The Oscars 2018 will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday March 4. This year marks the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony.
A lot has changed since the first ceremony took place back in 1929 - but the essential movie snacks we reach for have always been part of the magic of cinema. The most iconic of these, of course, is popcorn.
Corn has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years (long before the Lumière brothers held the world's first commercial screening) - and it's said that our delight in popped kernels of corn dates back as far as 3600 BC.
The first patent for a microwave popcorn bag to use at home was issued in 1981, but until recently, fans have made do with plain, salty, sweet or (if they're really adventurous) toffee-flavoured popcorn.
But now a whole new range of ready-puffed "gourmet" popcorn brands have hit the shelves. Sales of popcorn reached an estimated £129 million in 2015 as the popularity of crisps fell, and it's no longer a treat reserved solely for children's sleepovers or the cinema.
British women between the ages of 25 and 44 are eating 45.7 per cent more popcorn than in 2014. The average Brit now eats crisps, nuts or popcorn seven times a week. But whether or not it's a healthier alternative is up for debate: while there are many low-calorie options out there, it pays to check the label for nutritional value and to look at the fat, salt and sugar content carefully (some even blame the rise of popcorn consumption for dental problems).
While some obviously gluttonous products are made with buttermilk and covered in chocolate, others are touted as dairy-free, gluten free or MSG free, and are cooked only in coconut oil.
To help you sort the gimmicks (pecan pie, kale and Marmite) from the taste sensations (wasabi and espresso martini), we blind tested a selection of the latest sweet, salted and novelty gourmet popcorn products, judging them for taste and texture.
Whether you're rooting for The Post, Lady Bird or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to scoop a gong - or merely hankering after a tasty mid-morning snack - there's a packet of ready-popped "poshcorn" here waiting for you.
1. Planet Organic 'Cheezy Kale' popcorn
The green coating and vegetal aroma of spirulina and pea protein powders may be off-putting to some. It tastes of little except a touch of salt; the cheese and kale aren't easily discernible. It's not greasy or oily, and benefits from being popped in coconut oil. However, it wasn't quite crunchy enough, and proved to be a little too soft, squeaky and bland for our liking.
2. M&S hazelnut and cinnamon latte popcorn
£1.50 for 175g, Marks and Spencer
This richly, dark caramel-coloured popcorn is covered in white chocolate. Decadent and indulgent, it has a buttery crunch - but it's not too sickly. While it was the firm favourite of our most sweet-toothed judge, it must be said that it tastes more strongly of toffee and white chocolate than coffee and hazelnut.
This popcorn boasts a glossy toffee glaze. The crackle of the toffee coating balances well with a touch of salt. Thoroughly enjoyable - but only subtly pecan pie-like: we felt it could be nuttier.
4. Ten Acre "Cousin Maisie's" fennel and lemon popcorn
Chiming with the trend for botanical and floral ice creams and yogurts, Ten Acre has introduced a fennel and lemon popcorn - to add to their wasabi popcorn (trust us, it packs a horseradish-esque punch), and more traditional sour cream and chive offering.
The fennel and lemon popcorn is green, grassy and summery in aroma, sour and tart in flavour. While not a classic for a late-night movie, it would be a perfect addition to a picnic in a park. At any rate, a fabulous rogue addition to the shopping list.
5. Sugarfina dark chocolate and sea salt caramel popcorn
The promising waft of cocoa emanates from this gilded packet. It's entirely coated in smooth, wonderful chocolate, it's popcorn-like in shape, and the caramel, bitter cocoa and touch of sea salt are finely balanced - but is it really popcorn? There's not enough crunch or rough, corny texture for it to be described as popcorn in the traditional sense, but we weren't complaining. Guaranteed to impress on date night.
A pleasing freshly popped corn aroma emanates from this packet as soon you crack it open. The corn is lightly coloured, and is dusted with the perfect amount of salt. It's good enough to decant and serve to guests, as well as to eat from the packet during a film. Our only criticism would be that it might benefit from just a touch more crunch.
7. Lidl 'Snaktastic' sweet and salted popcorn
This popcorn immediately impressed with its subtle, well-distributed balance of sweet and salt. There's nothing fussy about it: a classic done well, it would go down well with the kids as well as the adults.
8. Profusion 'turmeric cinnamon spice' organic popcorn
The aroma of this well-spiced offering, reminiscent of a warming cup of chai, immediately piqued the interest of taste buds - though the fluorescent yellow colour wasn't quite so appealing. It has a a satisfying crunch, but both colour and flavour are distributed unevenly throughout. It's not quite sweet enough though, and the cinnamon notes could be stronger.
9. Metcalfe's "Skinny Popcorn Sweet 'n Salt"
This inoffensive popcorn was more sweet than salty, and erred on the side of blandness. The majority of kernels were slightly too soft. An average-tasting product that didn't blow us away when it came down to taste and texture.
This glistening toffee coating was appealing, but sadly the lime flavour was overpowering, with one taste tester reporting that the tequila and lime combination reminded them slightly of detergent. Meanwhile, the toffee stuck to the teeth. The association between lime and tequila means it does bear a fair resemblance in flavour to a tequila slammer. A fun gift for a birthday, but not an everyday snack.
11. Propercorn fiery Worcester and sun-dried tomato popcorn
This packet of wonderfully fluffy, pretty popcorn tastes like a mixture of Monster Munch and Bloody Mary. The spice is pleasantly punchy. We also tried the sweet coconut and vanilla flavour from Proper Corn, which had a strong coconut aroma and was overwhelmingly buttery.
12. Pop Works and Company "Drizzled Delights" milk chocolate and caramel popcorn
This sickly confection is far too sweet and the chocolate coating is poor in quality. It's an unnecessary addition to already sweet toffee popcorn. However, the texture is passable. We also tried the Pop Works toffee apple popcorn (£1 for 110g, Ocado). It tastes like pick 'n' mix candy (think artificial fruit flavouring rather than real toffee apples). We uppishly declared it "not gourmet enough" for us. However, it scored high on crunch - and the very sweet-toothed may find it a delight.
Joe & Seph's have a huge range of flavours on their books - but our favourite proved to be the smooth caramel, pepper and chilli popcorn. It's quite the tasting journey, with the sweetness of the caramel closely followed by a peppery kick and rounded off with a pleasantly intense burn from the chilli. Truly addictive.
Meanwhile, the Joe & Seph's infamous Joe and Seph's Marmite popcorn was declared "not a patch on Twiglets". Joe and Seph's also offer a gin and tonic popcorn (£3.95 for 70g, Harvey Nichols), which we had high hopes for - but unfortunately it wasn't sufficiently G&T-like in flavour for our liking. The Joe and Seph's Espresso Martini popcorn (£4 for 75g), however, also won plaudits for its winning coffee and caramel combination.