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And the Oscar Toasts To… Drinks Inspired by the 2018’s Best Picture Nominees

And the Oscar Toasts To... Drinks Inspired by the 2018's Best Picture Nominees

February is the month when movie lovers get hyped: the award season progresses and the Oscar nominees have been announced. The countdown to the 90th ceremony is on and in a year in which the film industry has made more headlines for its facts than its fiction, the anticipation for the big night feels stronger than ever.

Irish cinephiles have big reasons to tune in this year as Irish talent is on the race for five golden statues: Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Consolata Boyle (Victoria & Abdul), and animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner).

With only a few weekends to watch some of this year’s finest films before those envelopes open on March 4th, we have taken inspiration in drinks featured along the selection of surprisingly diverse and appealing movies nominated for the most coveted accolade of the night, Best Picture.

No spoilers ahead so if you haven’t watch them, worry not and keep reading…

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

This coming of age drama set in Northern Italy in the summer of 1983 tells the story of 17 year old Italian-American Elio, as he spends a family holiday in a stunning 17th century villa surrounded by culture and arts. When an American doctorate student enters his life, the ensuing romance will make for a highly emotional journey.

With a glass of: Elio’s privileged family is no stranger to the al fresco enjoyment of the beautiful scenery. On more than one occasion they sit together at an outdoor table where a bottle of red wine fills their glasses. Taking a clue from the region and era, we’ll pair this film with a Ripasso from the nearby region of Valpolicella. The style was starting to become popular at the time, combining the youthfulness of a vibrant Valpolicella, with the depth of Amarone. We like Masi Campofiorin, a pioneering Ripasso, €19.95 at O’Briens Wine.

Watch trailer HERE

DARKEST HOUR

Winston Churchill is masterfully brought to life by Gary Oldman, in a WWII drama focusing on the early days of the war, when little hope lay ahead. With allies stuck in the beaches of Dunkirk (more on that later), and the threat of invasion weighing in, the then new Prime Minister was confronted with a tough choice: negotiate or fight the devastating enemy.

With a glass of: While Churchill’s fondness of whiskey is well documented, and he was known to have a soft spot for brandy, it’s a bottle of Champagne that nowadays carries his name. Quoting the famous line by Napoleon, “Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it”, we can’t but choose Pol Roger Champagne (€43.00, Celtic Whiskey Shop), Sir Churchill’s favourite and much well deserved. If you’re lucky enough, get your hands on a Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Watch trailer HERE

DUNKIRK

Another inspiring WWII drama running for the main accolade of the night. This one focuses on the evacuation of allied soldiers from Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer excel at combining the epic scenes in the fields and coastlines with more intimate moments of both hope and despair.

With a glass of: While news of popstar Harry Styles drinking beer on set got some attention, the brew was more importantly in the hands on his character Alex as he was given a few bottles through a train’s window after they were finally coming back home. You can see that a few of them are ales, so we’ve chosen Fuller’s Past Masters 1914 Strong Ale (€4.99, Martin’s Off Licence), which channels a style that was popular at war-time.

Watch trailer HERE

GET OUT

At times dark comedy, at times thriller-horror, Get Out is an unusual and smart film that tells the story of a young black man meeting his girlfriend’s white parents for the first time. A weekend in their secluded estate in the woods becomes increasingly disturbing.

With a glass of: Definitely don’t have a cup of tea. We’ll also skip the wines from the tense “party scene” where white guests are seen sipping mostly white wine with Stepford-Wives vibes and instead, try out a Martini, just like the one held by one of the key characters.

Watch trailer HERE

LADY BIRD

Set in the recent past, 2002, and centered in the life of the young and artistically inclined Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, who reluctantly moves to Sacramento, California with her strong-willed mom, this coming of age dramedy is all about relationships, family and pursuing your dreams.

With a glass of: We’re tempted to raise a glass of Carlow-based Silver Spear Irish Gin (€59.50, Celtic Whiskey Shop) to root for Saoirse, but if we stick to the film, we’ll get a humble cup of coffee, the drink that Lady Bird’s crush enjoys when she introduces herself when he goes to the coffee shop she works in.

Watch trailer HERE

PHANTOM THREAD

The story focuses on the life of prestigious dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his relationship with the young and strong-willed Alma during in the post-war London of the 50’s. A muse and inspiration, Alma arrives into his life of glamour and haute couture to bring the chaos of love.

With a glass of: We see Reynolds et al enjoying lavish occasions where vintage style glasses of red wine accompany the meals share under the light of chandeliers. As upper class Londoners from the time, they were probably fond of Bordeaux and Burgundy, as many up and coming regions we know and love today didn’t have a fraction of the quality or prestige they have now. Try, for example Frank Phelan (€36.95, O’Briens Wine) for Bordeaux or for Burgundy, check out Louis Jadot Bourgogne (€19.50, Molloy’s Liquor Stores).

Watch trailer HERE

THE POST

This is the ultimate Oscar bait: a Steven Spielberg directed, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks starred drama set in the 70’s and exploring the role of the media in holding governments accountable for their actions. Yes, there are nods at the hardships of being a woman in a male-dominated industry and yes, many a newsroom trope.

With a glass of: While rivers of what we can only assume is awful coffee clutter the desks of many a Washington Post journo in the cast, we shan’t inflict that upon our dear readers. Instead, let’s distil all that newsroom angst tension and pour ourselves a glass of Writer’s Tears Copper Pot (€45, widely available in Irish off licences).

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

This otherworldly love story is both visually and emotionally striking. The time was Cold War America, 1962, the where is a hidden high-security government laboratory where a naive and lonely woman discovers, or should we say, meets, a secret experiment.

With a glass of: In a film set in Missile Crisis times, you can never underestimate Soviet espionage. That said, we’ll pair the film with a Moscow Mule, a classic vodka cocktail that combines the spirit with lime juice, ginger beer and lots of ice. Invented in the early forties, the drink was even around at the time.

Watch trailer HERE

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Drama meets dark humour in the story of a bold woman that decides to think outside of the box to put pressure on the local authorities to push them to find the culprit in her daughter’s murder. She decides to get three billboards painted with a message for the chief of police.

With a glass of: While we see many bottles in the film, we can’t say we’d like to encounter them. However, some of the moments that ease the film’s tension involve the enjoyment of a cold beer, and being set in a background of a working class US Midwest town, a chilled American lager seems appropriate. Believe it or not, this calls for a Coors Light (€2.29, Tesco).

Watch trailer HERE

ARTICLE BY GABY GUEDEZ

Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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