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3rd Feb '16 6:35:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Biopic}} / BasedOnATrueStory films usually have Oscar in mind. The fact that many are {{Period Piece}}s just makes them more attractive. To put it into perspective, ''Film/{{Milk}}'', ''Film/FrostNixon'', ''Film/IntoTheWild'', ''Film/TheQueen'', ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'', ''Film/{{Capote}}'', ''Film/WalkTheLine'', ''Film/{{Munich}}'', ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck'', ''Film/{{Ray}}'', ''FindingNeverland'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Seabiscuit'', ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Film/TheHours'', ''Film/{{Frida}}'', ''Film/ABeautifulMind'', ''Film/{{Ali}}'', ''Film/{{Iris}}'', ''Film/ErinBrockovich'', ''Film/BeforeNightFalls'', ''Film/{{Pollock}}'' and ''Film/LaVieEnRose'' were all released during the decade after the TurnOfTheMillennium. This trend continues to this day, as films of this type like ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'', ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' tend to get a lot of buzz come Oscar season. On the other hand, 1999's ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' was Oscar Bait that didn't take with the Academy, possibly because the ComedyGhetto applied to both [[Creator/AndyKaufman subject]] ''and'' [[Creator/JimCarrey actor]].
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* {{Biopic}} / BasedOnATrueStory films usually have Oscar in mind. The fact that many are {{Period Piece}}s just makes them more attractive. To put it into perspective, ''Film/{{Milk}}'', ''Film/FrostNixon'', ''Film/IntoTheWild'', ''Film/TheQueen'', ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'', ''Film/{{Capote}}'', ''Film/WalkTheLine'', ''Film/{{Munich}}'', ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck'', ''Film/{{Ray}}'', ''FindingNeverland'', ''Film/FindingNeverland'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Seabiscuit'', ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Film/TheHours'', ''Film/{{Frida}}'', ''Film/ABeautifulMind'', ''Film/{{Ali}}'', ''Film/{{Iris}}'', ''Film/ErinBrockovich'', ''Film/BeforeNightFalls'', ''Film/{{Pollock}}'' and ''Film/LaVieEnRose'' were all released during the decade after the TurnOfTheMillennium. This trend continues to this day, as films of this type like ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'', ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' tend to get a lot of buzz come Oscar season. On the other hand, 1999's ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' was Oscar Bait that didn't take with the Academy, possibly because the ComedyGhetto applied to both [[Creator/AndyKaufman subject]] ''and'' [[Creator/JimCarrey actor]].
29th Jan '16 5:42:57 PM nombretomado
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* Massive advertising ''to members of the Academy'' of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the famed "For Your Consideration" ads). These campaigns got so out of hand in recent years that they may or may not have been a reason the Oscar ceremony was moved up to the end of February (instead of March): out of hopes that people would pay more attention to the films than the ads. (The main reason, of course, was to coincide with {{Sweeps}}.)
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* Massive advertising ''to members of the Academy'' of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the famed "For Your Consideration" ads). These campaigns got so out of hand in recent years that they may or may not have been a reason the Oscar ceremony was moved up to the end of February (instead of March): out of hopes that people would pay more attention to the films than the ads. (The main reason, of course, was to coincide with {{Sweeps}}.UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}.)
17th Jan '16 5:04:52 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' - a biopic about a World War II code breaker. It looked like it was going for the one-two punch of having its lead character be both gay and InspirationallyDisadvantaged. Although it got plenty of nominations, the only Oscar it won was for its screenplay. It's been suggested that the reason it didn't win anything else was because of ArtisticLicenceHistory to focus on the lead's AmbiguousDisorder (which the film exaggerated) and downplaying [[ButNotTooGay his homosexuality]]. * ''{{Film/Joy}}'' - an uplifting biopic in the same vein as ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' with a female empowerment message. To boot it starred Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, as well as nominee Bradley Cooper. It didn't seem to take, as the only nomination it got was Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress.
15th Jan '16 9:12:58 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite immense critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling and hidden themes, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Mad_Max:_Fury_Road It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders]], getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable.ever made. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite immense critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling and hidden themes, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Mad_Max:_Fury_Road It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders]], getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
15th Jan '16 9:12:20 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite immense critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling and hidden themes, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders, getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite immense critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling and hidden themes, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Mad_Max:_Fury_Road It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders, contenders]], getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
14th Jan '16 2:29:03 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite it's immense critical acclaim, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders, getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite it's immense critical acclaim, acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling and hidden themes, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders, getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
14th Jan '16 2:26:06 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies imaginable. It's a loud, explosive and unapologetic pure action movie comprised of essentially a two-hour long and nearly non-stop chase scene, with very little dialogue, the fourth film in a franchise, and released all the way back in May. Despite it's immense critical acclaim, few expected it to make much noise during awards season. It ended up being one of the most unexpected and biggest contenders, getting top nominations from almost every institution and winning a fair amount. The Oscars themselves ended up nominating it for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
5th Jan '16 9:34:46 PM pepsimax
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* Creator/DavidORussell's last three films (''Film/TheFighter'', ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' and ''Film/AmericanHustle'') are basically films designed to win Oscars with their blatant pandering to the mainstream audiences, premises based on Oscar-proven subject matter (the former and latter were based on true stories, the second was based on a book) casting popular actors in showy roles and to show Hollywood that he is no longer the ego-driven director who made his own cast and crew members hate him. This pandering has been mixed at best as despite three acting wins, Russell himself has not won an Oscar and none of the films won Best Picture (the last one went 0/10 at the ceremony).
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* Creator/DavidORussell's last three four films (''Film/TheFighter'', ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'', ''Film/AmericanHustle'', and ''Film/AmericanHustle'') ''Film/{{Joy}}'') are basically films designed to win Oscars with their blatant pandering to the mainstream audiences, premises based on Oscar-proven subject matter (the former and latter were based on true stories, the second was based on a book) casting popular actors in showy roles and to show Hollywood that he is no longer the ego-driven director who made his own cast and crew members hate him. This pandering has been mixed at best as despite three acting wins, Russell himself has not won an Oscar and none of the films won Best Picture (the last one went 0/10 at the ceremony).
30th Dec '15 4:37:14 PM hello86
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Spider-Man 2 won for Visual Effects.
* Best Animated Film winner ''Disney/BigHero6'' has grief, revenge and coming-of-age as central themes, has a sympathetic antagonist, is set in a ([[ButNotTooForeign semi-]])foreign locale, boasts a [[FiveRaces diverse cast of characters]] (the lead character is biracial), and has a [[TearJerker/BigHero6 sensationally moving climax]]. Yet at its core is a superhero film, which rarely wins major awards except in the technical categories, and it was an adaptation of a Marvel comic from UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, to boot. It was the first Marvel-related film to win any Oscar, and the first comic book movie to win any of the non-technical Oscars since the aforementioned ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' 6 years previously.
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* Best Animated Film winner ''Disney/BigHero6'' has grief, revenge and coming-of-age as central themes, has a sympathetic antagonist, is set in a ([[ButNotTooForeign semi-]])foreign locale, boasts a [[FiveRaces diverse cast of characters]] (the lead character is biracial), and has a [[TearJerker/BigHero6 sensationally moving climax]]. Yet at its core is a superhero film, which rarely wins major awards except in the technical categories, and it was an adaptation of a Marvel comic from UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, to boot. It was the first second Marvel-related film to win any Oscar, and the first comic book movie to win any of the non-technical Oscars since the aforementioned ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' 6 years previously.
28th Dec '15 4:13:04 PM twilicorn
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