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If you’re planning on throwing an Oscar viewing party this year, it’s time to think outside the typical food spread. Instead of defaulting to frozen food appetizers and pre-made crudite platters, why not pay homage to some of this year’s nominees? Even if your favorite flick wasn’t exactly food-centric, with a little creative license and a bit of ingenuity, you can nod to this year’s nominees through your menu. Here are seven Oscar party food ideas, inspired by this year’s potential winners.

Mock Mini “Dove” Ice Cream Bites

Laury Raiken

In “I, Tonya,” the infamous figure skater is intent on celebrating landing a triple axel with Dove ice cream bars. Even if the closest you’ve come to the Olympics is watching it on TV, you deserve to treat yourself with a dessert this decadent. This dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan version no doubt will get high marks from all your guests. Get the recipe.

Chewbacca & the Porgs No-Bake Cookies

Sugar Swings

If you were one of the superfans who lined up at midnight to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” you’ve probably already fallen in love with porgs, the latest creature added to the franchise’s universe. (Fun fact: Porgs were only devised to cover up the massive amounts of puffins that populated the island where some of the movie was filmed.) You don’t have to feel badly about eating these porgs, which come in the form of crunchy and chocolatey no-bake cookies. Make some larger ones so Chewy can join the party, too. Get the recipe.

Cheese Platter

What food says “French hospitality” more than a deliciously over-the-top cheese platter? By using “Beauty and the Beast” and its setting as inspiration, you can come up with a spread that is sure to impress. Put your service to the test and pick out some of your favorite fancy cheeses, add in some salty and sweet accoutrements, and put it all on display on an attention-grabbing board. Your friends will be happy to be your guest(s). Here are some suggestions for making the perfect cheese platter.

Thanksgiving Leftover Gameday Sliders

Berly’s Kitchen

As seen in “Lady Bird,” the holidays can bring up a bunch of emotions for families of all stripes. When Saoirse Ronan’s character ditches Thanksgiving with her family, her mother is upset, but trust us: No one will be disappointed if you make this Turkey Day-inspired app for your own fete. Get the recipe.

Rainbow Fruit Loops Marshmallow Bars

Cake Whiz

If you can’t stop shuddering when you flash back to that Fruit Loops eating scene in “Get Out,” you’re not alone. Associate the cereal with something a little more positive by making them the star of this marshmallow bar dessert. Get the recipe.

Mexican Sweet Tamales

You can’t think of animated tearjerker “Coco” without thinking of tamales and the love that goes into making them. With a bit of legwork, you can put together your own sweet ones, perfect for a special occasion like the biggest award show of the year. Buen provecho! Get the recipe.

Parmigiano–Black Pepper Popcorn

You can’t watch a movie (or an award show about the movies) without popcorn! This savory version is slightly more sophisticated than your run-of-the-mill microwave version and is perfect for all those nail-biting moments before winners are announced. Get the recipe.

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