What You Should be Eating on Oscar Night (Based on the Best Food Scenes from Nominated Movies)

02/26/2016 at 11:44 AM ET

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With the 2016 Academy Awards on Sunday, it’s time to start planning night-of festivities, by which we mean a strong snacking strategy. Seeing as there are quite a few memorable food moments from this year’s nominated films, creating a menu is super easy.

Take The Martian, which is nominated for Best Picture (with Matt Damon up for Best Actor). The film is just as much about potatoes as it is getting abandoned in space.

Here are some Oscars-inspired dishes to make for a crowd — or yourself — as you watch the awards. Don’t worry. We won’t make you eat bison liver.

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1.  Crispy roasted potatoes

Enjoy this dish from the comfort of your couch and appreciate the fact that you have not been abandoned by NASA.

2. Water

Remember that part in Mad Max when they get to drink water? Commemorate it by drinking water at your party. Hydration is so essential.

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3. Spaghetti with with basil, sausage and tomatoes

An iconic scene in Brooklyn is Saoirse Ronan‘s character learning how to twirl spaghetti so she can make a good impression on the family of her love interest, an Italian-American guy named Tony. Whether you twirl or slurp it, this super simple one-pot recipe is great for crowd.

How to make ice cream cake
Mark Weinberg and James Ransom

4. Ice cream cake

Two of the most moving moments in Room revolve around food: Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay eating birthday cake, and Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay eating ice cream. Therefore: You should make and eat ice cream cake.

5. Beef tartare

In The Revenant, DiCaprio’s character eats bison liver. Raw. And it turns out DiCaprio actually ate actual bison liver — not faux-prop liver — for the filming. Don’t worry, we won’t make you eat it, too … but may we suggest some classic beef tartare?

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Oscars Cookies
Courtesy Sara Brink

6. Sugar cookie statues

Because let’s be real: This will be more popular than the raw beef.

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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