And the Oscar Goes to These Cannabis and Best Picture Pairings
It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s elite come together to congratulate each other on their jobs well done. Meanwhile, we mere mortals watch and disagree with the Academy’s choices. If you still haven’t had a chance to see all of 2016’s Best Picture nominees, you have about a week to get some serious binge watching in. And if you’re planning on watching the ceremony, you’re going to need something to get you through those four marvelous, stuffy, glitzed-out hours.
From “Arrival” to “Moonlight,” we’ve put together a list of the Best Supporting Cannabis Strains — several of which you can find at Chalice Farms — that we feel best represent each of the nine Best Picture hopefuls.
“Arrival” and Alien OG
“Arrival” is this year’s thought-provoking sci-fi darling. It has Amy Adams trying to communicate with alien visitors, so naturally we’re going with Alien OG for our first pick. It’s a hard-hitting indica-heavy hybrid that’ll take you to another planet. And if you can’t get enough of Denis Villeneuve doing sci-fi, take comfort in knowing the French Canadian director is at the helm for the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, and was just tapped to direct the long-awaited “Dune” remake.
“Fences” and Purple God
Willy Loman meets the biblical Job in “Fences,” adapted from August Wilson’s stage play of the same name. Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson, a character who’s coming to terms with the physical and emotional beatings he’s suffered throughout his life. He even goes as far as to say he’s bested the Grim Reaper in a fist fight. Purple God recalls Maxson’s struggles and triumphs during this film rife with timely themes.
“Hacksaw Ridge” and AK-47
Even though the AK-47 assault rifle was invented toward the end of WWII, it was never actually used by the United States armed forces during the war. But we still think it’s a perfect companion to “Hacksaw Ridge,” the inspiring true story of Army medic Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor. We’re sure you won’t object to the calming effects of the sativa-dominant AK-47, either.
“Hell or High Water” and Hellfire OG
There’s no other way to put it: “Hell or High Water” is a vicious hellscape that leaves little hope for anyone. Taylor Sheridan’s blistering, brutal screenplay sets the tone for this brilliantly acted and executed Western crime thriller. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster put on master acting classes that can only be truly appreciated alongside the euphoria-inducing Hellfire OG.
“Hidden Figures” and Space Queen
“Hidden Figures” is being called the dark horse of this year’s Best Picture bunch after its huge win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’s the true story of three badass women who, while working as mathematicians for NASA, calculated flight trajectories that led to the program’s first successful space missions. Queens. Of space. Space Queens.
“La La Land” and OG Kush
Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” is a love letter to a lot of things: jazz, old Hollywood musicals, and of course, Los Angeles. The seminal OG Kush has been a staple of the southern California cannabis scene for decades. It also contributes its prestigious lineage to several of our strains, including Blueberry Kush and Cinex. At last count, “La La Land” was the Best Picture frontrunner. It’s a feel-good movie just as OG is a feel-good strain.
“Lion” and Himalayan Gold
Dev Patel is back in Oscar-winning form as the real-life Saroo Brierley who, after being separated from his brother in Calcutta at the age of five, is thrust into survival mode, only to be adopted by an Australian family. Twenty-five years later, Saroo sets out to find his biological family. Much of the film takes place in the Indian state of West Bengal. While not technically bordering the Himalayas, the surrounding region still deserves a shoutout as the birthplace of the Himalayan Gold strain, whose parentage can be found in our White Gold.
“Manchester by the Sea” and White Widow
This one was a hard one to pair. “Manchester by the Sea” punches you in the gut from first to final frame. White Widow may seem like a heartless reference to the suffering that runs rampant through the film. But it’s actually the opposite. Because “Manchester by the Sea” can be a slow-burning bummer of a movie at times, you’re going to need an uplifting strain to get through it. Don’t let our summary dissuade you, however. It’s a beautiful, important film whose optimistic grace notes ultimately drown out the pain.
“Moonlight” and Blue Dream
If “La La Land” has a cutthroat rival, it’s “Moonlight.” The film was inspired by Tarell Alvin McCraney’s harrowing stage piece called “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” an autobiographical tale about growing up African-American and gay in 1980s Miami. The entire movie feels like a dream, not least of all because of its gorgeous cinematography. Blue Dream was the obvious choice here, and we’re sure you’ll agree.
In a year where the polarizing “Suicide Squad” also received a nod from the Academy, we couldn’t sign off without suggesting a Harley Quinn/Harlequin pairing. As you root for or cheer against Casey Affleck this year, give us a peek into your Oscars party using the hashtag #FindYourChalice on Instagram. Choose one or two of our pairings to fuel your fiesta or come up with your own. And don’t be surprised when “La La Land” wins everything.