Christopher Nolan’s mind-bender about thieves who steal—and implant—information from their victim’s unconscious minds was one of the most layered, innovative stories of the year.
The good news is that you don’t need to concoct as complicated a plot in your kitchen to pay homage. This easy-to-make layered Mexican entrée tips its tortillas to the film’s multiple levels of dream worlds.
7 of 11Photo by Greg DuPree; food styled by Margaret Dickey; props styled by Audrey Davis; written by Jessica Mordo
127 Hours: Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy
Inspired by a true story, the film follows mountain climber Aron Ralston’s doomed adventure in the canyons of southern Utah. His excruciating struggle to free himself after his arm gets trapped beneath a boulder yielded some of the year’s most intense visceral scenes.
If Ralston had packed enough rations, he would have enjoyed classic campfire grub such as this flavorful chili—which also happens to be the perfect winter potluck dish.
9 of 11Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Jessica Mordo
Black Swan: Salted Chocolate Tart
In the backstage thriller, a ballerina obsessively prepares for the role of a lifetime as her dark side overtakes her delicate nature.
This luscious dessert evokes the sensuality and strength the Natalie Portman-portrayed dancer aspires to—and with its rich dark chocolate and sprinkling of Maldon sea salt crystals, it also echoes the film’s light-and-dark theme.
As a coda to our Oscars recipe collection, here's some insider knowledge on the event itself:
On Oscars night, quite a few variations on a certain golden theme will be standing in Hollywood’s spotlight. The originals—cast in an alloy called britannium and then plated in, successively, copper, nickel silver, and 24-karat gold—are essentially on long-term loan to their winners. Since 1950, each recipient has had to sign a contract agreeing not to hock the statuette; legally, the only way to sell it is to offer it back to the Academy—for $1. (In 2008, Bloomberg News estimated that the cost to make each one was $500.) And why are they called Oscars? Well, no one knows for sure. It could have been that the statue resembled the Uncle Oscar of an early Academy employee, or Bette Davis’s first husband, or even a Norwegian king.