From acting and directing to lighting and sound effects, there’s an Oscar for just about everything movie-related—except, that is, for best cinematic cocktail.
We’ve decided to give up waiting for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rectify this situation and created our own list of award-winning drinks featured on-screen.
We’d be remiss not to recognize the importance of the Thin Man series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, whose thirsty characters gave their names to the delicious Nick & Nora Dry Martini.
And while we’re on the subject of Martinis, Sean Connery’s portrayal of suave super-spy James Bond inspired many a drinker—to the despair of their bartenders—to repeat the famous line “shaken, not stirred.” (But die-hard fans of 007 know that his original signature order was actually another concoction, the Vesper, which combines gin and vodka with Lillet.)
Talking about classics, there are lots of iconic Marilyn Monroe movie scenes, but one of our favorite moments is when she fixes impromptu Manhattans in a hot water bottle for Jack Lemmon and a crowd of bandmates in Billy Wilder’s madcap caper Some Like it Hot.
But it’s not only old flicks where tipples show up. The White Russian plays a large enough role in the Coen brothers’ hit The Big Lebowski that it should have gotten a supporting actor nomination.
So get out the shaker, make a huge bowl of popcorn and let the red-carpet coverage begin.