This recap will be a quick one on the big night and then I'll focus on the food. My bestie Kristy wrote The Masterpiece Recap on the night as a whole on Facebook and I'll quote her on a couple of things. Oscar Night 2011 was framed in an oddball setting here as it featured a background soundtrack of bizarre rolling thunderstorms. Lightning flashed and indeed the Tivo popped off once, but thankfully there were no long-term blackouts. It was great to be able to share the night with Ronnie again and doubly great that this was the first Oscar get-together that Jeff attended as well. Ronnie uttered some wonderful witticisms for sure but Jeff actually delivered some of the best lines of the night; though many of them are unprintable here. Some of the best lines inevitably accompanied the red carpet parade:
-Let me say this: Melissa Leo, I defended your right to conduct your own campaign and supported your win for Best Supporting Actress. I can't come up with anything supportive to say regarding the metallic doily you wore or the f-bomb you tactlessly dropped. Ronnie likened her outfit to the Gone With The Wind drapes worn by Carol Burnett's Scarlett O'Hara.
-Cate Blanchett is one of my favorite actresses but we couldn't decipher the dress. Kristy said that "it looked like a cameo brooch with the face left off". Ronnie said that it was like a "wreath of barnacles under a very gay boat". As the wreath in question surrounded Cate's chest, Jeff said, "....presenting....my breasts!"
-Mark Ruffalo's wife might have had a beautiful dress on underneath what appeared to be a black Snuggie that seemed to have featured a wing on the back.
Ok, I'm stopping. I could go on for days and frankly, its all in fun. One who sits in raggedy sweats typing about fashion shouldn't throw stones....but then I'm not attending Hollywood's biggest night, am I? Frankly,for the most part, the celebs looked striking. Mila Kunis was gorgeous, young Hailie Steinfeld looked age-appropriately beautiful and Matthew McConaughey's wife is a stunner. A few other observations...
-I'm at a bit of a loss over James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts. Anne looked amazing in every dress and is a consummate entertainer. Despite the snafus and discomfort, as far as I'm concerned, Hathaway = heavenly. I had hoped that Franco would add just enough WTF to keep things interesting and the drag moment was well, odd, but as Kristy said, "he looked either stoned, drunk, scared shitless or totally uninterested." I would add that he seemed outright pissed off at times. Bless Anne for at least killing it sartorially and giving it her all.
-God bless Kirk Douglas for being a true survivor but holy cow, did that get uncomfortable...wow. Speaking of uncomfortable, the costume design award went to someone who not only took forever to get to the stage but stumbled through her halted thank-yous. That was grueling...and Kristy texted the best take on that moment....hooked on phonics, anyone?
-I have always strongly disliked the Clap for Most Popular of The Dead Celebs moment or Death Montage. Jeff loves it. Thankfully, they managed to either keep the audience from clapping or turned off the audio. That said, why did they have to get Celine? Your heart needs to go on, sister, right off the stage.
-Go, PS 22! They were a classy and sweet way to conclude the night.
The acting awards went as I had predicted in the last post and that didn't exactly require psychic powers as the big five have been fairly set throughout the awards season. Bummer for Fincher, but that wasn't really a surprise.
We served up tapas and sangria for the watch party last night. Ronnie and Jeff brought an amazing antipasto plate that featured some truly unique and delicious cheeses such as Blueberry Cobbler, Sage and Chili-Lime. We served some Boursin cheese and pickled jalapeno garlic. We made, as mentioned in the last post, Blackberry Wine BBQ meatballs that were very good. Our tapas were Hot and Sweet Deviled Eggs (pictured with cream cheese and jalapeño jam), Sausage and Goat Cheese Crostini and Caper Rice Croquettes. All turned out very well. Ronnie also brought a wonderful layered chocolate cake for Jeff's birthday. The MVP award for the night went to Keith, who could really care less about the whole thing, but was the consummate host throughout the night.
We were all in agreement that Oscar Night 2011 was a night of few surprises. The only scares for me were the wild weather and Ronnie declaring, "Mama's out of Gogo Juice and needs dessert." Yikes! The recipes for the sangria and the deviled eggs follow and count as Cookbook Challenge #29 and #30.
Hot and Sweet Deviled Eggs (Incredibly Easy Tapas)
4 to 5 tablespoons mayo
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash of paprika
1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
Additional fresh chives
1. Scoop egg yolks into bowl; reserve whites. Mash yolks with mayo until creamy. Stir in curry powder, pepper, salt and apprika; mix well. Stir in cherries and minced chives.
2. Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into egg whites. Garnish with additional chives.
3 cups dry red wine
juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar
Fill tall glasses with ice. Combine the wine, lime juice, orange juice and brandy in a large glass pitcher. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved. Pour over ice and garnish with lime.