level. Jalebi is what triggers Dev Patel’s Saroo Brierley to remember his childhood in India and as that actually happened to the real-life Brierley as well, this dish is extremely significant — not to mention a sweet treat — so it would be worth giving this jalebi recipe from Veg Recipes of India a shot.

Homemade Jalebi Recipe

Course: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Kadai (Wok) / Heavy Bottomed Pan, Steel Mixing Bowl

Prep in10 M

Cooks in530 M

Total in540 M

Makes:4 Servings

Ingredients

    • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
    • 2 tablespoon Corn flour
    • 3/4 cup Yogurt (Curd) , Sour
    • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
    • 2 tablespoon Ghee
    • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) , for colour
    • 2 tablespoons Cooking oil , plus more oil for deep frying

Ingredients for the sugar syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Saffron strands

Directions for Homemade Jalebi Recipe

  1. To begin making the Jalebi Recipe, we will first begin the preparation by mixing the maida, corn flour, baking soda, ghee and turmeric powder in a medium bowl.  Combine all the dry ingredients well, until well combined.
  2. Add yogurt to the dry ingredients and blend them all together to make a thick batter by adding very little water. The consistency of the batter should be thick and not watery, similar to the butter cream batter. You should be able to make a shape when piped in a piping bag.
  3. When done, cover the jalebi batter and place it in a warm place for 24 hours or overnight, till it is fermented (the batter will rise on fermentation). Once the batter is fermented stir the batter in a cut and fold motion to combine it once again.
  4. Dont over stir you want the air pockets in the batter to remain. This will help in the jalebi being crisp and also in turn help it absorb the sugar syrup.
  5. To make the sugar syrup, boil the sugar with water and saffron powder in a small bowl on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. When the sugar becomes thick and stringy of one string consistency.Turn off the heat and keep aside.
  6. Now to make the jalebis, preheat the oil for deep frying. Once the oil is hot enough, you will know this, when you add a drop of batter in and it will come rising to the top almost immediately.
  7. Once you have filled the piping bag, pipe spirals of the batter onto the medium hot oil, until you get atleast 3 concentric circles. Fry the jalebi on medium heat until golden brown in colour and crisp. Once the jalebi is crisp and browned, drain the exess oil out and immediately dip the jalebi’s into the hot sugar syrup.
  8. Piping the jalebis into the medium hot oil takes a little experience, the more you pipe the more practice you will get and the better you get at it.
  9. The Jalebis should rest in the sugar syrup for at least a minute, after which they can be drained out of the excess syrup and then served.
  10. Enjoy these crisp, sweet Homemade Jalebis as a wonderful dessert or a sweet option for your guests.
  11. Serve the Homemade Jalebi Recipe as a Party Dessert for any festival occasion.
  12. Note:
  13. Ensure the batter is thick and firm, or else they won’t retain the shape of the jalebis. The oil for frying should be medium hot. If it is too hot, the jalebis will end up burnt.
  14. Also make sure you keep the heat on low when you pipe the jalebis into the oil, this will ensure you can see the circles you are piping and also the jalebis will rise up slowly.’Manchester By The Sea’ — Sea Salt Cookies

While you could do a New England seafood recipe for Manchester by the Sea, I think something sweet is in order to make up for the depressing nature of the film. This recipe for sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies from Cookies & Cups is the perfect blend of sweet and salty that might help Casey Affleck’s potential win go down a bit easier.

Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies
Author: Cookies & Cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pretzels
  • optional – flaked sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then bring it to a boil. Once the butter starts boiling, swirl the pan constantly until the butter passes the foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the butter to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. While the butter is cooling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. Add the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla into the cooled butter in the saucepan and stir to combine. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir using a a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
  5. Stir in the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pretzels.
  6. Using a medium (2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. If desired sprinkle with a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt on top of the cookies while cooling.
Notes
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

11 ‘La La Land’ — “City of Stars” Bread

The Oscars will probably finish with La La Land winning the big prize, so end with a dessert that’s inspired by the musical’s nominated original song, “City of Stars.” This cinnamon star bread from Pastry Affair and King Arthur Flour doesn’t sound super easy to make, but it’s great for sharing and will help you end your party on a sweet note.

Cinnamon Star Bread is a pull-apart style bread that gives a twist to the classic cinnamon roll. The bread is layered with cinnamon sugar and twisted into a star shape. As the loaf bakes, the cinnamon sugar caramelizes the outside edges while the interior stays soft and tender. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm. Your friends and family will adore this sweet addition to your holiday table.

Cinnamon Star Bread
Recipe from King Arthur Flour

Yields 1 star loaf, or 8-12 servings

Dough
3/4 cup + 2 to 4 tablespoons (198-227 mL) lukewarm water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough
2 cups (241 grams) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons or 57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor, optional; for enhanced flavor
2 teaspoons instant yeast, SAF Gold instant yeast preferred
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (35 grams) Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup (46 grams) potato flour or instant mashed potato flakes

Filling
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup (64 grams) cinnamon-sugar, or your own mix of cinnamon sugar*

To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 60 minutes, until it’s nearly doubled in bulk.

Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover the balls, and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.

On a lightly greased or floured work surface, roll one piece of dough into a 10″ circle. Place the circle on a piece of parchment, brush a thin coat of beaten egg on the surface, then evenly sprinkle with 1/3 of the cinnamon-sugar, leaving 1/4″ of bare dough around the perimeter.

Roll out a second circle the same size as the first, and place it on top of the filling-covered circle. Repeat the layering process — egg, cinnamon sugar, dough circle — leaving the top circle bare.

Place a 2 1/2″ to 3″ round cutter in the center of the dough circle as a guide. With a bench knife or sharp knife, cut the circle into 16 equal strips, from the cutter to the edge, through all the layers.

Using two hands, pick up two adjacent strips and twist them away from each other twice so that the top side is facing up again. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that you end up with eight pairs of strips. Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with eight points. Remove the cutter.

Transfer the star on the parchment to a baking sheet. Cover the star and let it rise until it becomes noticeably puffy, about 45 minutes.

While the star is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F (or 205°C).

Brush the star with a thin coat of the beaten egg. Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes, until it’s nicely golden with dark brown cinnamon streaks; the center should register 200°F (or 93°C) on a digital thermometer.

Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

* Stir together 1/3 cup granulated sugar with 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon for a homemade cinnamon sugar blend.

Oscar Nominations 2017: View the Complete List of Nominees

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

1. Invite Lots of Friends: Life gets busy. That’s why a big event like Oscar Sunday is the perfect opportunity to see all those friends whose posts you’ve “liked” from afar live and in person. Mixing in different social groups is a cool way to introduce strangers to each other. They already have something in common: You! Check out The Oscars Online Invitations Collection to announce you party in style. It’s all free!

2. Take the Oscars Challenge: Yes, this is a shameless, unapologetic push for you to play our Official Oscars Challenge, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a totally fun idea. You’ve likely already done something like this at past parties, so this year make it official!

3. Dress to Impress: There’s no need to go to Red Carpet extremes, but it might be fun to get all gussied up like the stars for just one night. You can even roll out your own red carpet on the front porch (weather permitting). Better yet, dress up like one of your all-time favorite movie characters. Just make sure everyone doesn’t come as Minions.

4. Have a Feast of Food: Don’t go breaking the bank on this one. Do a potluck thing. Your friends will jump at the chance to impress others with their keen cuisines. Make it worth their while by offering awards for Best Appetizer, Best Libation, Best Entrée and Best Dessert! Here’s a few star worthy recipes from ABC’s The Chew you got to try: Oscar Party Popcorn, Oscar Cupcake Centerpieces, and Star Chips and Guacamole.

Oscar Party Popcorn

Clinton Kelly
Servings: 12
easy
1 to 2 hr

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Ingredients
Oscar Party Popcorn
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  • Line two baking sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper sprayed with baking spray.
  • Place the popcorn in an extra-large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot. Add the sugar, corn syrup and salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Oscar® Cupcake Centerpieces

Carla Hall
Servings: 24easy30 to 60 min

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Ingredients
Oscar® Cupcake Centerpieces
  • 1 Lb small white marshmallows
  • 1 bottle of yellow food dye
  • 2 8 oz tubs of whipped cream cheese
  • 1 cup super fine baking sugar
  • 1 box of yellow or lemon cake mix
  • 1 stick of whipped butter
Directions
  • Follow instructions on the cake mix box to create 2 dozen cupcakes. Allow them to cool completely before decorating.
  • To mix the frosting, put the cream cheese, butter and sugar into a large bowl. Fold ingredients together well using a spatula.
  • Add enough yellow food coloring to the frosting to create an overall light yellow color. Frost each cupcake liberally with the yellow cream cheese frosting.
  • Add the mini marshmallows on top of each cupcake. Arrange the marshmallows randomly in mounds so they look like popcorn pieces.
  • Place a filler in the popcorn bucket to take up some of the internal volume (this could be a styrofoam florist square, a dishtowel, or anything else you have handy). Place a plate that fits within the popcorn bucket on top of the filler, and begin stacking your cupcakes. Don’t stack them more than two deep or the bottom ones will get crushed. Arrange them so they are popping out of the top of the popcorn bucket.
  • Arrange three popcorn buckets with the popcorn cupcakes in the middle of a large silver platter. Leave a few cupcakes out on the platter to mimic popcorn that has overflowed out of the buckets.

5. Award Your Own Oscar Statuettes: You can get little plastic ones by the bagful at your local party store. Hand them out as parting gifts as your guests start filing out after the Best Picture is announced. We guarantee they’ll place it on the mantle at their own home for a little while at least. Your party will still be on their minds long after it’s over.

Star Chips and Guacamole

Servings: 12   easy 15 to 30 min

Ingredients
Star Chips and Guacamole
  • 1 package yellow corn tortillas
  • canola oil or cooking spray
  • 1 recipe Carla’s Guacamole
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut stars out of the tortillas and arrange them in an even layer on baking sheets. Brush the tortilla stars with oil. Bake until golden and crisp, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Serve with guacamole.

60 Second Guacamole

Servings: 3easy1 to 30 min

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Ingredients
60 Second Guacamole
  • 3 ripe avocados (diced)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 3 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Directions
  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl.
  • Mash ingredients together with a fork or potato masher to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

5. Award Your Own Oscar Statuettes: You can get little plastic ones by the bagful at your local party store. Hand them out as parting gifts as your guests start filing out after the Best Picture is announced. We guarantee they’ll place it on the mantle at their own home for a little while at least. Your party will still be on their minds long after it’s over.

6. Decorate the Place: Cover your walls with the official movie poster for every Best Picture Winner since 1928. Okay, that’s a little too much. Streamers and balloons will work, too. Again, consider doing the Red Carpet thing on the porch. Your guests will be impressed before they even walk through the front door.

7. Watch the Oscars Live: It’s the reason you’re all there, right? Enjoy the show, but more importantly, enjoy the company, food and fun!

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