An Oscar viewing party should be the culinary antithesis of a Super Bowl gathering. Where the latter focuses on big, bold, messy flavors tied together with a whole lot of fat, the Academy Awards call for a more refined dining experience (even if both events are spent on the same couch in front of the same television).
So for our refined fare, we opted for a crostini party. We created toppings that can be spooned, scooped or smeared onto whatever bases you like. Assemble the toppings, offer an assortment of breads, crackers and crisps, then let guests help themselves while you focus on the awards.
To make your party prep even easier, all of these toppings can be assembled up to a day ahead of time. Many of them take 30 minutes or less to assemble. The flavors will be better if you let the toppings come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.