COUNTER-BASED KERNELS: It's funny to us that we rarely hear about popcorn being a centerpiece at Oscar parties. Cocktails, sure; appetizers, of course. But rarely is the main food associated with a darkened theater on the TV-close coffee table. That could change. You could do the ALL popcorn Oscar party. Toppings aplenty. There are plenty of ways to heat a corn kernel, but we're tempted by this Cuisinart Easy-Pop deal. BECAUSE: Easy-Pop is in the name. We found it for $59.95, at Williams-Sonoma.