To taste obviously we love the food. And we also love movies. Which means we particularly love movies about food, or at the very least, movies with mouth-watering food scenes. And if they are at the Oscars, winners of the prestigious statuettes of the Academy or even simply candidates to receive it, so much the better. Why of Julia & Julia in Ratatouille are films that offer a wonderful escape, allowing you to consume all types of food without leaving the couch. It’s not cheap.
Here are the 8 Oscar-winning movies that hold a special place in our hearts and stomachs.
1. Who hasn’t had their mouths watering while watching Julia & Julia, the 2009 film starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, directed by Nora Ephron? In 2010, he obtained the nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Streep, who later said that he gained 10 kg during filming because the director wanted all the food on stage to be really prepared and eaten. Amidst beautiful photography, it’s a film that puts extreme emphasis on the role of food in our lives, as well as how food acts as a catalyst in Julie’s life, in addition to be the common thread of the whole story that begins when Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who decides to cook the 542 recipes of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) contained in the famous cookbook Mastering the art of French cuisine in 365 days, and to tell the experience in a blog.
2. You say movies, food, and Oscars, and your thoughts immediately turn to Babette’s lunch. 1987 film, based on the story of the same name by Karen Blixen, directed by Gabriel Axel with Stéphane Audran in the role of Babette Hersant, winner in 1988 of the Oscar for best foreign film. In the story, Babette is a French refugee whose artistic sensuality contrasts with the sad religious ethos of her new home in Jutland, Denmark, where she works as a housekeeper and cooks for fourteen years for two unmarried elderly sisters belonging to a strict Christian sect. During the film, it is revealed that Babette was a well-known cook in Paris and had fought in the Paris Commune in 1871 against her own customers, a “crime” that forced her to flee to the austere village. When luck smiles on her with a lottery win, she prepares a banquet for everyone that becomes the metaphor of the story.
3. A few years later, for the 1992 edition, the Academy recorded two Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actress and Best Non-Original Screenplay) for the comedy Fried Green Tomatoes at the Train Stop, based on the novel of the same name by Fannie Flagg, directed by Jon Avnet, starring Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary – Louise Parker. A film in which the concept of comfort food takes on a whole new meaning, as the tale examines the friendship and struggles of four women who live in very different times. The culinary heart of the film is the Whistle Stop Café, which offers delicious southern American dishes such as fried green tomatoes and famous barbecues on the menu. Just as weary customers are comforted by their dishes, two of the protagonists find solace and friendship in the preparation, serving and eating of the food, which also plays an important role in the friendship of the two who meet each week to share snacks and stories. . As their friendship progresses, the quality of the food they share also improves. And all of history confirms that food helps build strong bonds between those who create it and those who enjoy it.
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4. Ratatouille, the 2007 Pixar animated film written and directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinka, released from the 2008 Oscars with the statuette at best animated film, is one of the best culinary films in the history of cinema. A film that makes you want to run into the kitchen and get to work, aspiring to do better and better. The adventure of the mouse named Rémy who dreams of becoming a chef, and which ends in the kitchen of the famous French chef Auguste Gusteau, whose motto was Anyone can cook, the title of his book which inspired the mouse, offers simple yet profound lessons in food and cooking, inspiring even the youngest viewers to contemplate what’s on their plate. Ratatouille sees food and cooking as art and sees art as a process that above all requires courage. A lesson also for the public.
5. Chocolat, the film by Lasse Hallstrom starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, 5 Oscar nominations 2001 is a chocolate lover’s paradise. Seeing him without running then snacking on pralines or pieces of milk or dark chocolate bars is impossible. In the story, a single mother and her daughter move to a small bigoted French village, where the importance of avoiding overindulgence in all things, including the enjoyment of food, is often preached at church services. In the middle of the Lenten fasting period, the two open a chocolate factory full of gluttony which disturbs the locals who see it as a place of sin magic always in perfect balance between seriousness and sweetness.
6. And speaking of chocolate, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, nominated for an Oscar for Best Music in 1972, is a deliciously moment-filled movie. Gourmet, obviously with a chocolate flavor. Close-up shots of various factory-made chocolate candies, liquid chocolate mixed together, cocoa beans ground into powder before becoming liquid chocolate, chocolate coated wafers, loose chocolate candies on conveyor belts, huge waterfall of chocolate flowing in a river of chocolate, which crosses the factory… nothing is missing to trigger the spring of “give me a bar, now”.
7. Eat Drink Man Woman, shot in Taiwan, directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu and Kuei-mei Yang, was very well received by critics upon its theatrical release. Oscar nominee for best foreign film in 1994. The story is about a semi-retired celebrity chef and widower who prepares a banquet every Sunday for his three daughters, who are on the verge of breaking up due to their personal differences. Traditional Chinese cuisine, of which he is the undisputed master, is the perfect setting for the characters and the metaphor for an endangered way of life, threatened even by fast food.
8. There’s no shortage of films that put wine at the center of the list: like the beloved Sideways – Traveling with Jack, Oscar – among others – for best non-original screenplay in 2005, which revolves around the protagonist Miles’ (Paul Giamatti) passion for Californian reds, mainly pinot noir. A road movie that moves through the magical vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley, explored by two friends, who after the of the film have seen tourist flows increase. A film which marked an era in the sector and which made many wine lovers crack up: many found themselves in the passionate descriptions of the protagonists of the glasses of the heart, sources of emotions, encounters, discoveries.
9. And wine, drinking, is central to Days of Wine and Roses, a 1962 film starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, directed by Blake Edwards, a deserving Oscar to Henry Mancini for best song and 4 nominations. A film behind which there is a whole world of tormented existences which is found around a bottle.
10. And for us to Taste an Oscar-worthy film (it won two and was nominated for three more) is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, based on Truman Capote. A film that ignites the desire to party with friends, to sip heady cocktails, to have lunch with an American coffee and a croissant eaten in a paper bag, a Waldorf salad, knowing that everything becomes iconic when faced with a dress scabbard and a pair of long black gloves.