It’s Oscar Time…2011

This Sunday, February 27th is the 83nd Annual Academy Awards…The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood.  It was a private brunch with an audience of about 270 people.  This year it’s at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and millions of people will watch from all over the world.  We women all know the best part of the evening is seeing what everyone is wearing, right?  What you serve while sitting in front of the TV is the other delicious part.

So whether you’re hosting a party or just watching with your family you’re not going to want to spend the evening in the kitchen!  Who knows what you might miss…That’s why I love to make a big pot of chili a day or two before.  I have 3 delectable ones to choose from.  Serve one of them with my recipe for The Most Decadent Cornbread Casserole Ever Made Skinny and a simple salad. You’ll be all ready to enjoy the show!

The Best Darn Chili Con Carne with Beans…Perfect for an Oscar Party!

A Hearty and Skinny Turkey Chili

Delightfully Light Chicken and White Bean Chili

Here’s the nominees in the most popular categories:

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers


  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Who do you hope will win?

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