An Oscar-Worthy Shout-Out for Gumbo and Pie

And the award for the Best Food Moment of this year's Oscars goes to …

No, not Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres' pizza delivery to the stars, funny (and real) though it was, but rather to Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey's mid-acceptance speech shout-out to his late father, who he said was looking down proudly from above surrounded by his favorite foods: "a big pot of gumbo," "a lemon meringue pie" and "a cold can of Miller Lite."

"And he's dancing right now," the Dallas Buyers Club star said, breaking into a little dad shuffle.

You can watch the father-food tribute by clicking play on this video (find it around 2:04), then set to creating your own McConaughey-inspired piece of heaven by cooking up some gumbo (perhaps a Shrimp Gumbo, a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo, a Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo or Food Network Magazine's Vegetable Gumbo (pictured above) — or one you can make in your slow cooker) and lemon meringue pie (Alton Brown's recipe is a classic, and Trisha Yearwood's is so simple it's almost magic).

Feel free to replace Matthew's dad's beer of choice with a beer-focused cocktail — or not.

What foods constitute heaven for you? Tell FN Dish in the comments below.

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