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15th Apr '16 6:43:10 AM kquinn0830
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** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, a five time Oscar nominee at the time, for ''Film/TheRevenant'', put on weight, ate raw bison, slept in animal carcasses, among several other things that led to the public jokingly saying the Academy should give him an Oscar before he kills himself.

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** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, a five time Oscar nominee at the time, for ''Film/TheRevenant'', put on weight, ate raw bison, slept in animal carcasses, among several other things that led to the public jokingly saying the Academy should give him an Oscar before he kills himself. It worked.
13th Apr '16 12:46:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* The next Darabont direction of a King adaptation was ''Film/TheGreenMile''... another prison piece with the Magical Negro (getting Michael Clarke Duncan a Best Supporting Actor nod), and was nominated for three others, including Best Picture... but whiffed itself. Probably why the next time Darabont directed a King adaptation, they went as far from Oscar Bait as humanly possible with ''TheMist''...

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* The next Darabont direction of a King adaptation was ''Film/TheGreenMile''... another prison piece with the Magical Negro (getting Michael Clarke Duncan a Best Supporting Actor nod), and was nominated for three others, including Best Picture... but whiffed itself. Probably why the next time Darabont directed a King adaptation, they went as far from Oscar Bait as humanly possible with ''TheMist''...''Film/TheMist''...



* ''TheDeparted'' along with its immediate successor to the Best Picture throne ''NoCountryForOldMen'' is one of the grittiest, most violent (non war related) movies to ever take the Best Picture Oscar. It also notably has the most profanity of any film to win Best Picture. Other than Martin Scorsese's involvement there's not really anything about it that screams Oscar Bait. People can't really agree on whether it won on the basis of it being good or [[ConsolationAward because Martin Scorsese had been denied the Oscar numerous times before.]] One thing is for certain though, The Departed is nowhere near the Oscar Bait levels reached by ''TheAviator'' and ''GangsOfNewYork'', Scorsese's two previous films both period pieces and one a biopic. Neither won Best Director or Picture (plus, the latter got shut out of 10 noms!).
* The two "dinner scenes" in ''TheNuttyProfessor'', which featured EddieMurphy playing all the members of his family, were widely credited with giving the film the Best Makeup award over the favorite, ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Thing is, this was completely accidental - the director hated the idea and didn't want to film the sequences, but Eddie Murphy and Rick Baker managed to persuade him to keep them in.

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* ''TheDeparted'' ''Film/TheDeparted'' along with its immediate successor to the Best Picture throne ''NoCountryForOldMen'' ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' is one of the grittiest, most violent (non war related) movies to ever take the Best Picture Oscar. It also notably has the most profanity of any film to win Best Picture. Other than Martin Scorsese's involvement there's not really anything about it that screams Oscar Bait. People can't really agree on whether it won on the basis of it being good or [[ConsolationAward because Martin Scorsese had been denied the Oscar numerous times before.]] One thing is for certain though, The Departed is nowhere near the Oscar Bait levels reached by ''TheAviator'' and ''GangsOfNewYork'', Scorsese's two previous films both period pieces and one a biopic. Neither won Best Director or Picture (plus, the latter got shut out of 10 noms!).
* The two "dinner scenes" in ''TheNuttyProfessor'', ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', which featured EddieMurphy playing all the members of his family, were widely credited with giving the film the Best Makeup award over the favorite, ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Thing is, this was completely accidental - the director hated the idea and didn't want to film the sequences, but Eddie Murphy and Rick Baker managed to persuade him to keep them in.



* ''TheHurtLocker'' subverts most of the conventions of Oscar Bait, yet it won the big prize. Super low budget, No big studio to promote it or campaign for it, no [[AnAesop political message]] despite being about TheWarOnTerror, no major stars in key roles, it came out in June and the lowest box office numbers of any Best Picture winner ever. There was also the narrative to consider; finally getting a woman as Best Director, beating [[Creator/JamesCameron the director]] of [[Film/{{Avatar}} the most successful film ever]], who was her ex-husband, no less. [[WildMassGuessing Maybe that's why]] she [[AwardSnub wasn't nominated]] [[Film/ZeroDarkThirty a few years later]]...

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* ''TheHurtLocker'' ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' subverts most of the conventions of Oscar Bait, yet it won the big prize. Super low budget, No big studio to promote it or campaign for it, no [[AnAesop political message]] despite being about TheWarOnTerror, no major stars in key roles, it came out in June and the lowest box office numbers of any Best Picture winner ever. There was also the narrative to consider; finally getting a woman as Best Director, beating [[Creator/JamesCameron the director]] of [[Film/{{Avatar}} the most successful film ever]], who was her ex-husband, no less. [[WildMassGuessing Maybe that's why]] she [[AwardSnub wasn't nominated]] [[Film/ZeroDarkThirty a few years later]]...
30th Mar '16 5:37:19 PM twilicorn
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* Best Animated Film winner ''Disney/BigHero6'' has grief, revenge and coming-of-age as central themes, has a sympathetic antagonist, is set in a ([[ButNotTooForeign semi-]])foreign locale, boasts a [[FiveRaces diverse cast of characters]] (the lead character is biracial), and has a [[TearJerker/BigHero6 sensationally moving climax]]. Yet at its core is a superhero film, which rarely wins major awards except in the technical categories, and it was an adaptation of a Marvel comic from UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, to boot. It was the second Marvel-related film to win any Oscar, and the first comic book movie to win any of the non-technical Oscars since the aforementioned ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' 6 years previously.

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* Best Animated Film winner ''Disney/BigHero6'' has grief, revenge and coming-of-age as central themes, has a sympathetic antagonist, is set in a ([[ButNotTooForeign semi-]])foreign locale, boasts a [[FiveRaces diverse cast of characters]] (the lead character is biracial), and has a [[TearJerker/BigHero6 sensationally moving climax]]. Yet at its core is a superhero film, which rarely wins major awards except in the technical categories, and it was an adaptation of a Marvel comic from UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, to boot. It was the second Marvel-related film to win any Oscar, Oscar (the first being ''Film/SpiderMan 2''), and the first comic book movie to win any of the non-technical Oscars since the aforementioned ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' 6 years previously.
28th Mar '16 7:38:38 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* [[DyeingForYourArt Punishing your body for the role]] is frequently rewarded, though it's medically unwise to do so. Of note is a (perhaps justified) DoubleStandard at play here however: Of the three basic methods of non-surgical body modification (namely losing weight, gaining weight[[note]]In the form of body fat[[/note]], or building muscle mass) the first two of these are much more commonly lauded as achievements worthy of recognition, regardless of the amount of effort put into the last. This is presumably because they require an actor to ''worsen'' his or her appearance rather than enhance it, the attainment of a fit or muscular body being seen as a prize in itself.

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* [[DyeingForYourArt Punishing your body for the role]] is frequently rewarded, though it's medically unwise to do so. Of note is a (perhaps justified) DoubleStandard at play here however: Of the three basic methods of non-surgical body modification (namely losing weight, gaining weight[[note]]In the form of weight via body fat[[/note]], fat, or building muscle mass) the first two of these are much more commonly lauded as achievements worthy of recognition, regardless of the amount of effort put into the last. This is presumably because they require an actor to ''worsen'' his or her appearance rather than enhance it, the attainment of a fit or muscular body being seen as a prize in itself.
19th Mar '16 6:13:04 PM CH4S
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** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]

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** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}, Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
19th Mar '16 6:11:03 PM CH4S
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** [[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama}} set in {{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{wangst}}, {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]].]]
** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "[[Film/Braveheart they may take my chair]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but they'll never take my Oscar!]]". ]]

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** [[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama}} set in {{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{wangst}}, {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]].extremes]], while [[TrueArtIsAngsty overflowing with]] {{wangst}} and {{tear jerker}} .]]
** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "[[Film/Braveheart they "they may take my chair]], chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but they'll never take my Oscar!]]". Oscar]]!" ]]
19th Mar '16 5:59:17 PM CH4S
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** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in the {{Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "[[Film/Braveheart they may take my chair]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but they'll never take my Oscar!]]".

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** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in the {{Holocaust}}, {{The Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "[[Film/Braveheart they may take my chair]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but they'll never take my Oscar!]]".Oscar!]]". ]]
19th Mar '16 5:57:14 PM CH4S
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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope. [[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama set in {{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{wangst}}, {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]]. They then claim it's produced by "[[TakeThat famous Academy Award-seeking producer]]" [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. Finally, there is severe {{black comedy}} when they say that their lead actor [[Creator/HeathLedger died shortly before the flim's release to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]], [[TakeThat because apparently]] the Academy believes that {{dead artists are better}}. ]]

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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope.
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[[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama drama}} set in {{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{wangst}}, {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]]. extremes]].]]
** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is that it's an {{X meets Y}} of a [[Film/BrokebackMountain socially unacceptable gay romance]] where the main character is a {{wheelchair woobie}} who [[DreamCrushingHandicap is unable to properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], who is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in the {{Holocaust}}, and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} while in the concentration camp that goes "[[Film/Braveheart they may take my chair]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny but they'll never take my Oscar!]]".
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They then claim it's produced by "[[TakeThat famous Academy Award-seeking producer]]" [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. Finally, there is severe {{black comedy}} when they say that their lead actor [[Creator/HeathLedger died shortly before the flim's release to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]], [[TakeThat because apparently]] the Academy believes that {{dead artists are better}}. ]]
19th Mar '16 5:45:01 PM CH4S
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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope. [[spoiler: It is about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]" in {{Nazi Germany}}, which takes the typical Oscar Bait {{wangst}} and tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{ill girl}} {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]]. They then claim it's produced by "[[TakeThat famous Academy Award-seeking producer]]" [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. Finally, there is severe {{black comedy}} when they say that their lead actor [[Creator/HeathLedger died shortly before the flim's release to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]]. ]]

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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope. [[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama set in {{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]" in {{Nazi Germany}}, Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait {{wangst}} and tropes of {{wangst}}, {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{ill girl}} girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]]. They then claim it's produced by "[[TakeThat famous Academy Award-seeking producer]]" [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. Finally, there is severe {{black comedy}} when they say that their lead actor [[Creator/HeathLedger died shortly before the flim's release to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]].Oscar]], [[TakeThat because apparently]] the Academy believes that {{dead artists are better}}. ]]
19th Mar '16 5:39:50 PM CH4S
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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope.

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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing many of the common elements of this trope. [[spoiler: It is about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]" in {{Nazi Germany}}, which takes the typical Oscar Bait {{wangst}} and tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{ill girl}} {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]]. They then claim it's produced by "[[TakeThat famous Academy Award-seeking producer]]" [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. Finally, there is severe {{black comedy}} when they say that their lead actor [[Creator/HeathLedger died shortly before the flim's release to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]]. ]]
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