The Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday in Hollywood.
Roll out the red carpet a bit early. We asked some readers to submit their picks for their favorite food films.
Paul Ruszat, executive chef at St. Cloud Hospital, has several favorite foodie films. Among the best is "Big Night," which features a struggling Italian restaurant and the owners' last-ditch effort to save it. The movie features timbale, an Italian dish with pasta that is baked and looks like a stuffed pizza.
Making the meal is a dream for Ruszat.
"I haven't tried it yet," Ruszat said. "It intrigues me. I don't have enough friends to eat it with."
He also likes "Ratatouille," an animated film about a French rat's dream of becoming a famous chef. But he hates the scene where the rats takeover the kitchen.
"It's just nasty," Ruszat said. "You have all these rats running around in the kitchen. Ewwww."
Watch these films, and get ready for the Oscars. Prepare to feel hungry.
"Julie & Julia" (2009)
About the movie: A young woman learns how to cook by making all the recipes in Julia Child's first cookbook.
Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
Oscars:Nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role
What to have with it: Boeuf Bourguignon
"Bottle Shock" (2008)
About the movie: The story about California's early wine-making days.
Stars: Chris Pine, Alan Rickman
What to have with it: A Napa white wine
"No Reservations" (2007)
About the movie: Priorities change after a gifted chef takes in her young niece.
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart
What to have it: Fresh-baked cookies
About the movie: A rat in rural France travels to Paris to learn how to cook. His dream is to become a great chef.
Stars: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm
Oscars: Won for best animated film, and nominated for four more
What to have with it: Ratatouille
About the movie: Two older men visit California's wine country before one gets married.
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church
Oscars: Won best writing, adapted screenplay, nominated for four more
What to have with it: A Napa red wine
"Mostly Martha" (2001)
About the movie: This is the original film that "No Reservations" is based upon. The film focuses on a headstrong chef who becomes the guardian of her young niece.
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste
What to have with it: Wiener schnitzel
About the movie: A woman opens a chocolate shop in France.
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench
Oscars: Five nominations
What to have with it: Chocolate mousse
"Dinner Rush" (2000)
About the movie: Tensions arise at dinner service one evening at an Italian restaurant as the diners interact.
Stars: Danny Aiello, John Rothman
What to have with it: Homemade pizza
"Big Night" (1996)
About the movie: Two brothers try to save their struggling Italian restaurant with one final push.
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci
What to have with it: Bruschetta
"Like Water for Chocolate " (1992)
About the movie: Set in 1910 Mexico, a woman wants to be with the love of her life, but can't because of family tradition. She expresses her feelings through her cooking.
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos
What to have with it: Chicken mole
"Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991)
About the movie: An unhappy woman befriends a nursing home resident who wows her with stories.
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy
Oscars: Nominated for best actress in a supporting role and best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published
What to have with it: Fried green tomatoes
"The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" (1989)
About the movie: The wife of a restaurant owner thinks about having an affair with a regular diner.
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon
What to have with it: Fettuccine Alfredo
"Babette's Feast" (1987)
About the movie: Based in 19th century Denmark, two grown daughters live with their father. They take in a French woman. The woman cooks an amazing meal for the sisters' father's 100th birthday.
Stars: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer
Oscars: Won best foreign language film
What to have with it: A birthday cake with 100 candles
"Nine 1/2 Weeks" (1986)
About the movie: A woman has an affair with a man she barely knows.
Stars: Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke
What to have with it: Oysters
"Tom Jones" (1963)
About the movie: Based in England, the film follows a young man who loves women.
Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York
Oscars: Won best director best music, score -- substantially original, Best Picture and best writing, screenplay based on material from another medium and nominated for six more.
What to have with it: Roasted chicken
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