And the Award goes to…

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Posted by Jennifer Blasen
The 82nd annual Oscar night is less than a week away and this year ten nominees were announced for Best Picture rather than the usual five. There haven’t been ten nominations since 1943 and at first 10 seems a little daunting. But with the movie list including blue creatures and colorful helium balloons, it’s the perfect year to host an Academy Award themed party, or plan a party when the flicks are released on Blu-ray disc. Here are my thoughts on a few of the nominees for Best Picture and party ideas if you decide to enjoy the big night with friends.


Leading up to the Oscars Avatar has already been nominated and won several awards, but despite the Titanic-sized hype surrounding this film, I was determined to make up my own mind. I saw Avatar in 3D to get the full experience and to describe the film in one word it was enchanting. I became completely immersed in Pandora – a stunning and highly detailed world where I left the real world behind - that is until the lights flickered back on in the theater and I returned my 3D glasses. More than a movie it was an experience.

Shake it up with a Blue Martini

3 oz gin or vodka

½ oz dry vermouth

1 teaspoon blue Curacao

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and garnish glasses with lemon garnish

-The Blind Side-

The Blind Side is the ultimate feel-good movie and the best part – it’s a true story. I’m not a huge fan of sports dramas but the cast really pushed this film from good to great. The Blind Side is a movie that everyone in the family will enjoy, the perfect weekend flick to pop in your Blu-ray player and display on a Runco DLP™ VideoXtreme™ VX-33d projector with DHD Digital Controller.

Celebrate The Blind Side with Southern Deviled Eggs

9 large eggs

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons scallion (white part only), minced

2 teaspoons tarragon, minced

Paprika, to taste

Tarragon leaves, for garnish

1. In a large saucepan, combine the eggs and enough cold water to cover. Bring to full boil. When the water reaches a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs stand, covered, for 18 minutes. Drain the eggs, leaving them in the pan. Add enough cold water to the pan to cover the eggs. Let stand until the eggs are cool enough to handle.

2. Peel eggs and cut each egg in half lengthwise. Transfer the yolks to a small bowl and mash well with a fork. Stir in the mayo, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper until smooth. Spoon in the filling into a zip-top plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag.

3. Arrange the egg whites cut-side-up on a large serving plate. Distribute the minced scallion and tarragon over the cavities. Squeeze out the filling from the bag, piping it into the cavities. Sprinkle the stuffed eggs with paprika and garnish with whole tarragon leaves. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


I chose to see Up in the theater on my birthday (back in June) because I knew Pixar wouldn’t fail to entertain. Up was not only heartwarming, poetic, sad and visually entertaining (the colors in Up will look fantastic on a Runco Flat Panel with OPAL technology in a room with ambient light) but also told the story of many life lessons. The most poignant lesson I recognized: don’t wait to make your dreams come true. The magic about Up is that it appears to be made for kids, yet adults can get as much (or more) from the Up experience.

Up was full of color, so include a candy bar in your living room for guests to indulge during the awards. Use all different types of jars and canisters to make the candy look interesting and unique, including wrapped (Starburst) and loose candy (Skittles).

~Jennifer is a Linfield College Wildcat and has enjoyed her work with Runco for the past 3 years. In her spare time she enjoys running, golfing, working in the garden, and trying new things in the kitchen.

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