Sunday, February 26

Oscars 2012 List of Nominees and Cocktails

Sun., Feb. 26, 2012
When is this year's 84th Academy Awards? Sunday, February 26, 2012 will be the evening for rolling out the ruby walkway. Hosting this year's event, thankfully, is Billy Crystal once again. Along with the gowns, glitz and glamour are other noteworthy items ... like nibblers and the smartest of cocktails.

If you are feverishly planning an Oscar party to ooh and aah over the red carpet celebrities and their wardrobe malfunctions, then you might want to review a few of these sassy cocktail recipes.  They were sent to me, and created especially for the gala by, Voli Light Vodka and Belvedere Vodka. I have posted the ones which I felt were most tempting for an award-worthy evening, along with a list of the nominees for the evening...enjoy!

Sweet Revenge
(inspired by "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo")\
2 oz Raspberry Cocoa
2 Raspberries
2 Blackberries
1 oz apple cider
1⁄4 oz maple syrup
Muddle berries and maple syrup. Add all ingredients then shake and strain
Glass: Martini
Garnish: Raspberries

Crystal Cosmo
(an ode to this year's host Billy Crystal)
1 1⁄2 oz Voli Lyte
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1⁄2 oz Agave Nectar Top with Prosecco (OPTIONAL)
Garnish: Lemon twist
In a mixing tin, add ice, Voli Lyte, lemon juice, agave & shake.
Strain into a martini glass and top with Prosecco

The Artist
A surprisingly rich and delightful story about the end of the silent film era and the rise of the talkies, The Artist is a front-runner to win the Best Picture.
2oz Belvedere Black Raspberry 
1/4oz simple syrup 
1/2 oz Lemon juice 
6 fresh raspberries or 
1/2oz raspberry puree 
dash egg white 
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled 
martini glass top with a splash of soda and 
garnish with a raspberry.

Best Picture
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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