Oscars and hot dogs might not seem like the most likely combination. That is, of course, until you think of one of America's most beloved hot dogs, the Oscar Mayer Wiener, and then you wonder why the two haven't been paired together earlier.
Here are nine Oscar-themed hot dogs inspired by each of the films nominated for Best Picture. Everything from "The Parisian Dog" for Midnight in Paris with pâté and Dijon vinaigrette to the pineapple and Sriracha "Hawaii Dog" for The Descendants. Check them all out, then tell us which one should win the "Oscar Dog" in the comments!
The Descendants: "The Hawaii Dog"
Hot Dog, Grilled Pineapple and Sriracha on a Bun
For a movie set in Hawaii, tropical fruits and spice seemed like the perfect accompaniment for this dog. We think even George Clooney might approve.
The Help: "The Southern Comfort Dog"
Fried Chicken Sausage, Collard Greens, Gravy on a Buttered Bun
Minny's fried chicken inspired this southern dog. It's not holding back on the calories either with all that homemade gravy atop a buttered and grilled bun.
Midnight in Paris: "The Parisian Dog"
Pâté, Pork Sausage, Frisée, Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette on Baguette
Pâté on a hot dog? Well, not exactly. We used pork sausage in this classy, Paris-inspired dog fit for a French king and queen...or at least for Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: "The NYC Dog"
Hot Dog with Mustard and Sauerkraut on a Bun
For a film about New York City, we couldn't get too experimental with this classic dog.
Hugo: "The Watch-Dog"
A hot dog watch band with an edible clock made of: toasted bread, mayonnaise, rosemary ticks and ketchup clock hands.
Hugo's father is a clockmaker; try our own hand at clock-making with this edible dog-watch.
Moneyball: "The Baseball Dog"
Hot Dog with Ketchup on a Bun
Baseball and hot dogs are such a classic combination they go together like, well, baseball and a hot dog.
The Artist: "The Old-Time Hollywood Dog"
A Black and White Hot Dog
We pay tribute to The Artist's artistic vision with this black and white (not to mention totally silent) hot dog.
War Horse: "The Bruised and Bleeding Dog"
Scored Hot Dog Bleeding Ketchup on a Bun
War Horse, War Dog.
Tree of Life: "Tree in Summer Dog"
Hot Dog Tree of Spinach on a Bun with Mayonnaise
For such an esoteric film, going the literal route was really the only way to go. Here's a hot dog as a tree (of life)!
And the Oscar Dog Goes to...
Let us know which dog you think should win!
About the author: SE intern alumnus Will Levitt is a senior at Wesleyan University where he cooks, writes about food, and has recently come to terms with the fact that he is a mayonnaise addict. He blogs about college, cooking and his love of sandwiches - among other things - at his blog Dorm Room Dinner. You can follow him @dormroomdinner