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15th Jul '16 4:34:32 PM twilicorn
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies ever made. It's the fourth film in a franchise that never saw ''any'' Oscar attention before. 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, and was 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. Out of those ten, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments it took home]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies ever made. It's the fourth film in a franchise [[Film/MadMax franchise]] that never saw ''any'' Oscar attention before. 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, and was 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. Out of those ten, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments it took home]] It ended up taking home the most trophies that year, with]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''



* The film version of ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' is a horror movie and is thought of as nothing but. It got two Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. It's one of the most successful adaptations of a Stephen King horror novel ever.

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* The film version of 1976 ''{{Literature/Carrie}}'' is a horror movie and is thought of as nothing but. It However, it got two acting Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. It's one of Laurie back in the most successful adaptations of a Stephen King horror novel ever.day.
13th Jul '16 1:21:40 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies 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. Out of those ten, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments it took home]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies ever made. It's the fourth film in a franchise that never saw ''any'' Oscar attention before. 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 was 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. Out of those ten, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments it took home]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''
1st Jul '16 3:40:30 PM twilicorn
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* Then there's the tried-and-true method of [[WhiteMansBurden a privileged white character benevolently helping an underprivileged minority.]] Examples include ''Film/GranTorino'', ''Film/TheBlindSide'', ''Film/FreedomWriters'', ''Film/GloryRoad'', and ''Film/DangerousMinds'' (although of these five only Sandra Bullock won for the second named).

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* Then there's the tried-and-true method of [[WhiteMansBurden a privileged white character benevolently helping an underprivileged minority.]] Examples include ''Film/GranTorino'', ''Film/TheBlindSide'', ''Film/FreedomWriters'', ''Film/GloryRoad'', ''Film/TheSoloist'' and ''Film/DangerousMinds'' (although of these five six only Sandra Bullock won for the second named).
28th Jun '16 6:03:18 PM Adept
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** It took Creator/StevenSpielberg until 1993 to win the Best Director Oscar that he so coveted. I repeat: it took ''Creator/StevenSpielberg 19'' years and 14 movies to win his first Oscar for Best Director. The movie that finally put him over the top? ''Film/SchindlersList''.

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** It took Creator/StevenSpielberg Steven Spielberg until 1993 to win the Best Director Oscar that he so coveted. I repeat: it took ''Creator/StevenSpielberg 19'' That's ''19'' years and 14 movies to win his first Oscar for Best Director. The movie that finally put him over the top? ''Film/SchindlersList''.



* Several reviews use the term itself in reference to Creator/StevenSpielberg's 2011 film version of ''Literature/WarHorse''. The film's bombastic, overwrought trailer provoked a similar reaction from many moviegoers even before its release.

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* Several reviews use the term itself in reference to Creator/StevenSpielberg's Steven Spielberg's 2011 film version of ''Literature/WarHorse''. The film's bombastic, overwrought trailer provoked a similar reaction from many moviegoers even before its release.



* The joint StevenSpielberg-OprahWinfrey project ''Film/TheHundredFootJourney''. A film about ''chefs''. Chef ''families''. Two chef families--one French, one from India--initially rivals who eventually learn to put aside their differences and work together. Meanwhile, the son in the Indian family aspires to be a great Parisian chef himself--and achieves his dreams, but comes back to his family. Oscar Bait, through and through. No nominations.

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* The joint StevenSpielberg-OprahWinfrey Steven Spielberg-Oprah Winfrey project ''Film/TheHundredFootJourney''. A film about ''chefs''. Chef ''families''. Two chef families--one French, one from India--initially rivals who eventually learn to put aside their differences and work together. Meanwhile, the son in the Indian family aspires to be a great Parisian chef himself--and achieves his dreams, but comes back to his family. Oscar Bait, through and through. No nominations.
24th Jun '16 5:33:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''TinyToonAdventures'': In "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", when Buster pretends to suffocate in the cage Elmyra put him in, Hamton shows up to him an award for "Best Death in Daytime Television".

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* ''TinyToonAdventures'': ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': In "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", when Buster pretends to suffocate in the cage Elmyra put him in, Hamton shows up to him an award for "Best Death in Daytime Television".
14th Jun '16 9:09:10 PM PaulA
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** The last horror film to win one of the top awards (and ''only'' one prior to ''Silence'') was ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde'', for which Creator/FredricMarch won Best Actor...in 1932!

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** The last horror film to win one of the top awards (and ''only'' one prior to ''Silence'') was ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde'', ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931'', for which Creator/FredricMarch won Best Actor...in 1932!
13th Jun '16 7:22:46 PM dmcreif
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** This trend was mercilessly spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star Tugg Speedman (Creator/BenStiller) previously made a transparently Oscar Bait movie called ''Simple Jack'', about a mentally challenged farm hand. The film-within-a-film was a total box office bomb, and called one of the worst films of all time. Creator/RobertDowneyJr.'s character later explains to him that the successful Oscar Bait films described above worked because the actors didn't go, in his words, "full retard", instead playing their characters as more mildly challenged in order to fish for awards without alienating the audience.

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** This trend was mercilessly spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg Speedman (Creator/BenStiller) Speedman]] previously made a transparently Oscar Bait movie called ''Simple Jack'', about a mentally challenged farm hand. The film-within-a-film was a total box office bomb, and called one of the worst films of all time. Creator/RobertDowneyJr.'s character [[Creator/RobertDowneyJr Kirk Lazarus]] later explains to him that the successful Oscar Bait films described above worked because the actors didn't go, in his words, "full retard", instead playing their characters as more mildly challenged in order to fish for awards without alienating the audience.



--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check it out. DustinHoffman, ''RainMan'', look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not retarded. You know Creator/TomHanks, ''Film/ForrestGump''. Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. Creator/PeterSellers, ''Film/BeingThere''. Infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Creator/SeanPenn, 2001, ''Film/IAmSam''. Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...

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--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check it out. DustinHoffman, ''RainMan'', ''Film/RainMan'', look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not retarded. You know Creator/TomHanks, ''Film/ForrestGump''. Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded. Creator/PeterSellers, ''Film/BeingThere''. Infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't buy that? Ask Creator/SeanPenn, 2001, ''Film/IAmSam''. Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...



** Danced with by Creator/AnneHathaway, who won an Oscar after looking terrible- emaciated, near-shaven headed, filthy and apparently toothless (though still with good diction, naturally) in ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', although her character started off beautiful before poverty destroyed her.

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** Danced with by Creator/AnneHathaway, who won an Oscar after looking terrible- emaciated, near-shaven headed, filthy and apparently toothless (though still with good diction, naturally) in ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', although her character Fantine started off beautiful before poverty destroyed her.
5th Jun '16 4:55:33 PM PhoenixAvalon
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* ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'': Serious drama featuring a disadvantaged main character (orphan), who suffers several tragedies. Also features WWII. Another major character becomes disabled. Finally, the major character encounters a situation in which he has a morality struggle and eventually discards his traditional ethics. Serious ending, albeit perhaps not a downer as such. Two Oscars and numerous additional nominations.

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* ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'': Serious drama featuring a disadvantaged main character (orphan), who suffers several tragedies. Also features WWII. Another major character becomes disabled. Finally, the major character encounters a situation in which he has a morality struggle and eventually discards his traditional ethics. Serious ending, albeit perhaps not a downer as such. Two Oscars and numerous additional nominations.
3rd Jun '16 12:01:34 AM RobTan
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* ''Film/TheRevenant'', aka ''Just Give [=DiCaprio=] His Oscar Already''. Fictionalised historical drama about the true story of a man struggling to overcome the harsh elements and take revenge for the death of his totally fictional son; everything shown in excruciating, realistic detail; gritty, washed out colour pallet; lingering, beautiful establishing shots; minimal sound design with long periods of silence; and Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio method acting himself half to death (see above). It also follows the typical Academy tradition of giving awards to those who are "due" them rather than rewarding them for recent work; [=DiCaprio's=] constant [[AwardSnub Award Snubs]] despite starring in [[Film/Titanic1997 some of]] [[Film/TheDeparted the]] [[Film/{{Inception}} biggest and]] [[Film/DjangoUnchained most critically]] [[Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet acclaimed films]] of the last three decades was a RunningGag in Hollywood, but he eventually won "Best Actor" with an angsty biopic rather than any of his [[SummerBlockbuster Summer Blockbusters]].

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* ''Film/TheRevenant'', aka ''Just Give [=DiCaprio=] His Oscar Already''. Fictionalised historical drama about the true story of a man struggling to overcome the harsh elements and take revenge for the death of his totally fictional son; everything shown in excruciating, realistic detail; gritty, washed out colour pallet; lingering, beautiful establishing shots; minimal sound design with long periods of silence; and Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio method acting himself half to death (see above). It also follows the typical Academy tradition of giving awards to those who are "due" them rather than rewarding them for recent work; [=DiCaprio's=] constant [[AwardSnub Award Snubs]] despite starring in [[Film/Titanic1997 some of]] [[Film/TheDeparted the]] [[Film/{{Inception}} biggest and]] [[Film/DjangoUnchained most critically]] [[Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet acclaimed films]] of the last three decades was a RunningGag in Hollywood, but he eventually won "Best Actor" with an angsty artsy biopic rather than any of his [[SummerBlockbuster Summer Blockbusters]].
27th May '16 4:29:17 AM StayLucky
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** Creator/OliviaDeHavilland won Best Actress for playing a mental patient in "The Snake Pit" 20 years before Robertson won.
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