With 2021’s box office revenue nearly 60% below pre-pandemic levels but the 94th Academy Awards just a few days away, WalletHub released its 2022 Oscars Facts report, which includes an some fun facts about the event I certainly didn’t know!

Did you know the total cost of the Oscars ceremony is $42.9 million?! And how about that 50,000 square foot red carpet your favorite actors and actresses walk down? That costs $24,700. $400 is the current cost of the 24 karat gold plated Oscar statuette.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • $10M: Cost of the look for an A-list actress attending the Oscars.
  • 28%: Share of this year’s Oscar nominees who are women (lowest percentage in three years).
  • 1st time: The Oscars telecast will have a host in four years (Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer will split the hosting duties).

Whether you’re going all out and hosting your own Oscars party or going to be watching the show solo, enjoy these Oscars-inspired cocktails, created by Mike Podlogar, the Director of the Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Program at Boardroom Spirits, an award-winning distillery in Lansdale, PA. Order online for free state-wide shipping on all orders over $75, with local delivery available in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Don’t forget to tune in all weekend long to BEN Loves The Movies Weekend to hear all your favorite movie tunes ahead of the Oscars Sunday night.

  • Nightmare Alley - Carnival Corpse Reviver

    Processed with Focos

    2 oz American Dry Gin
    .25 oz Absinthe
    .75 oz Lemon Juice
    .75 oz Simple Syrup
    English Cucumber

    Method:

    Cut ¼ cup of medium-sized chunks of cucumber and combine all ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend to desired consistency and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon swath or a fresh cucumber slice.

    We thought this drink was fitting for the time period and for the characters. Enjoy our eclectic version of this classic “hangover cure.”

  • Licorice Pizza - Licorice Citrus Twist

    2 oz Citrus Vodka
    1 oz Triple Sec
    0.5 oz Clementine Juice
    .75 Licorice Simple Syrup

    Method:

    Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with an orange peel and thyme.

    Inspired by the name of the film and its location in sunny California, this cocktail is a vibe.

  • Dune - Spice Cowboy

    2 oz Spiced Rum
    2 oz Orange Juice
    2 oz Pineapple Juice
    1/2 oz Lime Juice
    Dash of grenadine
    Cherry, to garnish

    Method:

    Pour all ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

    He who controls the spice controls the universe. For this cocktail, we put a spicy twist on a traditional Hurricane.