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2012 Best Picture Nominees: Performed by L.A. Bars and Restaurants

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Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

click to enlarge The Artist - LA PETITE REINE
  • La Petite Reine
  • The Artist

Playing host and home to the Academy Awards, this town vibrates with excitement (Editor's note: Or something, depending on your thoughts re 9/11 and Hawaiian shirts, Harvey Weinstein and whether or not you, too, wanted a refund after seeing The Artist, as did some folks in Liverpool) by the end of February. We all fancy an escape into the pictures. Maybe you're Peppy, enjoying a glamorous rise to fame, or Minny, sticking it to your employers, or you're whiling the night away with Zelda Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.

The closest you may get to your favorite characters is through their stomachs. Check out these restaurants, bars, and clubs to get a flavor of this year's Best Picture nominations. (In alphabetical order, if you're wondering.) Some were directly inspired by food in the film, others capture the ambiance of the set. Take a bite. Drink up. Get lost. And don't forget to thank the Academy.

click to enlarge The Edison Bar - GUZZLE & NOSH
  • Guzzle & Nosh
  • The Edison Bar
9. The Artist:

Drink at: The Edison

The Inspiration: The place you'd most likely see George Valentin seeking out a gin cocktail. A theatrical soul will feel at home amongst well-appointed props and exposed bulbs. 108 W. Second St., downtown; (213) 613-0000.

click to enlarge Lahaina Dining Room - BACK HOME IN LAHAINA
  • Back Home in Lahaina
  • Lahaina Dining Room
8. The Descendents:

Eat at: Back Home in Lahaina

The Inspiration: Hawaiian Music and Laulau barbecue pork inch you closer to the Pacific paradise. Now if only it could inch you closer to George Clooney. Right. 916 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach; (310) 374-0111.

click to enlarge Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - WARNER BROS.
  • Warner Bros.
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

Eat at: Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

The Inspiration: Thin-crust, East Coast pies so good they will send you searching for clues to why you took so long to find them. 2457 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 661-6474.

click to enlarge The Help - DREAMWORKS
  • DreamWorks
  • The Help
6. The Help:

Eat at: Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

The Inspiration: Sweet, savory and soulful. You know Roscoe's is doing one thing right -- it's fried chicken, perfect every time. 1514 N. Gower St., Hollywood; (323) 466-7453.

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