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26th Apr '17 11:21:27 AM Kitchen90
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* WebOriginal/EddieAtTheLMV advertised a game called "Oscar Movie Bingo" which determined what movies released each year would more likely get nominated/win an Oscar. Rules included being "based on a true story", longer than 2 hours, and/or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking one of the highest-grossing films of the year.]] The latter was more a reluctant add-on, much like Eddie's thoughts on past movies that had been nominated for it.



* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony’s attempts to avoid “giving in to the madness” (''i.e.'' his EnemyWithin Dr. Insano). He’s dramatic enough about it to frequently engage in HamToHamCombat about it.

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* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony’s attempts to avoid “giving in to the madness” (''i.e.'' his EnemyWithin Dr. Insano). He’s dramatic enough about it to frequently engage He even engages in HamToHamCombat about with it.
22nd Apr '17 7:34:40 PM vexer
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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.
14th Apr '17 3:54:29 PM Argon2
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** When Marge Simpson attends the Sundance film festival, she discovers that ''all'' the films on display are extremely depressing (including themes like underprivileged transvestites, underprivileged hippies, and Chernobyl) and most of them have ironically upbeat titles.
14th Apr '17 1:23:26 AM CL
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* ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]] includes a scene at the Oscar ceremony, where all the films were ridiculously HighConcept, like “the story of one woman’s triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster,” and “the story of one woman’s triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971.”

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* ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]] 1/3]]'' includes a scene at the Oscar ceremony, where all the films were ridiculously HighConcept, like “the story of one woman’s triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster,” and “the story of one woman’s triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971.”



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain whose EvilPlan is to make a film that’s such a {{tearjerker}}, it will kill anyone who watches it. That film, ''Oscar Gold'', is about a mentally challenged Jewish boy [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by his puppy during the Holocaust, all while hiding from the Nazis in an attic like Anne Frank. And it’s DeliberatelyMonochrome. When that fails, he tries to go even sadder -- six hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Greg and Terry decide to film Stan as he searches for Oliver North's gold in "Stanny Slickers 2: The Legend of Ollie's Gold":
--> '''Terry:''' We are a lock for an Oscar if there isn't a documentary about [[Film/MarchOfThePenguins penguins]] or genocide this year.
--> '''Greg:''' [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or penguin genocide.]]
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In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain whose EvilPlan is to make a film that’s such a {{tearjerker}}, it will kill anyone who watches it. That film, ''Oscar Gold'', is about a mentally challenged Jewish boy [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by his puppy during the Holocaust, all while hiding from the Nazis in an attic like Anne Frank. And it’s DeliberatelyMonochrome. When that fails, he tries to go even sadder -- six hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.
6th Apr '17 12:37:22 PM sydhighwind
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* Creator/AngelinaJolie's 2014 World War II biopic, ''Film/{{Unbroken}}'', was a shamelessly heavy-handed example. It was BasedOnATrueStory, had an [[AllStarCast All-Star Crew]] and even came out on Christmas Day. However, while most critic reviews praised the actors (''especially'' Jack O'Connell), bthey were all too aware of Jolie's intentions with the film and strongly criticized her for taking too long to tell the story, focusing on the blatant pandering for Oscar potential rather than the film, and drawing too many parallels between Zamperini and [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]]. and it only recieved three nominations in total: Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
** Her films ''By the Sea'' (2015) and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)'' also qualify, and neither fared as well as ''Unbroken'' did. ''By the Sea'' and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' were BoxOfficeBombs that were ''destroyed'' by critics, with ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' only earning one Golden Globe nomination.

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* Creator/AngelinaJolie's 2014 World War II biopic, ''Film/{{Unbroken}}'', was a shamelessly heavy-handed example. It was BasedOnATrueStory, had an [[AllStarCast All-Star Crew]] and even came out on Christmas Day. However, while most critic reviews praised the actors (''especially'' Jack O'Connell), bthey they were all too aware of Jolie's intentions with the film and strongly criticized her for taking too long to tell the story, focusing on the blatant pandering for Oscar potential rather than the film, and drawing too many parallels between Zamperini and [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]]. and it It only recieved three nominations in total: Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
** Her films ''By the Sea'' (2015) and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)'' also qualify, and neither fared as well as ''Unbroken'' did. ''By the Sea'' and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' were BoxOfficeBombs [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Bombs]] that were ''destroyed'' by critics, with ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' only earning one Golden Globe nomination.
6th Apr '17 12:34:31 PM sydhighwind
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* Creator/AngelinaJolie's 2014 World War II biopic, ''Film/{{Unbroken}}'', was a shamelessly heavy-handed example. It was BasedOnATrueStory, had an [[AllStarCast All-Star Crew]] and even came out on Christmas Day. However, while most critic reviews praised the actors (''especially'' Jack O'Connell), bthey were all too aware of Jolie's intentions with the film and strongly criticized her for taking too long to tell the story, focusing on the blatant pandering for Oscar potential rather than the film, and drawing too many parallels between Zamperini and [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]]. and it only recieved three nominations in total: Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
** Her films ''By the Sea'' (2015) and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)'' also qualify, and neither fared as well as ''Unbroken'' did. ''By the Sea'' and ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' were BoxOfficeBombs that were ''destroyed'' by critics, with ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' only earning one Golden Globe nomination.
28th Mar '17 12:10:14 AM major-kumquat
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* Creator/DavidFincher has tried this off and on ever since ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton''. His next film was ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', which got pretty badly out-baited by ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. Then he did ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'', which he backed out of campaigning out of his belief that the film has “too much anal rape” (not that this stopped other films, like ''Film/PulpFiction'' or ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''). And he followed that up with ''Film/GoneGirl'', which got a single nomination for Creator/RosamondPike in spite of it being one of the most praised films of 2014.

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* Creator/DavidFincher has tried this off and on ever since ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton''. His next film was ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', which got pretty badly out-baited by ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. Then he did ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'', which he backed out of campaigning out of his belief that the film has “too much anal rape” (not that this stopped other films, like ''Film/PulpFiction'' or ''Film/{{Deliverance}}''). And he followed that up with ''Film/GoneGirl'', which got a single nomination for Creator/RosamondPike Creator/RosamundPike in spite of it being one of the most praised films of 2014.
25th Mar '17 5:17:37 PM WaterBlap
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The OscarBait trope is so pervasive that it defines the formula that wins Oscars. When a different kind of film wins big, and no one else can replicate that success, it’s worth noting.

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The OscarBait Oscar Bait trope is so pervasive that it defines the formula that wins Oscars. When a different kind of film wins big, and no one else can replicate that success, it’s worth noting.
23rd Mar '17 3:20:30 PM DragonRanger
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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': In the third segment of Linkara’s ''History of Series/PowerRangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake. They run down the pier in slow motion with inspirational music. Linkara responds by putting “Oscar Clip” at the bottom of the screen. (And it turns out the lake was knee-deep and the children were just playing.)

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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': In the third segment of Linkara’s ''History of Series/PowerRangers'' [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]’s ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series, he shows a clip of [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Bulk and Skull Skull]] trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake. They run down the pier in slow motion with inspirational music. Linkara responds by putting “Oscar Clip” "Oscar Clip" at the bottom of the screen. (And it turns out the lake was knee-deep and the children were just playing.)
18th Mar '17 7:20:30 PM teleramdude
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** This phenomenon was referenced in ''Series/{{Extras}}'', where Creator/KateWinslet’s character notes that the best way to win an Oscar was to play in a Holocaust movie. Winslet herself then tried (but failed) to win an Oscar doing exactly that in ''Film/TheReader'', and Creator/RickyGervais did not let her forget it.

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** This phenomenon was referenced in ''Series/{{Extras}}'', where Creator/KateWinslet’s character notes that the best way to win an Oscar was to play in a Holocaust movie. Amusingly, Winslet herself then tried (but failed) to win later won an Oscar doing exactly that in for Best Actress for ''Film/TheReader'', and Creator/RickyGervais did not let her forget it. which was about the Holocaust.
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