Once again, it is Oscar time, and no one is more excited than the Cod. In my book, this is easily the second or third most wonderful time of the year. In what is now a cherished annual tradition, I'll be offering my choices for the nominees, starting with best supporting actor.
Alan Arkin- Little Miss Sunshine: The Catch 22 vet is no spring chicken, and can be an acquired taste. While Arkin's not for everyone, in the right hands, he can be a treat. Long, slow stewing in a Crock Pot will yield a filling main dish!
Jackie Earle Haley- Little Children: We all know and love Jackie from Breaking Away, but all that time on the bike (and some hard livin') can make him a little stringy. If you have the time, the best thing to do is to make a confit of the thighs, and use them to perk up a cassoulet!
Djimon Hounsou- Blood Diamond: Djimon? Djiyum! With the Amistad's sexiest passenger, you can send your deep fryer and home sous vide machine to Goodwill. Ask for thick chops, grill them over a natural charcoal fire, and dust with fleur de sel, and devour!
Eddie Murphy- Dreamgirls: It's been longer than the Cod cares to admit since the SNL funnyman teamed up with Nick Nolte, but Eddie is still another word for laughter -- and flavor! It takes a bit of planning, but the best approach for Murphy is to braise the shanks in a light red wine, reserve the braising liquid, allow it to cool overnight, degrease and serve on a bed of polenta, and garnished with a zingy gremolata!
Mark Wahlberg- The Departed: He's come a long way, but an old school prep of Marky Mark with cabbage will have your Oscar funky bunch feeling some good vibrations!