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5th Dec '17 7:59:45 AM Ghilz
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* Variation on the above: Films about film-making and acting or who include Hollywood and the film industry as a part of their setting such as ''Film/TheArtist'', ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' and ''Film/LaLaLand''.
3rd Nov '17 3:17:01 PM jamespolk
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** It’s particularly prominent in the Best Documentary Feature category. From 1995 to 2000, three of the five winners directly involved the Holocaust (''Anne Frank Remembered'', ''The Final Days'', and ''Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport'') – and another was about post-WWII Jewish refugees.

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** It’s particularly prominent in the Best Documentary Feature category. From 1995 to 2000, three of the five winners directly involved the Holocaust (''Anne Frank Remembered'', ''The Final Days'', and ''Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport'') – and another was about post-WWII Jewish refugees. (See also the 1981 winner, ''Genocide'').
** Holocaust-themed foreign language films that have won the Foreign Language award include ''Film/TheShopOnMainStreet'', the aforementioned ''Life is Beautiful'', ''Film/TheCounterfeiters'', and ''Film/SonOfSaul''.
** Short films about the Holocaust that have won the Short Film prize include ''Film/VisasAndVirtue'' and ''Film/{{Toyland}}''.
29th Oct '17 12:45:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' started as total Tony Bait and moved into Oscar Bait with its film adaptation. It’s about the Catholic altar-boy pedophile abuse scandal, which was RippedFromTheHeadlines. The young victim is also [[CivilRightsMovement the first black student in an otherwise white school]], who [[{{Gayngst}} may or may not be gay as well]] (and his father [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff is not happy]]). It won multiple Tonys, including Best Play and Best Actress. The film version stars Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman, Creator/AmyAdams, and Creator/MerylStreep -- an Oscar-winning machine if there ever was one.

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* ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' started as total Tony Bait and moved into Oscar Bait with its film adaptation. It’s about the Catholic altar-boy pedophile abuse scandal, which was RippedFromTheHeadlines. The young victim is also [[CivilRightsMovement [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement the first black student in an otherwise white school]], who [[{{Gayngst}} may or may not be gay as well]] (and his father [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff is not happy]]). It won multiple Tonys, including Best Play and Best Actress. The film version stars Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman, Creator/AmyAdams, and Creator/MerylStreep -- an Oscar-winning machine if there ever was one.
6th Oct '17 10:17:01 AM twilicorn
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* ''Film/TheDeparted'' was gritty, violent, and serious, but it was also not a war movie, very profane (relative to most Oscar Bait), and otherwise didn’t touch on Oscar-baity subjects. And it won Best Picture. It was directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, who had previously whiffed on the more baity ''Film/TheAviator'' and ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' -- although this led some observers to believe that its win was a “lifetime achievement” Oscar to make up for Scorsese not winning for previous line of work.

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* ''Film/TheDeparted'' was gritty, violent, and serious, but it was also not a war movie, very profane (relative to most Oscar Bait), and otherwise didn’t touch on Oscar-baity subjects. And it won Best Picture. It was directed by Creator/MartinScorsese, who had previously whiffed on the more baity ''Film/TheAviator'' and ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' -- although this led some observers to believe that its win was a [[ConsolationAward “lifetime achievement” Oscar Oscar]] to make up for Scorsese not winning for previous line of work.
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.
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