The Oscar Nominations are Announced

Are you sick of the entertainment awards season yet? I’m just about there and it’s barely started. So what, pray tell, do the award ceremonies for movies, music and TV have to do with Gordo’s Cheese Dip? These televised love-fests are the perfect opportunity to throw a party and no party is complete without Gordo’s. More on that later.

Oh sure, the country music folks seem to have a new awards ceremony every month, but the granddaddy of all music awards’ shows – The Grammys – happens in February. We’ve had the People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes coming soon and the Academy Awards are in late February. These people who make so much money trying to entertain us seem to really need outside adoration or industry recognition or both. Or maybe, the television networks just need a one-time-a-year event where they can sell expensive commercial time.

For whatever reason, the most glamorous of the awards are the Academy Awards where winners get to take home an Oscar and the nominations were announced a couple of days ago. Keep watching this blog in the coming weeks because we’re going to give you the “10 Tips for Throwing the Ultimate Oscar Party” courtesy of your buds at Gordo’s

And the Oscar Could Go To…

As noted in the news wire services and Yahoo Movies, “Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic “Lincoln” leads this year’s Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, and acting nominations for stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The adventure flick, “Life of Pi” made an unexpectedly strong showing with 11 nominations, including best picture and best director for Ang Lee.

“Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables,” each received nods for best picture and in the acting categories, but were shut out of the directing category. And while “Argo” is in the mix for best picture, Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for either best director or best actor.

Best actress nods went to youngest and oldest nominees in the history of the category, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for the indie underdog fantasy “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — she was only 5 when she shot the movie — and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for the Austrian drama “Amour.” Rounding out nominations for best actress were past nominees Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”

Best actor nominations went to first-time nominee Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables,” and veteran nominees Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.”

Nominations for best supporting actress went to Amy Adams for “The Master,” Sally Field for “Lincoln,” Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” Helen Hunt for “The Sessions” and Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Nominations for best supporting actor went to a crowded field of decorated veterans: Alan Arkin for “Argo,” Robert DeNiro for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master,” Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained” — all former Oscar winners.”

Other category nominations:


  • Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbood”
  • Behn Zeitlin, “Beast of the Southern Wild”
  • Michael Haneke, “Amour”
  • Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”


  • “Amour”
  • “A Royal Affair”
  • “No”
  • “Kon-Tiki”
  • “War Witch”


  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables”

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC.

Awards for the Best Cheese Dip

Since everybody and their dog has some cheesy awards ceremony, why not have an awards ceremony for cheesy dip? Who really cares who wins the “Best Screen Adaptation for a Foreign Film Based on an Original American Theme?” Or, the “Single Most Trashy Evening Gown Worn on the Red Carpet?” (Wait a minute! I might want to know who wins the Trashy Gown category.)

I think you know where we’re going with this line of reasoning. If music has the Grammys and movies have the Oscars, why can’t party-goers have the Big Dipper? Anticipating your hearty approval, I have taken the liberty of proposing some categories and potential nominees for this highly-coveted, but not yet instituted award.





And the big award of the evening….


We realize that the concept of an awards ceremony for cheese dip might not pull the kind of ratings that say the Grammys or the Golden Globes, but just imagine how much fun the big production musical numbers would be. Hot dancers, dressed as broccoli, dancing with other hot dancers dressed as dipping bowls, filled with Gordo’s Cheese Dip! Simply Fabulous!!!

Plus, there are a million one-liners that the celebrity host could use in his opening-monologue referencing the cheesy nominees: “But seriously folks, have you ever seen so many dips in one place? I feel like a lifeguard! Thank you. Thank you very much!”

We hope you enjoy the entertainment industry’s self-congratulations season. Be sure and have a lot of Gordo’s Cheese Dip handy because you know it’s gonna get slow at some point and you can always excuse yourself to go to the kitchen and get some more Gordo’s.


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