6 Snacks That Deserve a Starring Role at Your Oscar Party

By: Miranda Van Gelder

What would it be like for these foods to win a coveted spot at an Oscar-watching fest? Honestly, they're just thrilled to be nominated. The envelopes, please!

The chemistry between the stars of this dish -- it's a pizza! and it's a salad! -- is nothing short of magnificent. In the words of Casablanca, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

In acting, as they say, there are no small parts -- and that includes chicken parts. Heated in a piping-hot skillet with vegetables and a Thai-inspired sauce, chicken breast truly shows off its range here. (Bonus: The lettuce-leaf wraps are sure to delight the carb avoiders in the audience.)

The epic sequel to guacamole = a tub of store-bought hummus plus two avocados and some jalapeno. (You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll break out the celery sticks!)

This alcohol-free party drink dispenses with the usual conventions of the mocktail genre -- the hackneyed ginger ale, the obligatory maraschino cherry -- reinventing the role with coconut water, pineapple-orange juice concentrate, sliced ginger and a hit of seltzer.

It's a garbanzo tour de force! A sprinkle of smoked paprika, a smattering of cumin -- plus a quick turn in the oven -- get these chickpeas ready for their close-up.

Sunny's Sweet 'n' Spicy Popcorn

Ah, popcorn. A familiar cinematic story, yes -- but this time told with excitement, thanks to maple syrup, cayenne and cinnamon.

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