It’s Oscar night, PopWatchers! Time to celebrate in style with with a host of cocktails inspired by the movies the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has anointed from the past year. Sip these cultural concoctions at your own pace (the ceremony will be more than three hours long, after all) or spice things up by playing our original drinking game. The Best Picture race may be tight, but EW’s bar is wide open. Cheers to Hollywood!
In appreciation of American Hustle, keep your Rosalyn cocktail topped off at all times tonight. This riff on the Swiss Summer adds a touch of rosewater to pay homage to the European nail varnish Irving Rosenfeld bought for his manipulative wife. Feel free to use overripe fruit for that slightly rotten smell Rosalyn found so fascinating. Snacks from an exploding “science oven” are optional.
Fans of The Wolf of Wall Street will appreciate a more-is-more approach. If you have a Jordan Belfort-sized bank account, you probably have access to a narcotic cocktail* courtesy of the recipe straight from the script, but anyone who doesn’t happen to own a helicopter might want to keep it simple and pour everything from your liquor and medicine cabinets into a pitcher and stir. Serve in a glass rimmed with crushed quaaludes (Lemmon 714s, if you can find them – just be aware of that 90-minute delay).
Like Dallas Buyers Club’s Ron Woodroof, pound a beer with handfuls of super-vitamins (bonus points if they’re from Japan!). Just don’t tell Nebraska’s Woody Grant that you’re getting hopped up because “beer ain’t drinkin’ ” in his book. Instead, toast the presumed lottery winner with a Kool-Aid Kocktail made with the Cornhusker State’s official soft drink.
The Orbit My Moon seems an appropriate tipple for both Gravity and Her, though too many of these could make you hallucinate entire conversations with George Clooney or develop unnatural attachments to your smart devices.
We recommend mixing up Jasmine’s beloved vodka martini with a touch of Blue Curaçao to create a Blue Jasmine. Drink in the shower if necessary. A Before Midnight is best quaffed in Greece, though anyone can take an inward journey to the Peloponnese peninsula via a stiff shot of ouzo. Closer to home, get real with some August: Osage County Truth-Telling Serum. Add a little Crème de Violette and pop a few prescription pills to really channel Meryl Streep’s larger-than-life Oklahoma matriarch.
There’s plenty of spirit-ual fodder in the below-the-line categories as well, from a a tequila-based Lone Ranger to a spicy Dragon for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’s titular beast . Fans of Jackass Present Bad Grandpa will apparently score movie gold by adding a little Molly to their drink of choice (or so Johnny Knoxville claims). And Coen brothers connoisseurs can drink away the pain of Inside Llewyn Davis’s major-category snubs with a Ulysses (that darn cat!).
The Mouse House has plenty to celebrate this year with nods for the animated short Get a Horse!, the making-of-Mary-Poppins flick Saving Mr. Banks, and musical megahit Frozen. “Let It Go” and imagine you’re in Disney Land’s famed Club 33 as you savor a Mickey Mouse.
Friends of Disney are also being fêted tonight at the Dolby. Honorary Oscar recipient Steve Martin’s first job was at the Main Street Magic Shop, so it’s only right we raise a Wizard to him. Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in 1992 Best Picture nominee Beauty and the Beast, would surely appreciate an Earl Grey-infused Buckingham Tea Party. Looking forward, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award honoree Angelina Jolie won’t have her Maleficent until May 30, but we can have ours tonight.
Frozen has some competition in the form of Despicable Me 2’s Pharrell-produced chart topper ”Happy,” and you can find your own joy with a Purple Monster based on the alterna-Minions from 2013’s second-highest-grossing animated film.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and Oscar is paying tribute to the iconic musical. There’s no place like home to break our your sparkliest red heels and enjoying a Yellow Brick Road.
As to the size of your celebration, we defer to Jordan Baker in the champagne-soaked Great Gatsby: “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
*It should go without saying that EW does not condone the irresponsible consumption of alcohol or prescription drugs, nor use of illegal narcotics. But it doesn’t have to because we just said it.