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Healthy Party Recipes Inspired By Oscar-Nominated Movies

La La Land: Oven "Fried" Chicken

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La La Land: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, and 11 more

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that La La Land got 14 nominations, tying with Titanic for most Oscar nods. Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling plays a musician who wants to open up a jazz club named "Chicken on a Stick," that serves—you guess it—fried chicken. (If only Ryan Gosling actually opened a jazz club that served fried chicken. *Sigh*)

This healthier, oven-baked "fried" chicken is just as tasty as the classic fried chicken we all know and love, but way less oily.

Get the recipe: The Best Oven Fried Chicken

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Hidden Figures: Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies

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Hidden Figures: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Writing for Adapted Screenplay

If there's any movie that will encourage you to reach for the stars, it's definitely this film about three African-American women who worked as mathematicians during the early years of NASA.

Feeling inspired? Boost your brainpower with these oatmeal walnut cranberry cookies. Walnuts are filled with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote brain health. You'll feel like one smart cookie (see what we did there?). (Psst: Here are 10 other foods that will help you stay focused all day long.)

Get the recipe: Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies

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Moonlight: Arroz con Pollo

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Moonlight: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and five more

We doubt your Oscars party will be as emotionally loaded as the diner scene in which Kevin cooks Chiron some arroz con pollo, but that's no reason not to attempt your own recipe. 

Get the recipe: Arroz con Pollo

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Captain Fantastic: Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Captain Fantastic: Nominated for Best Actor

In one food-inspired scene in the indie comedy-drama film, Viggo Mortensen's character, Ben Cash, surprises his six children with chocolate cake to celebrate "Noam Chomsky Day" instead of Christmas.

If you want to make your own Oscars celebration cake, we have a recipe for a delicious and creamy flourless chocolate cake. It's seriously every chocolate lover's dream come true.

Get the recipe: Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Fences: Whole-Wheat Biscuits

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Fences: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Writing for Adapted Screenplay

Nod to Gabe's favorite food with this healthy whole-wheat biscuit recipe—they're just as flaky as the classic version and take only 15 minutes to prepare.

Get the recipe: Super-Easy Whole-Wheat Biscuits

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Lion: Jalebi

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Lion: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and four more

In the touching film Lion, Saroo, played by Dev Patel, sets out to find his birth parents in India. While on his journey, Saroo has flashbacks of his childhood and the most notable memory is sparked by the scent of a sweet, Indian treat—jalebi.

Similar to a funnel cake, this popular sweet is deep fried and then soaked in a sugar syrup. The flavors of jalebi—saffron, turmeric, and cardamom— will transport your taste buds to India. Yes, it's fried, but everything in moderation right?!

Get the recipe: Crispy, Thin Jalebis

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Hell or High Water: Steak Fajitas

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Hell or High Water: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing

Some of the greatest movies feature memorable diner scenes—think When Harry Met Sally and Pulp Fiction. In Hell or High Water, the two protagonists stop into the World Famous T-Bone Cafe for a steak lunch. And since Texas is known for their Tex-Mex cuisine, pay homage to this movie with some steak fajitas. This paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipe is sautéed with delicious flavors and seasoning, making it the perfect one-pot meal for your party. (Psst..try these one-pot meals, too.)

Get the recipe: Paleo Skillet Beef Fajitas

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Manchester by the Sea: Baked Fish Sticks

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Manchester by the Sea: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and two more

Taking place in Boston, Manchester by the Sea is about a handyman who's asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. It's an emotional roller coaster, to say the least, so you're going to want some serious New England comfort food.

Try these crowd-pleasing fish sticks that come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. (No one will ever know they were baked!)

Get the recipe: Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

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