History Main / OscarBait

14th Feb '17 6:56:18 AM TrueBlue170
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* Creator/WillSmith has taken to making these, from the biopics Film/ThePursuitOfHappiness and Film/{{Concussion}} to glurge-filled Film/SevenPounds and Film/CollateralBeauty.

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* Creator/WillSmith has taken to making these, from the biopics Film/ThePursuitOfHappiness Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness and Film/{{Concussion}} to glurge-filled Film/SevenPounds and Film/CollateralBeauty.
12th Feb '17 12:53:02 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award”. It’s nominally about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but the gang is going up against a bar straight out of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (with a TokenMinority manager for good measure), complete with a LaughTrack. It’s a reference to ''It’s Always Sunny''’s consistent failure to win an Emmy itself. The gang tries to model Paddy’s Pub after the bar that wins Emmys, only to fail miserably.

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award”. It’s nominally about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but is actually a LeaningOnTheFourthWall commentary on the fact the show has failed to garner any recognition from the Emmys by having the bars stand in for shows. The gang is going up against a bar straight out of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (with a TokenMinority manager for good measure), measure) where the owners make generic and inoffensive jokes, complete with a LaughTrack. It’s a reference to ''It’s Always Sunny''’s consistent failure to win an Emmy itself. The gang tries to model Paddy’s Pub after the bar that wins Emmys, only wins, such as by making sure they don't have [[MinorityShowGhetto too many black guys present so the judges won't think its a "black bar"]] and trying to create some WillTheyOrWontThey tension between Mac and Dee. [[AwardBaitSong Charlie even decides to write a song for the bar to help them win]]. Ultimately, as with everything they try, they fail miserably.spectacularly.
22nd Jan '17 11:05:49 PM Ploopyandproud
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* ''Film/TheRevenant'' has been derided as being a “lifetime achievement Oscar” for its star Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, subject of many previous {{Award Snub}}s. It’s a historical dramatization of the [[BasedOnATrueStory true story]] of a man struggling to overcome the harsh elements and take revenge for the death of his totally fictional son. It shows everything in excruciating, realistic detail and [[RealIsBrown a gritty, washed-out color palette]]. It has lingering, beautiful establishing shots and minimal sound with long periods of silence. And Di Caprio was so into [[DyeingForYourArt Dyeing for His Art]] that he method acted himself half to death. Di Caprio finally won that elusive Oscar for this film, but audiences thought it wasn’t necessarily the best performance of his career.
13th Jan '17 7:52:27 PM TheDogSage
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* Creator/WillSmith has taken to making these, from the biopics Film/ThePursuitOfHappiness and Film/{{Concussion}} to glurge-filled Film/SevenPounds and Film/CollateralBeauty.
13th Jan '17 7:56:44 AM crazysamaritan
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* The typical Oscar Bait film is a PeriodPiece or CostumeDrama with “serious” subject matter. This often leads them to be {{Biopic}}s (or at least BasedOnATrueStory) as well. But they [[NoExceptYes don’t always follow this pattern]]. Some Oscar Bait films can be lower-budget dramas aimed more at the age group of the Academy voters, such as ''Film/AwayFromHer'' and ''Film/SteelMagnolias''.

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* The typical Oscar Bait film is a PeriodPiece or CostumeDrama with “serious” subject matter. This often leads them to be {{Biopic}}s (or at least BasedOnATrueStory) as well. But they [[NoExceptYes don’t always follow this pattern]].pattern. Some Oscar Bait films can be lower-budget dramas aimed more at the age group of the Academy voters, such as ''Film/AwayFromHer'' and ''Film/SteelMagnolias''.
9th Jan '17 5:06:30 AM Reddon
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The trend started in the 1960s and 1970s with the emergence of the SummerBlockbuster and the decline of UsefulNotes/NewHollywood. Before then, it was a pretty good bet that the most popular movies were also the best ones (and thus the likely Oscar-winners). But then directors like Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas hit their stride, making beloved and well-received movies which were seen as too “lightweight” to win the “important” categories (acting, direction, writing, and picture). The “serious” fare that did win those categories would become Oscar Bait.

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The trend started in the 1960s and 1970s and 1980s with the emergence of the SummerBlockbuster and the decline of UsefulNotes/NewHollywood. Before then, it was a pretty good bet that the most popular movies were also the best ones (and thus the likely Oscar-winners). But then directors like Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas hit their stride, making beloved and well-received movies which were seen as too “lightweight” to win the “important” categories (acting, direction, writing, and picture). The “serious” fare that did win those categories would become Oscar Bait.
7th Jan '17 11:49:19 AM DustSnitch
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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 ripped from a Pulitzer Bait story]]. 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 ripped from a Pulitzer Bait story]].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.



* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' tried to prove once and for all that TrueArtIsAngsty. The characters angst over ''everything'', including (but not limited to): boatloads of UnresolvedSexualTension, the hypocrisy of TheAmericanDream, the protagonist’s [[ImmigrantParents immigrant grandmother]] and the life she led in [[CrapsackWorld the barrio]], and [[spoiler:the grandmother’s death]]. 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'' tried to prove once centers around an inspirational Fourth of July where impoverished immigrants in Washington Heights win the lottery and for all that TrueArtIsAngsty. 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 protagonist’s [[ImmigrantParents immigrant grandmother]] and expenses of living in the life she led in [[CrapsackWorld the barrio]], heights, and [[spoiler:the grandmother’s death]].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).
31st Dec '16 8:37:43 PM Xtifr
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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' was a {{biopic}} about Creator/AlanTuring, famous UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era codebreaker and later computer scientist, as played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch. It had the one-two punch of Turing being a genius, InspirationallyDisadvantaged, ''and'' [[{{Gayngst}} gay in an era when that was very bad]]. It got plenty of nominations, but only won one Oscar for Best Screenplay. Ultimately, people pinned this on ArtisticLicenseHistory and the choice to exaggerate Turing’s mental problems and [[ButNotTooGay downplay his homosexuality]].

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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' was a {{biopic}} about Creator/AlanTuring, UsefulNotes/AlanTuring, famous UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era codebreaker and later computer scientist, as played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch. It had the one-two punch of Turing being a genius, InspirationallyDisadvantaged, ''and'' [[{{Gayngst}} gay in an era when that was very bad]]. It got plenty of nominations, but only won one Oscar for Best Screenplay. Ultimately, people pinned this on ArtisticLicenseHistory and the choice to exaggerate Turing’s mental problems and [[ButNotTooGay downplay his homosexuality]].
31st Dec '16 6:27:09 PM trulymadmoves
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** One of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers at the beginning of the movie]] shows Kirk Lazarus and Creator/TobeyMaguire playing monks in a clearly Oscar-baity film, ''Satan’s Alley''.

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** One of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers at the beginning of the movie]] shows Kirk Lazarus and Creator/TobeyMaguire playing Irish monks who fall in love with each other in a clearly Oscar-baity film, ''Satan’s Alley''.


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** Lazarus has a lot of experience with these, as he himself is a spoof of Oscar Bait actors. He's a five-time Oscar winner, and that's before ''Satan's Alley''. He mentions having played Neil Armstrong, ticking the "based on a true story" box. His third Oscar was for a Chinese film called ''Land of Silk and Money'', which he prepped for by [[MethodActing working eight months in a textile factory]]. According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]], one of his five Oscars is for Best ''Actress'', having apparently tackled a CrossCastRole, going UpToEleven with the usual Oscar-worthy physical transformations. In the movie itself, he's attempting that again, having undergone "pigmentation alteration" surgery to play a black man, a move which has generated more in-universe controversy than Oscar buzz. He never breaks character, despite realizing very early on in the film that production is ruined. As the icing on the cake, Creator/RobertDowneyJr actually received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Lazarus.
** At the end of the film, the Oscar for Best Actor is presented. The stills of the nominees include Creator/TomHanks winning a race in a wheelchair and a blind Creator/SeanPenn learning braille.
12th Dec '16 11:33:27 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of the least Oscar-friendly movies ever made. It's the fourth film in a [[Film/MadMax franchise]] that never saw ''any'' Oscar attention before. It's a loud, explosive, and unapologetic pure action movie. It has very little dialogue and is essentially a nonstop two-hour car chase scene. And it was released all the way back in May. But it got critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling, and hidden themes and was regarded as one of the best movies of 2015. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Mad_Max:_Fury_Road It ended up being an unexpected Oscar contender]], being nominated for ten awards (including Best Picture) and winning 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 [[Film/MadMax franchise]] that never saw ''any'' Oscar attention before. It's a loud, explosive, and unapologetic pure action movie. It has very little dialogue and is essentially a nonstop two-hour car chase scene. And it was released all the way back in May. But it got critical acclaim for its action sequences, ShowDontTell storytelling, and hidden themes and was regarded as one of the best movies of 2015.2015, topping more official Top 10 lists than any other. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Mad_Max:_Fury_Road It ended up being an unexpected Oscar contender]], being nominated for ten awards (including Best Picture) and winning six.
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