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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.
10th Mar '17 11:30:51 PM hello86
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* Studios will sometimes vie to be the one to “get the most Oscars”, which leads them to release several Oscar Bait films in a row. One of the most notorious for this was Creator/MiramaxFilms, who in one year hit us with ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'', ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', and ''Film/ColdMountain''. They might also set up subdivisions specifically for “arthouse”-style films, like Paramount Vantage.

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* Studios will sometimes vie to be the one to “get the most Oscars”, which leads them to release several Oscar Bait films in a row. One of the most notorious for this was Creator/MiramaxFilms, who in one year hit us with ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'', ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', and ''Film/ColdMountain''.''Film/ColdMountain'' within a few years. They might also set up subdivisions specifically for “arthouse”-style films, like Paramount Vantage.
2nd Mar '17 12:42:51 PM riverdine
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** Studios will often play this tactic to the hilt; to be considered for an Oscar, a film must shown in a theater for at least one full week in the year of nomination in either LA or New York (moreoften LA, due to it being, you know "[[ShapedLikeItself Hollywood]]"). So to push it as close to that deadline as possible, studios will do two things: 1) release the film on/around the Christmas weekend, the last week of the year, and compound that with 2) only giving it in limited release to start. In this, they can technically qualify, letting the limited release period build up word-of-mouth as well as early nomination talk, then go into a wide-release that will take the film, should it have legs, well into February and right up against the Oscars.
2nd Mar '17 9:25:10 AM riverdine
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[[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward An Oscar]] is a big deal. It gets people to the theater, it boosts ticket sales, and it bolsters the studio’s bottom line. As such, studios and producers try to engineer a film so that it can win an Oscar rather than be good in its own right. Typically, this meant a more serious, depressing, or “artistic” film. Such a film is called '''Oscar Bait''', and the practice is also derisively known as “Oscarbation”.

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[[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward An Oscar]] is a big deal. It gets people to the theater, it boosts ticket sales, and it bolsters the studio’s bottom line. As such, studios and producers try to engineer a film so that it can win an Oscar rather than be good in its own right. Typically, this meant a more serious, depressing, or “artistic” “artistic” film. Such a film is called '''Oscar Bait''', and the practice is also derisively known as “Oscarbation”.



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]] usually only get their own categories. 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]]; [[SciFiGhetto sci-fi]] and horror don’t do much better, and [[AnimationAgeGhetto animated films]] usually only get were given their own categories.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.
27th Feb '17 2:41:12 PM kquinn0830
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* To quote ''WebOriginal/HonestTrailers'', ''[[Film/Moonlight2016 Moonlight]]'' is about "a young [checkmark], black [checkmark], gay [checkmark] man struggles to escape from poverty [checkmark] and drug addiction [checkmark] told across three decades [checkmark]. Based on a play [checkmark] based on the life story of its author [checkmark]." So, yes, it won Best Picture.

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* To quote ''WebOriginal/HonestTrailers'', ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'', ''[[Film/Moonlight2016 Moonlight]]'' is about "a young [checkmark], black [checkmark], gay [checkmark] man struggles to escape from poverty [checkmark] and drug addiction [checkmark] told across three decades [checkmark]. Based on a play [checkmark] based on the life story of its author [checkmark]." So, yes, it won Best Picture.



* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' had a suspect who was an actor, who says he’s playing Creator/MattDamon’s “[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]] father” because “it’s got nominations written all over it.”

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' had a suspect who was an actor, who says he’s playing Creator/MattDamon’s “[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]] father” because “it’s “it’s got nominations written all over it.”
27th Feb '17 2:40:39 PM kquinn0830
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* To quote ''WebOriginal/HonestTrailers'', ''[[Film/Moonlight2016 Moonlight]]'' is about "a young [checkmark], black [checkmark], gay [checkmark] man struggles to escape from poverty [checkmark] and drug addiction [checkmark] told across three decades [checkmark]. Based on a play [checkmark] based on the life story of its author [checkmark]." So, yes, it won Best Picture.
22nd Feb '17 12:28:40 AM Malachi108
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* ''Series/LateNight'' with ''Creator/SethMeyers'' presents: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjE9Fl4zKNs Oscar Bait]]: RealTrailerFakeMovie.
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