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5th Sep '17 5:05:28 PM ading
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** In ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', Bugs pleads with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how the cold. He suddenly perks up and says, “Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!” Then he finishes “dying”, complete with mournful violins.

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** In ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', Bugs pleads with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how the cold. He suddenly perks up and says, “Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!” Then he finishes “dying”, complete with mournful violins.
4th Sep '17 12:37:24 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' centers around an inspirational Fourth of July where impoverished immigrants in Washington Heights win the lottery and struggle with issues of college debt, gentrification, and American identity. The characters angst over ''everything'', including (but not limited to): boatloads of UnresolvedSexualTension, the hypocrisy of TheAmericanDream, the expenses of living in the heights, and [[spoiler:the death of a beloved community member]]. Sprinkle in some modern, catchy infusions of hip-hop and salsa music, and you have a Tony-winning musical. It was nominated for thirteen categories, winning four (but none for writing).

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* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' centers around an inspirational Fourth of July where impoverished immigrants in Washington Heights win the lottery and struggle with issues of college debt, gentrification, and American identity. The characters angst over ''everything'', including (but not limited to): boatloads of UnresolvedSexualTension, the hypocrisy of TheAmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, the expenses of living in the heights, and [[spoiler:the death of a beloved community member]]. Sprinkle in some modern, catchy infusions of hip-hop and salsa music, and you have a Tony-winning musical. It was nominated for thirteen categories, winning four (but none for writing).
19th Aug '17 10:11:12 AM DesertDragon
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Such films are usually [[TrueArtIsAngsty depressing dramas]], {{Glurge}}y inspirational films, and examples of [[HumansAreBastards man’s inhumanity to man]] – as such, an abnormally large proportion of Oscar Bait films are set during UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. There’s also a big focus on mental illness or InspirationallyDisadvantaged characters. It’s rare for [[ComedyGhetto a comedy film to do well at the Oscars]]; [[SciFiGhetto sci-fi]] and horror don’t do much better, and [[AnimationAgeGhetto animated films]] were given their own categories once they flirted with pushing into the big leagues. It’s not a hard and fast rule; you might see a {{Dramedy}} or DarkComedy get a nomination, mostly because there’s still room for suffering.

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Such films are usually [[TrueArtIsAngsty depressing dramas]], {{Glurge}}y inspirational films, and examples of [[HumansAreBastards man’s inhumanity to man]] – as such, an abnormally large proportion of Oscar Bait films are set during UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. There’s also a big focus on mental illness or InspirationallyDisadvantaged characters. It’s rare for [[ComedyGhetto a comedy film to do well at the Oscars]]; Oscars]] (in fact, one of the biggest cliches of this trope is the comedic actor who takes a dramatic role to be Taken Seriously); [[SciFiGhetto sci-fi]] and horror don’t do much better, and [[AnimationAgeGhetto animated films]] were given their own categories once they flirted with pushing into the big leagues. It’s not a hard and fast rule; you might see a {{Dramedy}} or DarkComedy get a nomination, mostly because there’s still room for suffering.
12th Aug '17 5:39:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** Many of DavidCrononberg's fans were dissapointed when his films became this trope starting with ''ADangerousMethod''-A biopic on Sigmund Freud which received positive reviews but did poorly at the box-office and received no attention from the Oscars. His follow-up film ''Cosmopolis'' bombed in it's limited release, making less then a million dollars in the U.S.(and only averaging 5 million worldwide) and was criticized for being overly pretentious(with Robert Pattinson's performance in particular being derided for being wooden), it too was ignored by the Oscars.

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** * Many of DavidCrononberg's Creator/DavidCronenberg's fans were dissapointed when his films became this trope starting with ''ADangerousMethod''-A ''Film/ADangerousMethod''--A biopic on Sigmund Freud UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud which received positive reviews but did poorly at the box-office and received no attention from the Oscars. His follow-up film ''Cosmopolis'' ''Film/{{Cosmopolis}}'' bombed in it's its limited release, making less then a million dollars in the U.S. (and only averaging 5 million worldwide) and was criticized for being overly pretentious(with Robert Pattinson's pretentious (with Creator/RobertPattinson's performance in particular being derided for being wooden), it too was ignored by the Oscars.
31st Jul '17 2:07:09 PM Medinoc
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* ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' has the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cBV8KFFasY Warren G. Harding biopic]] starring a wax sculpture thereof and Oscar-nominated actors.
31st Jul '17 1:58:45 PM Medinoc
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The phenomenon isn’t exclusive to the Oscars, either; on TV it’s “Emmy Bait”, on Broadway it’s “Tony Bait”, and in music it’s “Grammy Bait”. See also DeathByNewberyMedal and AwardBaitSong.

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The phenomenon isn’t exclusive to the Oscars, either; on TV it’s “Emmy Bait”, on Broadway it’s “Tony Bait”, and in music it’s “Grammy Bait”. See also DeathByNewberyMedal and AwardBaitSong.
AwardBaitSong. Contrast ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars.
28th Jul '17 12:47:10 PM ExeloMinish
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* To quote ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'', ''[[Film/Moonlight2016 Moonlight]]'' is about "a young [checkmark], black [checkmark], gay [checkmark] man struggles to escape from poverty [checkmark] and drug addiction [checkmark] told across three decades [checkmark]. Based on a play [checkmark] based on the life story of its author [checkmark]." So, yes, it won Best Picture.

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* To quote ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'', ''[[Film/Moonlight2016 Moonlight]]'' is about "a young [checkmark], black [checkmark], gay [checkmark] man struggles to escape from poverty [checkmark] and drug addiction [checkmark] told across three decades [checkmark]. Based on a play [checkmark] based on the life story of its author [checkmark]." So, yes, it won Best Picture. Its "best pal" ''Film/LaLaLand'' also caught some flak for pandering very heavily to the Oscar-nominating audience, being a movie all about how awesome Hollywood is.
22nd Jul '17 8:36:07 PM PaulA
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** In ''Road to Bali'', Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart won for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''. Hope points out that Crosby already has an Oscar, snatches the trophy from him, and begins making an acceptance speech. (While Hope was never nominated for a competitive Oscar, he did win four Honorary Oscars and hosted the show a recorded fourteen times.)

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** In ''Road to Bali'', ''Film/RoadToBali'', Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart won for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''. Hope points out that Crosby already has an Oscar, snatches the trophy from him, and begins making an acceptance speech. (While Hope was never nominated for a competitive Oscar, he did win four Honorary Oscars and hosted the show a recorded fourteen times.)
22nd Jul '17 11:32:56 AM jamespolk
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* Physical disability can get you an Oscar. This is what got Creator/JamieFoxx a win for ''Film/{{Ray}}'', Creator/AlPacino for ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'', and Creator/DanielDayLewis for ''Film/MyLeftFoot''. Even Creator/JohnWayne got his only Oscar this way, by playing the half-blind Marshall Rooster Cogburn in ''Film/TrueGrit''.

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* Physical disability can get you an Oscar. This is what got Creator/JamieFoxx a win for ''Film/{{Ray}}'', Creator/AlPacino for ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'', and Creator/DanielDayLewis for ''Film/MyLeftFoot''. Even Creator/JohnWayne got his only Oscar this way, by playing the half-blind Marshall Rooster Cogburn in ''Film/TrueGrit''. The TropeMaker for this sub-category is probably Jane Wyman, winning the gold statuette for playing a deaf woman in ''Film/JohnnyBelinda''.



* 1931 film ''Film/{{Skippy}}'' was an unexceptional little family movie about a nine-year-old boy who gets into mischief. Somehow it got four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jackie Cooper (the youngest nominee ever), and it ''won'' Best Director for Norman Taurog. Even more amazing? It was based on a newspaper comic strip, making it to this day the only movie based on a comic strip, comic book, or graphic novel to ever get nominated.



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', against all odds, found its way out of the AnimationAgeGhetto and wound up being nominated for Best Picture in 1991. It didn’t win, but this in itself was an ''incredible'' feat (which Creator/{{Disney}} would futilely try to replicate).

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', against all odds, found its way out of the AnimationAgeGhetto and wound up being nominated for Best Picture in 1991. It didn’t win, but this in itself was an ''incredible'' feat (which Creator/{{Disney}} would futilely try to replicate). It is the only animated feature to ever get nominated from when the field was five movies (''Toy Story 3'' and ''Up'' got nods after the field was expanded to 8-10 movies).



* ''Film/Titanic1997'' was unusual in that it wasn’t meant to be Oscar Bait -- just a dream project that was supposed to be committed to the screen. People latched onto it, and it won almost everything.

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* ''Film/Titanic1997'' ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' was unusual in that it wasn’t meant to be Oscar Bait -- just a dream project that was supposed to be committed to the screen. People latched onto it, and it won almost everything.



** At the end of ''Road to Morocco'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting as if they’ve been stranded there for weeks. Then the camera pans up to reveal the New York City skyline. Creator/BingCrosby’s character tells him to calm down, to which Hope bitterly remarks that they’ve ruined his chance for an Academy Award.

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** At the end of ''Road to Morocco'', ''Film/RoadToMorocco'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting as if they’ve been stranded there for weeks. Then the camera pans up to reveal the New York City skyline. Creator/BingCrosby’s character tells him to calm down, to which Hope bitterly remarks that they’ve ruined his chance for an Academy Award.
1st Jul '17 3:13:46 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a strange case; although it is fantasy, it was also adapted from one of literature’s most important and ground-breaking fantasy works, and it was also a huge spectacle that changed the game in epic filmmaking. But what was truly unexpected was for ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' to ''sweep'' its Awards -- perhaps its wins were meant to be for the trilogy as a whole, but that is still a phenomenal accomplishment for a fantasy film series.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a strange case; although it is fantasy, it was also adapted from one of literature’s most important and ground-breaking fantasy works, and it was also a huge spectacle that changed the game in epic filmmaking. But what was truly unexpected was for ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' to ''sweep'' its Awards -- perhaps its wins were meant to be for the trilogy as a whole, whole (they were all filmed at the same time and released over three years), but that is still a phenomenal accomplishment for a fantasy film series.
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