Something tells us that when the Oscars next televise one of their precious “tribute montages” — like they do for “comedy,” “westerns,” or “trains” — it won’t be to honor that most essential of cinematic characters: The drunk. And yet, flip through the history books and you’ll see that some of cinema’s greatest and most-honored performances have come from actors playing men (and women) who were a little heavy-handed with the bottle.
Videos included for almost all of the honorees, but Nicolas Cage’s liquor store dance from Leaving Las Vegas may be the best of the bunch.
Noodle bars are becoming more popular (Blade Runner, here we come!)! Peruvian food is in! Ginger is the new mint!
And apparently we’ll be eating a lot of smoked food next year… and drinking smoke-infused cocktails as well:
Bartenders are smoking their bourbons (Eben Freeman at Tailor, for example), and chefs, recognizing the national craze for BBQ, are smoking more than just salmon and ribs: nuts, salts, even smoked steelhead roe (at Chicago’s Alinea). Who says smoking’s bad for you?
And the hip place to eat in ’09? You’re gonna have to schlep all the way to Portland, Maine.
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