Oscars 2011: How To Make The Academy Awards A Date Night

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Watch the 2011 Oscars live on Sunday and make it a date night while you're at it.

We cannot wait for the one-time-a-year spectacle that is the Oscars 2011, can you? The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony is Hollywood's premier event, and we sort of have a weakness for star-studded gatherings. Do you blame us? The designer gowns, the gold Oscar statuettes, the hot guys in tuxes... Sigh.

But while the actors are getting dressed up to go out with their dates, we think you should stay in with yours. There are plenty of ways to have a fun Oscars-themed date night with your man before, during and after the telecast, so use this as a little guide for the big evening. If you can't win an Academy Award yourself, watching a star win one while getting closer to your S.O. really is the next best thing. Oscars 2011: The 10 Best & Worst Onscreen Relationships

Pre-show: Eat. Think you two make a great team? Prove it! Bond over a little time in the kitchen and cook up some Oscars-inspired dishes. Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck has created the cuisine options for the quintessential post-Oscars bash, The Governor's Ball, for over a decade. Lucky for you, he shared some of his recipes for an Oscar-night meal: Roasted Garlic Crostini, Wine-Braised Beef Brisket and Chocolate Shortcake "Hollywood Stars"  are a few of the super-chef's great ideas that you can make right from home. And once your done with the main meal, make sure to mix up a little Moet's Silver Screen Punch, the signature drink served at the Governor's Ball. Festive!

Minutes before: Predict. Have you and your man been debating over which film is going to take home the award for Best Picture? There's nothing like Academy Awards nominations to rouse a heated discourse between lovers. If you feel certain The King's Speech is destined for Oscar gold and he's putting his money on The Social Network, then make it a friendly competition. Print off some prediction cards and guess the winners in every category. At the end of the show, tally up the score and see who came out on top. The champ gets a prize... but we'll let you decide just what it is (wink, wink).

Showtime: Watch. It's finally time for the big event, so settle in and watch the telecast. Enjoy the red carpet coverage, watching first-time hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco yuk it up onstage, and then take note of which nominees become winners. Follow along with your score card. For every category you or your guy picks correctly, give each other a sweet (or steamy) kiss. You deserve it! Oscars 2011: Will The Best Actress Curse Continue?

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