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Oscars Watch: Getting Ready For the Governors Ball

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It seems like the first piece of appropriate advice for anyone who is hosting a humble at-home Oscars shindig Sunday evening who wants their feast to mimic the celebs' Governors Ball is that they should start practicing making their food look like the Oscar statuette. In previewing the eats and treats that will be passed out and served up Sunday after the Academy Awards are handed out, it looks like everything is coming up Oscar. Or at least Oscar-shaped.

Smoked salmon on Oscar-shaped flatbread? Check. Chocolates molded and dusted in gold and shaped like Oscar? Check. Prediction for the big party: Plenty of imbibing nominees who didn't hear their name read out from the newly-designed envelopes making mock acceptance speeches while holding a chocolate statuette. Good times!

For the 17th consecutive year, it's LA dining mogul Wolfgang Puck at the helm. "Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve the Academy’s 1,500 Ball guests, which will include Oscar winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants," says the Academy. "The 2011 menu created by Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga is inspired by Latin flavors, from classic paella to coastal seafood."

Here's a little sneak peak that might inspire your potluck or party shopping Trader Joe's stock-up visit.