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1st Dec '16 1:06:13 PM MiriOhki
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* ''MockTheWeek'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded the hell]] out of this tendancy.
---> '''David Mitchell''': I'd like to thank the person who cast me as a [[LittlestCancerPatient blind, autistic,]] [[TrueArtIsAngsty Parkinson's-disease-ridden mute]], for making this award almost inevitable.
23rd Nov '16 12:45:44 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. [[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.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.
23rd Nov '16 12:40:55 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. [[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 (inclduing 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. [[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 (inclduing (including Best Picture) and winning six.
23rd Nov '16 12:40:32 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 two-hour nonstop 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. [[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 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 nonstop 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. [[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 (inclduing Best Picture) and winning six.
20th Nov '16 5:12:21 PM twilicorn
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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode “The Long Goodbye” was painfully obviously designed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It did so by omitting most of the regular cast to show her character battling her father’s Alzheimer’s disease. This was particularly strange because Janney won four Emmys on her own over the course of the series, so she didn’t ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode.

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[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Emmy Bait]]\n* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode “The Long Goodbye” was painfully obviously designed ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' is a unique anime take on Oscar Bait. It's a [[TearJerker weeper movie]] that opens with [[{{Film/Titanic 1997}} an old woman recalling her past through flashbacks]], heavily features BeenThereShapedHistory-type period piece, and has a tragic ending. It failed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It did so by omitting most of receive any nominations, even in Best Animated Feature (then again, this ''was'' the regular cast to show her character battling her father’s Alzheimer’s disease. This was particularly strange because Janney won four Emmys on her own over the course year of the series, so she didn’t ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode.''Anime/SpiritedAway'').


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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode “The Long Goodbye” was painfully obviously designed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It did so by omitting most of the regular cast to show her character battling her father’s Alzheimer’s disease. This was particularly strange because Janney won four Emmys on her own over the course of the series, so she didn’t ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': "The Body" is a massive tearjerker episode where the cast deals with Joyce's death and seems to be pushing all the Emmy Bait buttons. It didn't get a nomination, but the NoDialogueEpisode "Hush" did.
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11th Nov '16 4:14:01 PM GoldenSeals
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* ''Film/TheMask'', where after dodging a series of gunshots in several comedic forms, the Mask finally turns into a cowboy, allowing himself to be shot, and proceeds to die in another character's arms with a heartfelt FinalSpeech - at which point the audience cheers, prompting him to get up and tearfully accept an award. The hilarious part is that the mobsters that were shooting at him also react to the audience, checking their hair and straightening their suits like they were on television.
** This particular joke has been around since the days of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Given the Mask's personality, that's most likely where he got the idea.
** He doesn't just give a FinalSpeech. He gives ''several'' {{Final Speech}}es, all of which are {{Shout Out}}s to award-winning movies ("[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Tell Scarlet I DO give a damn.]]")
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' has Wayne give a tear-filled speech with the words "Oscar Clip" emblazoned over the shot.
* At the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting crazy and as if they've been stranded for weeks and are dying. The camera then pans up to reveal the New York City skyline, and Music/BingCrosby's character tells him to calm down, they'll be rescued in a few minutes, Hope bitterly remarks that they've ruined his chance for an Academy Award.
** In ''Road to Bali'', when Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart received for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', Bob Hope snatches it away from him, tells him he already has one. Hope then begins making his acceptance speech. (He never was nominated for a competitive one, but he would receive 4 Honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - plus, he frequently appeared at the show, and hosted a record fourteen times.)
* In ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'', after parodying one of the dramatic scenes from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', the main character tells his girlfriend that he's trying to win the Best Black Actor at the Soul Train awards.
* ''Satan's Alley'', one of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a head-on parody of this.
* The trope is referenced and mocked in ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' by black action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy):
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': White boys get all the Oscars -- it's a fact!
-->'''Manager''': I know that, but look...
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? 'Cos I haven't played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I'll split it: get me a five-minute script as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!
-->'''Manager''': ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Yeah, and go find that script. "Buck the Wonder-Slave"!
* Villain Hedley Lamarr announces near the climax of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' that he is "risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor." Amusingly enough, while part of the joke was (presumably) that a whacked-out cowboy farce laced with racial humour and fart jokes was ill-positioned for acting nominations, the film ''was'' in fact nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Creator/MadelineKahn).
* Since an Oscar speech kicks off the plot of the comedy ''Film/InAndOut'', the first 15 minutes of the movie has a field day with this trope. First, Matt Dillon's character wins for playing a gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military in a movie called ''To Protect And Serve'', which is a hilariously hammy pastiche incorporating elements of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Second, the other nominees in the category are listed as follows: "Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'' and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''."
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''. The films nominated at the Oscars were all ridiculously HighConcept, like "the story of one woman's triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster" and "one woman's triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971."
* SpringtimeForHitler is made as this for ''Film/TheProducers'', despite its controversial content and wacky delivery.
* This trend was spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg 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 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:''' Everybody knows you never go full retard.
--->'''Tugg Speedman:''' What do you mean?
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check it out. Creator/DustinHoffman, ''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...

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* ''Film/TheMask'', ''Film/TheMask'' has a shootout sequence where the Mask, after dodging a series ridiculous number of gunshots in several comedic forms, the Mask finally bullets, turns into a cowboy, allowing cowboy and allows himself to be shot, and proceeds to die in another character's arms with a heartfelt FinalSpeech - at which point the audience cheers, prompting him to get up and tearfully accept an award. The hilarious part is shot -- so that the mobsters that were shooting at him also react to the audience, checking their hair and straightening their suits like they were on television.
** This particular joke has been around since the days of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Given the Mask's personality, that's most likely where
he got the idea.
** He doesn't just
can give a FinalSpeech. He gives ''several'' {{Final Speech}}es, all of which are Speech}}es (all {{Shout Out}}s to award-winning movies ("[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Tell Scarlet I DO give a damn.]]")
movies) and die in another character’s arms. Then the audience cheers, and he gets up and tearfully accepts an award. Even the mobsters shooting him check their hair and straighten their suits as if they were on TV.
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' has In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Wayne give gives a tear-filled speech with dramatic, teary-eyed speech, while the words "Oscar Clip" “Oscar Clip” are emblazoned over the shot.
* From the ''Film/RoadTo'' series:
**
At the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road ''Road to Morocco]]'', Morocco'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting crazy and as if they've they’ve been stranded there for weeks and are dying. The weeks. Then the camera then pans up to reveal the New York City skyline, and Music/BingCrosby's skyline. Creator/BingCrosby’s character tells him to calm down, they'll be rescued in a few minutes, to which Hope bitterly remarks that they've they’ve ruined his chance for an Academy Award.
** In ''Road to Bali'', when Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart received won for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', Bob ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''. Hope snatches it away from him, tells him he points out that Crosby already has one. Hope then an Oscar, snatches the trophy from him, and begins making his an acceptance speech. (He (While Hope was never was nominated for a competitive one, but Oscar, he would receive 4 did win four Honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - plus, he frequently appeared at the show, and hosted the show a record recorded fourteen times.)
* In ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'', after parodying one of the dramatic scenes from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', the main character tells his girlfriend that he's he’s trying to win the Best Black Actor at the Soul Train awards.
* ''Satan's Alley'', one In ''Film/TropicThunder'':
** One
of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a head-on parody of this.
* The trope is referenced and mocked in ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' by black action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy):
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': White boys get all
trailers at the Oscars -- it's a fact!
-->'''Manager''': I know that, but look...
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? 'Cos I haven't played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I'll split it: get me a five-minute script as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!
-->'''Manager''': ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Yeah, and go find that script. "Buck the Wonder-Slave"!
* Villain Hedley Lamarr announces near the climax of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' that he is "risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor." Amusingly enough, while part
beginning of the joke was (presumably) that a whacked-out cowboy farce laced with racial humour movie]] shows Kirk Lazarus and fart jokes was ill-positioned for acting nominations, the film ''was'' in fact nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Creator/MadelineKahn).
* Since an Oscar speech kicks off the plot of the comedy ''Film/InAndOut'', the first 15 minutes of the movie has a field day with this trope. First, Matt Dillon's character wins for
Creator/TobeyMaguire playing a gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military monks in a movie called ''To Protect And Serve'', which is a hilariously hammy pastiche incorporating elements of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Second, the other nominees in the category are listed as follows: "Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'' and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''."
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''. The films nominated at the Oscars were all ridiculously HighConcept, like "the story of one woman's triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster" and "one woman's triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971."
* SpringtimeForHitler is made as this for ''Film/TheProducers'', despite its controversial content and wacky delivery.
* This trend was spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action
clearly Oscar-baity film, ''Satan’s Alley''.
** Action
star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg Speedman]] previously made a transparently Speedman reflects on the failure of his Oscar Bait movie called film ''Simple Jack'', about in which he plays a mentally challenged farm hand. The film-within-a-film mentally-challenged farmhand. It was a total box office bomb, BoxOfficeBomb and called one of the worst films of all time. [[Creator/RobertDowneyJr Kirk Lazarus]] later Lazarus explains to him that the successful Oscar Bait films described above worked it’s because the actors didn't go, in his words, "full retard", instead people who won for playing their InspirationallyDisadvantaged characters as more mildly challenged in order to fish for awards without alienating the audience.
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Everybody knows you
never go full retard.
--->'''Tugg Speedman:'''
went “full retard”:
-->'''Speedman:'''
What do you mean?
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:'''
mean?\\
'''Lazarus:'''
Check it out. Creator/DustinHoffman, ''Film/RainMan'', ''Film/RainMan'': look retarded, act retarded, retarded -- not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not sho’ -- not retarded. You know Creator/TomHanks, ''Film/ForrestGump''. Slow, ''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 ain’t retarded. Creator/PeterSellers, ''Film/BeingThere''. Infantile, ''Film/BeingThere'': infantile, yes. Retarded, no. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard. You don't don’t buy that? Ask Creator/SeanPenn, 2001, ''Film/IAmSam''. Remember? Went full retard, went home empty handed...empty-handed.
* In ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', black action star Kit Ramsey (Creator/EddieMurphy) weighs in on the trope:
-->'''Ramsey:''' White boys get all the Oscars -- it's a fact!\\
'''Manager:''' I know that, but look--\\
'''Ramsey:''' Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? ‘Cos I haven’t played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I’ll split it; get me a five-minute script as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!\\
'''Manager:''' ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''\\
'''Ramsey:''' Yeah, and go find that script. “Buck the Wonder-Slave”!
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', villain Hedley Lamarr announces to his gang of thugs near the climax:
-->''You will only be risking your lives, while I will almost certainly be risking an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.''
* The first fifteen minutes of ''Film/InAndOut'' are rife with references to this trope. Creator/MattDillon’s character wins an Oscar for playing a [[{{Gayngst}} gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military]], in a film that appears to be equal parts ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', and ''Film/ForrestGump''. The actors he beat: “Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'', and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''.”
* ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]] includes a scene at the Oscar ceremony, where all the films were ridiculously HighConcept, like “the story of one woman’s triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster,” and “the story of one woman’s triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971.”



* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' parodied ''Emmy'' Bait with its fifth season finale "A [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special]] Drew," which includes helping a homeless woman give birth, Kate dying of ''[[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease]]'' on her wedding day, Drew battling his [[CompressedVice heretofore unheard-of]] lifelong illiteracy, Mimi battling her (also heretofore unheard-of) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a LittlestCancerPatient. Who wins the Emmy.
-->'''Lewis:''' You don't want to shoot anyone... except that would make a good dying scene.\\
'''Drew:''' Shoot me!\\
'''Lewis:''' No, shoot me!
** Let's not forget Lewis snapping at people and then taking an aside monologue to question why he does so, Oswald starting to steal so he can feel close to his imprisoned father and Mr. Wick developping an eating disorder.
*** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodied this in one sketch where Ryan Stiles had to report the weather as if it was a scene from an Oscar-winning flick.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", which is seemingly about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but is really a reference to the fact the show has failed to win an Emmy Award and parodies the kind of shows that do. The bar that won the previous year features a group of young, good looking bartenders who make inoffensive jokes with a laugh track, including a TokenMinority the manager and female bartender having [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. They gang's attempts to model Paddy's Pub after this so they'll win fails miserably.
* Series/FrenchAndSaunders' take on ''Cold Mountain'', where the Oscar Bait scenes immediately segue into "Zellweger" actually receiving it.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical 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]], and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
** 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}}.
* Series/TheFastShow spoof 'Cute Disabled Man' won an award for "Best Portrayal of a Disabled Person by a Fit and Healthy Young Actor Who Wants to Win an Oscar'. "I love you, black man."
* A ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch shows the best actor nomination at an Oscar show, where we see three clips of three actors playing handicapped (from deaf to having a spike in the head) giving the exact same speech, standing up to their detractors (you know, guys who hate the deaf, and such) with the same appropriately stirring music - and a fourth clip of a guy playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. The winner? "Omigod - everyone but the Hamlet guy!"
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had at least one episode that ended with a heartwarming scene and the subtitle: "For your Emmy considerations."
* Parodied in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' with ''Hard to Watch'', an obvious takeoff on {{Precious}}.
* In ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Creator/KateWinslet plays in a movie about the Holocaust because of this. What makes this HilariousInHindsight is that she would win Best Actress in 2008 for ''Film/TheReader''... a Holocaust movie.
* Spoofed in a late-2007 episode of ''Series/TheSoup'' with a trailer for a fictional film called ''The Oscar Movie''. The voiceover discusses almost every Oscar-film cliché, using clips from that year's movies as examples. Such clichés include: "women distraught, crying, and/or screaming," comedians in serious roles, Meryl Streep (mentioned at least three times), and "JohnnyDepp doing something weird" (with clips from ''Sweeney Todd'').
* ''Series/MrShow'' did a sketch about "The Dewey Awards," awards given to actors who play mentally challenged characters. It also features a film called "The Bob Lamonta Story," about one man's struggles with... his own mentally challenged parents. Following the film, the actual Bob Lamonta at the awards lists everything that wasn't factual, revealing the whole film was made up.
* In the UK ''{{The Kevin Bishop Show}}'' did a spoof trailer for a new TV drama series. It consisted of characters all repeating the phrase "gritty BAFTA". The characters all delivered this with a pained, serious expression, or whispered the phrase. This would be a UK equivalent of Emmy Bait.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', one of the suspects is an actor who says he's playing Creator/MattDamon's "[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]]" father and that "It's got nominations written all over it."
* In season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Rebel Alley (played by Creator/IslaFisher) discusses the possibility of playing Michael's deceased wife in a movie. After learning that said wife died of a terminal illness, Rebel says that all she needs now is to have her be mentally-challenged as well, and she'll be guaranteed an Oscar for her performance.
* The June 11, 1974 telecast of ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' had guest Harvey Korman ask Gene Rayburn (who was guest host that week) to repeat that he was an Emmy winner as the previous intro to him was drowned out by audience applause. Bert Convy and Roger Perry proceed to get up and leave the studio in envy, but Harvey cajoles them back telling them "I've got four of them. I'll give you one!"

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* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' parodied ''Emmy'' parodies Emmy Bait with its fifth season fifth-season finale "A “A [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special]] Drew," which includes helping Drew”. It includes: a homeless woman give birth, giving birth; Kate dying of ''[[SoapOperaDisease [[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease]]'' disease]] on her wedding day, day; Drew battling his [[CompressedVice heretofore unheard-of]] lifelong illiteracy, illiteracy; Mimi battling her (also also heretofore unheard-of) unheard-of [[SuperOCD obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a LittlestCancerPatient. Who wins the Emmy.
-->'''Lewis:''' You don't want to shoot anyone... except that would make a good dying scene.\\
'''Drew:''' Shoot me!\\
'''Lewis:''' No, shoot me!
** Let's not forget
disorder]]; Lewis snapping at people and then reflecting on why [[InnerMonologue out lout to the audience]]; Oswald taking an aside monologue up theft to question why he does so, Oswald starting to steal so he can feel close be closer to his imprisoned father father; Drew and Lewis volunteering to get shot so that they’d have a good death scene; and Mr. Wick developping developing an eating disorder.
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disorder. And a LittlestCancerPatient, who gets the emmy.
**
''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodied this in one had a sketch where Ryan Stiles had has to report the weather as if it was were a scene from an Oscar-winning flick.
film. He did so by ribbing host Creator/DrewCarey and referencing “A Very Special Drew”.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", which is seemingly Award”. It’s nominally about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but is really a reference to the fact the show has failed to win an Emmy Award and parodies the kind of shows that do. The gang is going up against a bar that won the previous year features a group straight out of young, good looking bartenders who make inoffensive jokes with a laugh track, including ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (with a TokenMinority the manager and female bartender having [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. They gang's attempts 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 Paddy’s Pub after this so they'll win fails the bar that wins Emmys, only to fail miserably.
* %%* Series/FrenchAndSaunders' take on ''Cold Mountain'', where the Oscar Bait scenes immediately segue into "Zellweger" actually receiving it.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' had a sketch titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kj78anyCkM "Oscar Bait"]], spoofing “Oscar Bait”]] spoofs many of the common elements of this trope.trope. It’s a fake trailer for a film about a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot gay, disabled, artistic Jew]] who’s thrown in a concentration camp during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, trying to tick as many Oscar boxes at once. The lead actor even apparently [[BlackComedy killed himself after the film]] to invoke DeadArtistsAreBetter.
* ''Series/TheFastShow'' spoofs the trope with the film ''Cute Disabled Man'', which wins an award for “Best Portrayal of a Disabled Person by a Fit and Healthy Young Actor Who Wants to Win an Oscar”.

** [[spoiler: It is a {{costume drama}} set in UsefulNotes/{{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical 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]], and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
** 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}}.
* Series/TheFastShow spoof 'Cute Disabled Man' won an award for "Best Portrayal of a Disabled Person by a Fit and Healthy Young Actor Who Wants to Win an Oscar'. "I
-->''I love you, black man."
''
* A ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch shows the best actor nomination at an Oscar show, where we see three clips show. Three of three the actors playing handicapped (from played InspirationallyDisadvantaged (ranging from being deaf to [[AmusingInjuries having a spike in the head) giving their head]]); their characters give the exact same speech, standing up to their detractors (you know, guys who hate the deaf, and such) RousingSpeech with the same appropriately stirring music - and a appropriate music. The fourth clip is of a guy playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. The winner? "Omigod - everyone They award the Oscar to “everyone but the Hamlet guy!"
guy!”
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had at least one episode that ended with a heartwarming scene and the subtitle: "For “For your Emmy considerations."
*

%%*
Parodied in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' with ''Hard to Watch'', an obvious takeoff on {{Precious}}.
* In ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Creator/KateWinslet Creator/KateWinslet’s character plays in a movie about the Holocaust because of this. What makes this HilariousInHindsight is that she would win Best Actress in 2008 for ''Film/TheReader''... a Holocaust movie.
* Spoofed
movie in a late-2007 episode of an open bid to win an Oscar. Then in 2008, Winslet [[HilariousInHindsight did it in real life]] in ''Film/TheReader''.
*
''Series/TheSoup'' with had a trailer for a fictional film called ''The Oscar Movie''. The Movie'', with a voiceover discusses discussing almost every Oscar-film cliché, Oscar Bait cliché using clips from that year's movies as examples. Such clichés year’s actual Oscar nominees. These include: "women “women distraught, crying, and/or screaming," screaming,” comedians [[PlayingAgainstType in serious roles, Meryl Streep roles]], Creator/MerylStreep (mentioned at least three times), and "JohnnyDepp “Creator/JohnnyDepp doing something weird" (with clips from ''Sweeney Todd'').
weird.”
* ''Series/MrShow'' did a sketch about "The “The Dewey Awards," awards Awards”, which were specifically given to actors who play played mentally challenged disabled characters. It also features One winner is a film called "The ''The Bob Lamonta Story," Story'', about one man's a man who struggles with... with his own mentally challenged parents. Following the film, the actual Bob parents (only for Lamonta at the awards lists everything that wasn't factual, revealing the whole film himself to show up and claim it was made up.
all BasedOnAGreatBigLie).
* In the UK ''{{The Kevin Bishop Show}}'' did ''Series/TheKevinBishopShow'' had a spoof trailer for a new BAFTA Bait TV drama series. It consisted drama, consisting solely of characters all repeating the phrase "gritty BAFTA". The characters all delivered this “gritty BAFTA” said with a pained, serious expression, or whispered the phrase. This would be expression.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' had
a UK equivalent of Emmy Bait.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', one of the suspects is
suspect who was an actor actor, who says he's he’s playing Creator/MattDamon's "[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]]" father and that "It's Creator/MattDamon’s “[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]] father” because “it’s got nominations written all over it."

* In season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Rebel Alley (played by Creator/IslaFisher) (Creator/IslaFisher) discusses the possibility of playing Michael's Michael’s deceased wife in a movie. After learning that said wife died of a terminal illness, Rebel says that all she needs now is to have her be mentally-challenged as well, and she'll be guaranteed an Oscar for her performance.
* The June 11, 1974 telecast of ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' had guest Harvey Korman ask Gene Rayburn (who was guest host that week) to repeat that he was an Emmy winner as the previous intro to him was drowned out by audience applause. Bert Convy and Roger Perry proceed to get up and leave the studio in envy, but Harvey cajoles them back telling them "I've got four of them. I'll give you one!"
performance.



* There's a [[http://baitanoscar.weebly.com/index.html monthly online contest]] called "Bait an Oscar" where contestants write film pitches to be voted on as if they were Oscar contenders. Oddly enough, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the parodies listed below as almost all of the entires are sincere attempts to create good ideas for movies and the contestants tend to be ''fans'' of the Oscars rather than people who attack them.

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* There's There’s a [[http://baitanoscar.weebly.com/index.html monthly online contest]] called "Bait “Bait an Oscar" Oscar”, where contestants write film pitches to be voted on as if they were Oscar contenders. Oddly enough, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the parodies listed below as almost all of the entires are sincere attempts to create good ideas for movies and the contestants subversion]]; most participants tend to be ''fans'' fans of the Oscars rather than people who attack them.this kind of movie and are genuinely trying to pitch good ideas.



** "A Very Special, Award-Winning Episode of Zorc & Pals".
--->'''Florence:''' What's wrong, Zorc? Why haven't you [[RunningGag destroyed the world?]]\\

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** "A From “A Very Special, Award-Winning Episode of Zorc ''Zorc & Pals".
Pals''”.
--->'''Florence:''' What's wrong, Zorc? Why haven't haven’t you [[RunningGag destroyed the world?]]\\



** In ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' Abridged.
-->'''Yugi:''' [[spoiler:(''holding his grandpa's bandanna'') [[SkywardScream GRANDPAAAAAAA!!!]] (''{{beat}}'') Can I have my Oscar now?]]

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** In ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' Abridged.
''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime Abridged'':
-->'''Yugi:''' [[spoiler:(''holding his grandpa's bandanna'') [[SkywardScream GRANDPAAAAAAA!!!]] (''{{beat}}'') (''{{beat}}'')]] Can I have my Oscar now?]]now?



-->"Catchphwase!"
** See also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18460_5-reasons-oscars-matter-even-less-than-you-thought.html this article]] offering further proof that the Oscars exist solely to shit the bed.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony's attempts to avoid "giving in to the madness," ie his evil split personality Dr. Insano. He's a quite uncharacteristic LargeHam about having to constantly surpress his evil urges, and occasionally gets into HamToHamCombat over people wanting him to let Insano out.
* In the 3rd segment of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] ''History of Power Rangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake (they turned out to be playing, not drowning, as the lake was knee deep at that part), running down the pier on slow motion with inspirational music as they strip from their cadet uniforms into their swimsuits. At one point Linkara puts "Oscar clip" at the bottom of the screen.
* ''Nerd to the Third Power'' host Dr. Gonzo swore up and down that ''Film/{{Precious}}'' would win best picture, because "It's about an underprivileged black rape victim who gives birth to an incest baby with down syndrome. I haven't even SEEN the movie and I already want to kill myself! It HAS to win!" Those keeping score will know the ''The Hurt Locker'' won Best Picture that year.
* 11points.com had an 11 Points Countdown webisode about the [[http://www.11points.com/Countdown/11_Least_Deserving_Best_Picture_Winners_-_11_Points_Countdown 11 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners]], which claimed that ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' were Oscar bait. One of the commentators even says that ''The King's Speech'' was blatantly pandering to the older Academy voters, saying that it wouldn't have looked out of place winning Best Picture in 1965.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad Jones says he thinks calling a film this is very overused. But he says he thinks it fits at least the trailer for the film of ''Literature/TheBookThief''.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made a video on this topic titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNwudFGUOU 21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie]], including: high-contrast low-saturation lighting, suspenseful piano music, period clothing, disability, drug addiction, low camera angle, suicide, and a lot of other cliché things.
* [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow Game Theorist]] Matthew Patrick on his second channel ''Film Theory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdwySyRSgqc spends 15 minutes discussing]] the formula yielding the highests statistical chance of winning an oscar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5s Super Deluxe]] released an "Oscar contender" trailer for ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'', with the joke being that the film was made more appealing to the Academy voters by presenting it as an uplifting [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] movie about the group's Jewish manager.

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-->"Catchphwase!"
** See also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18460_5-reasons-oscars-matter-even-less-than-you-thought.html this article]] offering further proof that the Oscars exist solely to shit the bed.
-->''Catchphwase!''
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony's Spoony’s attempts to avoid "giving “giving in to the madness," ie madness” (''i.e.'' his evil split personality EnemyWithin Dr. Insano. He's a quite uncharacteristic LargeHam Insano). He’s dramatic enough about having it to constantly surpress his evil urges, and occasionally gets into frequently engage in HamToHamCombat over people wanting him to let Insano out.
about it.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': In the 3rd third segment of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] Linkara’s ''History of Power Rangers'' Series/PowerRangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake (they turned out to be playing, not drowning, as the lake was knee deep at that part), running lake. They run down the pier on in slow motion with inspirational music as they strip from their cadet uniforms into their swimsuits. At one point music. Linkara puts "Oscar clip" responds by putting “Oscar Clip” at the bottom of the screen.
* ''Nerd to
screen. (And it turns out the Third Power'' lake was knee-deep and the children were just playing.)
* ''WebVideo/NerdToTheThirdPower''
host Dr. Gonzo swore up and down that ''Film/{{Precious}}'' would win best picture, Best Picture, because "It's “it's about an underprivileged black rape victim who gives birth to an incest baby with down syndrome. I haven't even SEEN ''seen'' the movie and I already want to kill myself! It HAS ''has'' to win!" Those keeping score will know the ''The Hurt Locker'' won Best Picture that year.
(It didn’t; ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' did.)
* 11points.com had an 11 Points Countdown webisode about the [[http://www.11points.com/Countdown/11_Least_Deserving_Best_Picture_Winners_-_11_Points_Countdown 11 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners]], which claimed that ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' were Oscar bait.Bait. One of the commentators even says that ''The King's Speech'' was blatantly pandering to the older Academy voters, saying that it wouldn't have looked out of place winning Best Picture in 1965.
* In On ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad Jones says he thinks calling a film this Oscar Bait is very overused.an overused criticism. But he says he thinks it fits at least the trailer for the film of ''Literature/TheBookThief''.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made a video on this topic titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNwudFGUOU 21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie]], including: high-contrast low-saturation lighting, suspenseful piano music, period clothing, disability, drug addiction, low camera angle, suicide, and a lot of other cliché things.
clichés.
* [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow Game Theorist]] Matthew Patrick on his second channel ''Film Theory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdwySyRSgqc spends 15 fifteen minutes discussing]] the formula yielding the highests highest statistical chance of winning an oscar.
Oscar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5s Super Deluxe]] released an "Oscar contender" “Oscar contender” trailer for ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'', with the joke being that the film was made more appealing to the Academy voters by presenting it as an uplifting [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] WhiteMansBurden movie about the group's Jewish manager.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain who made an EvilPlan to kill critics and moviegoers by making a {{tearjerker}} film. His movie, ''[[MeaningfulName Oscar]] [[PunnyName Gold]]'', was about a mentally-challenged Jewish boy that is [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by the death of his puppy during the Holocaust, done in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]], all while hiding from the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi regime]] Anne Frank-style in an attic.
-->'''Stan:''' (while sobbing) "Don't hug him! He's Herman Goering!"
** And after that plot is foiled, he mentions having an even sadder movie, which is nothing but [[RuleOfDrama 6 hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.]]
* One WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short, ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', had Bugs pleading with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how cold he was. He suddenly perked up and said, "Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!" Then he finished "dying", complete with mournful violins. He's probably done this a few other times, too. The plot of ''What's Cookin', Doc?'' has him attending the ceremony and demanding he receive the Best Actor award.
** On at least one occasion he is ''actually handed an Oscar statue'' in the middle of an overwrought, melodramatic display.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} spoof of even the animated awards they'd be qualified to compete for. Saving a beached whale was the start of the short.
** It turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny (or at least one hell of a TakeThat) [[spoiler: after they lose...]]
** They also did a more standard gag earlier: in a Thanksgiving episode, Miles Standish was out hunting turkey and the Warners were playing Native Americans ''raised'' by turkeys. This allowed Dot to wax eloquent over their hardship all while "ACADEMY MEMBERS VOTE NOW!" flashed on the screen.
** There's also a brief, but blunt reference during "Jokahontas" their TakeThat against Disney movies in particular. During the song "Same Old Heroine" (a parody of Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind"), which is ALREADY a brutally mocking song about Disney recycling practically the same script for every movie, we hear these lines:
--->'''"The Schloscar it will win / with the same old heroine / it worked once, why not again?"'''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Burt Reynolds new film "Fireball And Mudflap".
-->"I play Jerry 'Fireball' Mudflap, a feisty supreme court justice who's searching for his birth mother while competing in a cross-country firetruck race. It's... garbage."
** In another episode, an entry form for Best Documentary is shown to read "Holocaust related" and "Non-Holocaust related".
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Color Ruckus", where Uncle Ruckus tells his depressing life story to Robert, Huey, and Riley, who can't help but listen, especially because it's so sad.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain who made an whose EvilPlan is to make a film that’s such a {{tearjerker}}, it will kill critics and moviegoers by making a {{tearjerker}} film. His movie, ''[[MeaningfulName Oscar]] [[PunnyName Gold]]'', was anyone who watches it. That film, ''Oscar Gold'', is about a mentally-challenged mentally challenged Jewish boy that is [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by the death of his puppy during the Holocaust, done in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]], all while hiding from the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi regime]] Anne Frank-style Nazis in an attic.
-->'''Stan:''' (while sobbing) "Don't hug him! He's Herman Goering!"
**
attic like Anne Frank. And after it’s DeliberatelyMonochrome. When that plot is foiled, fails, he mentions having an tries to go even sadder movie, which is nothing but [[RuleOfDrama 6 -- six hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.mother.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has been known to occasionally shill for Oscars with overwrought “dramatic” performances:
** 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.
** In ''What's Cookin’, Doc?'', he’s so enamored with his “acting” that he crashes the ceremony to demand his Best Actor award.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
** One short was an {{Anvilicious}} spoof of not just Oscar Bait, but also the animated awards the show could actually compete with. It started with saving a beached whale and went on from there. [[spoiler:They didn’t win, and everything went to Hell after that.
]]
* One WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short, ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', had Bugs pleading with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how cold he was. He suddenly perked up and said, "Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!" Then he finished "dying", complete with mournful violins. He's probably done this a few other times, too. The plot of ''What's Cookin', Doc?'' has him attending the ceremony and demanding he receive the Best Actor award.
** On at least one occasion he is ''actually handed an Oscar statue'' in the middle of an overwrought, melodramatic display.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} spoof of even the animated awards they'd be qualified to compete for. Saving a beached whale was the start of the short.
** It turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny (or at least one hell of a TakeThat) [[spoiler: after they lose...]]
** They also did a more standard gag earlier: in
In a Thanksgiving episode, Miles Standish was Standing is out hunting turkey and turkeys, while the Warners were playing play Native Americans ''raised'' by turkeys. This allowed While Dot to wax waxes eloquent over their hardship all while "ACADEMY hardship, the caption “ACADEMY MEMBERS VOTE NOW!" flashed NOW!” flashes on the screen.
** There's also a brief, but blunt reference during "Jokahontas" During their “Jokahontas” sketch, a TakeThat against Disney movies in particular. During Creator/{{Disney}} movies, the song "Same “Same Old Heroine" (a parody of Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind"), which is ALREADY a brutally mocking song about Disney recycling practically the same script for every movie, we hear these lines:
--->'''"The
Heroine” has this line:
-->''The
Schloscar it will win / with With the same old heroine / it It worked once, why not again?"'''.
again?''
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Burt Reynolds ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Creator/BurtReynolds describes his
new film "Fireball And Mudflap".
-->"I
''Fireball and Mudflap'':
--> “I
play Jerry 'Fireball' ‘Fireball’ Mudflap, a feisty supreme court Supreme Court justice who's who’s searching for his birth mother while competing in a cross-country firetruck race. It's... garbage."

** In another episode, An an entry form for Best Documentary is shown to read "Holocaust related" and "Non-Holocaust related".
ask entrants to declare if they are “Holocaust-related” or "Non-Holocaust-related”.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The “The Color Ruckus", Ruckus”, where Uncle Ruckus tells his depressing life story to Robert, Huey, and Riley, who can't can’t help but listen, especially listen because it's it’s so sad.



* ''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".
** In another episode, Meryl Streep receives an Oscar for Best Ordering In A Restaurant. She puts it in a purse full of many Oscars.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
**
In "Hare “Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", Tomorrow”, when Buster pretends to suffocate in the cage Elmyra put him in, Hamton shows up to give him an award for "Best “Best Death in on Daytime Television".
Television”.
** In another episode, Meryl Streep receives an Oscar for Best “Best Ordering In A Restaurant. in a Restaurant”. She puts it in a purse full of many other Oscars.



--> '''John C. Reilly''': "Fellas! This madness must stop, there is no need to fear, you can have your cake and eat it too, just look at my career! I didn't cry when I would lose, I didn't pick silly fights, I chose to be in both ''Boogie'' and ''Talladega'' niiiights! Don't just be clowns, 'cause then you're just bores, mix it up and Oscars shall be yoooours!"
--> '''Jack Black''': "He's right! I'm gonna re read that script about the guy who gets lead poisoning and then sues a major corporation, there's not a laugh in there!
--> '''Will Farrell''': "And I'm gonna take that project about the guy with no arms and legs who teaches gangbangers Hamlet!"
* On fanfiction sites like fimfiction.net, there is a similar phrase called "feature bait". It is different from oscar bait, in that it tends to be "fun" stories, often erotic or completely insane. Oscar bait type stories tend to not do so well with reader popularity.
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--> '''John C. Reilly''': "Fellas! '''Reilly:''' Fellas! This madness must stop, there is no need to fear, you can have your cake and eat it too, just look at my career! I didn't cry when I would lose, I didn't didn’t pick silly fights, I chose to be in both ''Boogie'' ''Film/{{Boogie}}'' and ''Talladega'' niiiights! ''Film/TalladegaNights''! Don't just be clowns, 'cause ‘cause then you're just bores, mix it up up, and Oscars shall be yoooours!"
--> '''Jack Black''':
yours!\\
'''Black:'''
"He's right! I'm gonna re read re-read that script about the guy who gets lead poisoning and then sues a major corporation, there's not a laugh in there!
--> '''Will Farrell''':
there!\\
'''Farrell:'''
"And I'm gonna take that project about the guy with no arms and legs who teaches gangbangers Hamlet!"
* On fanfiction sites like fimfiction.net, there is a similar phrase called "feature bait". It is different from oscar bait, in that it tends to be "fun" stories, often erotic or completely insane. Oscar bait type stories tend to not do so well with reader popularity.
''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''!"
[[/folder]]
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* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', other than being a PostNineElevenTerrorismFilm, had very little going for it on the Oscar front; it had a low budget, no big stars, no big studio to promote it, and not even a political message. It wound up winning Best Picture in 2010, in spite of having the lowest box office numbers of any Best Picture winner ever. One thing that ''did'' work in its favor was the narrative of Creator/KathrynBigelow becoming the first female director to win Best Director -- over her ex-husband Creator/JamesCameron. (But some suggest that this was why she wasn’t nominated for ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' a few years later.)

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* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', other than being a PostNineElevenTerrorismFilm, PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie, had very little going for it on the Oscar front; it had a low budget, no big stars, no big studio to promote it, and not even a political message. It wound up winning Best Picture in 2010, in spite of having the lowest box office numbers of any Best Picture winner ever. One thing that ''did'' work in its favor was the narrative of Creator/KathrynBigelow becoming the first female director to win Best Director -- over her ex-husband Creator/JamesCameron. (But some suggest that this was why she wasn’t nominated for ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' a few years later.)
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** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio’s got his first Oscar nomination for playing a mentally handicapped boy in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. He kept going to try and win one, many times acting even better in typical Oscar Bait films, [[AwardSnub but wouldn’t win one]] for another 22 years.

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** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio’s Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio got his first Oscar nomination for playing a mentally handicapped boy in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. He kept going to try and win one, many times acting even better in typical Oscar Bait films, [[AwardSnub but wouldn’t win one]] for another 22 years.



** ''Film/{{Serena}} is a bleak PeriodPiece set during TheGreatDepression, starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/BradleyCooper (fresh from the success of ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'') as a morally dubious timber tycoon and his increasingly unstable wife. It bombed critically and commercially and sat on the shelf for a year and a half.

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** ''Film/{{Serena}} ''Film/{{Serena}}'' is a bleak PeriodPiece set during TheGreatDepression, starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/BradleyCooper (fresh from the success of ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'') as a morally dubious timber tycoon and his increasingly unstable wife. It bombed critically and commercially and sat on the shelf for a year and a half.



* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu believes so hard in TrueArtIsAngsty that ''Magazine/RollingStone'' dubbed him Hollywood’s “King of Pain”. And he’s raked in the Oscars, for such films as ''Film/21Grams'', ''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/{{Biutiful}}'', and ''Film/TheRevenant'' (yes, he’s angsty enough to get Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio his elusive Oscar). Even ''Film/{{Birdman}}'', his least Oscar-baity film, won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

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* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu believes so hard in TrueArtIsAngsty that ''Magazine/RollingStone'' dubbed him Hollywood’s “King of Pain”. And he’s raked in the Oscars, for such films as ''Film/21Grams'', ''Film/TwentyOneGrams'', ''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/{{Biutiful}}'', and ''Film/TheRevenant'' (yes, he’s angsty enough to get Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio his elusive Oscar). Even ''Film/{{Birdman}}'', his least Oscar-baity film, won three Oscars, including Best Picture.



* ''Film/{{Hawking}}, a {{biopic}} of famously disabled genius astrophysicist Creator/StevenHawking, was saturated with BAFTA Bait topics – and not just about Hawking struggling with his ALS or his efforts in science. It even managed to include a few Holocaust references; a supporting character had to flee Nazi Germany with his family as a child.

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* ''Film/{{Hawking}}, ''Film/{{Hawking}}'', a {{biopic}} of famously disabled genius astrophysicist Creator/StevenHawking, Creator/StephenHawking, was saturated with BAFTA Bait topics – and not just about Hawking struggling with his ALS or his efforts in science. It even managed to include a few Holocaust references; a supporting character had to flee Nazi Germany with his family as a child.
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** The film adaptation of ''Theatre/JerseyBoys'', itself a multiple Tony-winning musical, was a {{biopic}} of Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons with an AllStarCast.



* ''Film/TheGreatZiegfeld'', Best Picture winner of 1936, was three long hours of big Broadway musical ''and'' angsty melodrama. This lavish {{Biopic}} starred Creator/WilliamPowell as the producer whose name, four years after his death (depicted in the film's last scene, of course), was the most legendary in show business.
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'', although one gets the feeling they originally didn't ''dare'' dream that big: an inspirational true story, and the role that won Creator/SandraBullock an Oscar was originally meant to be a reprise of the tough {{tsundere}} ''Erin Brockovich'' (also an inspirational true story)-type for Creator/JuliaRoberts (seriously, the original thinking was "Julia Roberts as Leigh Anne Touhy or ''nothing''. Maybe it can be a father-son bonding story...").
* "The Long Goodbye" was an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' obviously - perhaps painfully - designed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It omitted the rest of the regular cast and pitted her character against her character's father's Alzheimer's. While Janney delivered her usual spectacular performance, she certainly didn't ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode... she was taking care of winning Emmys just fine by herself, thank you very much, seeing as how she scored ''four'' over the course of the series.
* The winner of the Golden Bear award in 2010 is the Turkish movie ''Bal'' (Honey). It's about a six year old boy wandering through a forest looking for his father, who is a beekeeper and disappeared after all his bees vanished. Of course the father dies in an accident. There's few dialog or music in the film (and probably not much of a plot as well), and all the characters seem not to be quite right.
* The 2008 film ''Film/{{Defiance}}'' might be one of the more shamelessly obvious, borderline cynical attempts at an Oscar grab in the past few years. It's BasedOnATrueStory, set during the Holocaust, and follows a community of Belarussian Jews as they hide in the forests and fight back against the Nazis (in other words: Oscar gold). It has the fairly standard dark and gritty tone favored by Academy voters, with a brooding AntiHero (played by frequent award winner Creator/DanielCraig) forced into cruel, angsty moral dilemmas that play out as if saying "you seeing this, voters?" [[Film/SchindlersList The film ends with a short montage of the fates of the people depicted, with real life pictures and the assurance that the descendants of this group numbers in the tens of thousands today.]] Ironically enough, in spite of having pretty much everything needed for a total Oscar blowout, it only received nominations for its music from both Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
* A different sort of Oscar-bait took place in 2011 with YoungerAndHipper hosts Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/JamesFranco, who both happen to be in the Oscar-bait-tastic movies ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs'' (in which she plays a woman falling in love with a guy played by Jake Gyllenhaal while dying of a disease) and ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' (in which he plays a RealLife hiker who [[spoiler: gets trapped by a boulder and cuts off his own hand to escape]]). Franco was actually up for Best Actor that year (and didn't win).
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by her:
--->'''Anne Hathaway:''' I thought getting naked would get me an Oscar nod.
* Another early example is ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', which is based on the true story of a deaf-mute girl who is raped. Then she has her rapist's baby. Then she has to fight to try to keep her baby when she is declared "unfit" to raise it. Then she is put on trial for the murder of her rapist. All while struggling to pay the bills on the family farm. Jane Wyman, who played said deaf girl, somehow managed to get the Best Actress Oscar.
* Susanne Bier's ''Hævnen'' (''In a Better World'', though the Danish title means Revenge), which won for Best Foreign Film, features a failing marriage; vicious school bullies; one boy attacking another with a bicycle pump and threatening him with a knife; a doctor working in an African refugee camp terrorised by a man who cuts pregnant women open; and a 12-year-old boy whose mother has just died, who nearly kills three people -- a mother, her small daughter and the boy's also 12-year-old friend -- with an improvised bomb meant just to blow up a car, and who then comes close to suicide.
* ''Film/{{Serena}}'', also directed by Bier, has a very Oscar-baiting feel to it. A bleak PeriodPiece drama set during TheGreatDepression starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/BradleyCooper, fresh from [[Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook another Oscar-winning success]], as a morally dubious timber tycoon and his increasingly unstable wife. While the premise sounds like a given nominee for the Best Picture award, the final film, released at a British film festival a year and a half after being finished, bombed critically and commercially.
* ''Film/TheHelp''. PeriodPiece taking place in TheSixties? Check. WhiteMansBurden-type plot? (the main character is a white female reporter who helps black maids) Based on a bestselling novel? Check.
* Several reviews use the term itself in reference to 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.
* A rather obvious example of the "December release" bait is the 2012 film ''Film/TheIronLady'', getting a limited release on December 30th, 2011 in only Los Angeles and New York, barely above the bare minimum needed for Oscar eligibility. Of course, that's not counting the bait revolving around the movie itself. Technically, it's a period piece, controversial, biopic, InspirationallyDisadvantaged (they show UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's struggle with dementia), Creator/MerylStreep, need we go on? When the rumors first started that Streep was playing Thatcher in a film, a few people joked that there must be a box of awards with Streep's name already on them, and they were just making the movie as an excuse to finally give them to her.
* ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'', basically the new ''Reader''. Despite getting mixed reviews by critics (47% on Rotten Tomatoes), it got a best picture nomination. Why? The reasons are many. It deals with the September 11 attacks and an AmbiguousDisorder child who has to deal with them and their effect on his family. It stars Creator/TomHanks and Creator/SandraBullock, both powerful figures in the film industry. Directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed other Oscar Bait films such as ''The Hours'' and ''The Reader'', written by Eric Roth, who wrote ''Film/ForrestGump'' and ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', and produced by Scott Rudin, second only to the Weinsteins in influence over the Academy.
* ''Film/{{Invictus}}''. A bio pic featuring Nelson Mandela helping inspire South Africa's underdog rugby team.
* Ron Howard's ''Film/ABeautifulMind'', (loosely) about RealLife paranoid schizophrenic (and Nobel Laureate in Economics) John Nash. Cured by ThePowerOfLove? Check. Whitewashes potential unsavory details, such as Nash's bisexuality? Check. Special mention goes to winning an Best Screenwriting Oscar for the man who wrote ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* ''Film/GreenZone''. Academy Award nominated star and director? Check. War movie? Check. Themes RippedFromTheHeadlines? Check. Supposed anti-war message? Check. However, the film got pushed back and was panned by critics when it was released.
* From a sufficiently cynical (or simply trope-saturated) point of view, ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' looks like stereotypical Oscar (or in this case BAFTA) Bait. It's a historical biopic about a disabled genius's efforts to accomplish something significant before his health issues kill him. The narration even works in a few Holocaust references, since a supporting character had to flee Nazi Germany with his family when he was a child.
* The Broadway musical ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' seems to have been created as Tony bait, getting nominated for thirteen categories (though only winning four of them, none of which were for writing), as well as to try and prove once and for all that TrueArtIsAngsty. The show pretty much consists of the characters angsting over various things, including, but not limited to: all of their UnresolvedSexualTension, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream (Flavor 2), the protagonist's conflict over whether or not he should give up on UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream and instead follow his [[ImmigrantParents Immigrant Grandmother]] back to her birth land, the [[CrapsackWorld barrio]] and whether or not to stay in it, and finally, [[spoiler:[[DeathByNewberyMedal the death of the protagonist's grandmother]]]], which actually forms the ''climax'' of the story (even though it's pretty obvious that it's going to happen from early on). Sprinkle in some modern, albeit catchy infusions of hip-hop and salsa music, and you have a Tony-winning musical.
* The 2008 documentary ''[[Film/YoungAtHeart Young@Heart]]'' is about a pensioners' choir going on tour. It's also a pretty blatant button-pushing exercise with a constant subtext of "give me an award!". (In fact, it's so blatant, it's almost surprising it didn't fall victim to HypeBacklash). For various reasons it wasn't eligible for either an Oscar or an Emmy, but it did win its main target, the Rose d'Or, and prizes at a bunch of festivals, only occasionally losing out to ''Film/ManOnWire''.
* ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' definitely counts, to the point where Creator/EllenDeGeneres said at the beginning of the 2014 Oscars, "Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility number one: ''12 Years A Slave'' wins Best Picture; Possibility number two: You're all racists." On the contrary, it ''did'' win Best Picture that night, despite losing in most other categories to ''Film/{{Gravity}}''.
* Creator/DavidORussell's last four films (''Film/TheFighter'', ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'', ''Film/AmericanHustle'', and ''Film/{{Joy}}'') are basically films designed to win Oscars with their blatant pandering to the mainstream audiences, premises based on Oscar-proven subject matter (the former and latter were based on true stories, the second was based on a book) casting popular actors in showy roles and to show Hollywood that he is no longer the ego-driven director who made his own cast and crew members hate him. This pandering has been mixed at best as despite three acting wins, Russell himself has not won an Oscar and none of the films won Best Picture (the last one went 0/10 at the ceremony).
* The trailer for ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' bombarded viewers with info like it being based on a classic bestseller, boasting an AllStarCast, a sweeping musical score, and doves. Really, what's with all the doves?
* ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' is an epic musical biopic with an overtly patriotic fervor.
* The SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' would have to be 2014's ''Film/{{Selma}}'', a {{biopic}} about UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr. This time, the Academy didn't take the bait, as it only scored two nominations (for Best Picture and Best Original Song - it won the latter over [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Everything Is Awesome]]).
* Similarly, ''Film/GetOnUp'', starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in a biopic-musical-{{Dramedy}} about his complicated career, past, etc. Upon the film's release, Boseman's performance was often touted as worthy of at least a Best Actor nomination. It never happened.
* Likewise, the 2014 adaptation of ''Theatre/JerseyBoys''.
* The joint 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.
* ''Film/{{Argo}}''. VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory. Deals with American involvement in the Middle East. A movie about making a (fake) movie. And it was set in TheSeventies, so it was still technically a period piece. It was voted Best Picture for 2013 and won two other Oscars that year.
* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' - a biopic about a World War II code breaker. It looked like it was going for the one-two punch of having its lead character be both gay and InspirationallyDisadvantaged. Although it got plenty of nominations, the only Oscar it won was for its screenplay. It's been suggested that the reason it didn't win anything else was because of ArtisticLicenceHistory to focus on the lead's AmbiguousDisorder (which the film exaggerated) and downplaying [[ButNotTooGay his homosexuality]].
* ''Film/{{Joy}}'' - an uplifting biopic in the same vein as ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' with a female empowerment message. To boot it starred Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, as well as nominee Bradley Cooper. It didn't seem to take, as the only nomination it got was Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress.
* With the exception of ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' (which, ironically enough, earned him a whopping three gold statues including Best Picture), anything by Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu, who Magazine/RollingStone even called him Hollywood's [[TrueArtIsAngsty King of pain]]. Even his least celebrated work, ''Film/{{Biutiful}}'' (a drama about a dying father who must involve himself criminal activities to support his family) managed to snag two Oscar nods for Best Actor (Creator/JavierBardem) and Foreign Language Film.
* Subverted big time with ''Literature/MommieDearest''. It's a biopic about an Oscar winner (Joan Crawford) with some hard-hitting subject matter - namely the abuse she allegedly inflicted on her adopted daughter. Faye Dunaway believed she would win an Oscar for the role. The problem? The resulting film was a fountain of {{Narm}} and the studio tried a ParodyRetcon to advertise it as a camp comedy. Although it earned $39 million at the Box Office, it was trashed by critics - especially for Dunaway ChewingTheScenery. The film saw the decline of her career as an A-list star.

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* ''Film/TheGreatZiegfeld'', Best Picture winner of 1936, was three long hours of big Broadway musical ''and'' angsty melodrama. This lavish {{Biopic}} starred Creator/WilliamPowell as the producer whose name, four years after his death (depicted in the film's film’s last scene, of course), scene), was the most legendary in show business.
* ''Film/TheBlindSide'', although one gets the feeling they originally didn't ''dare'' dream that big: an inspirational true story, and the role that won Creator/SandraBullock an Oscar was originally meant to be a reprise of the tough {{tsundere}} ''Erin Brockovich'' (also an inspirational true story)-type for Creator/JuliaRoberts (seriously, the original thinking was "Julia Roberts as Leigh Anne Touhy or ''nothing''. Maybe it can be a father-son bonding story...").
* "The Long Goodbye" was an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' obviously - perhaps painfully - designed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It omitted the rest of the regular cast and pitted her character against her character's father's Alzheimer's. While Janney delivered her usual spectacular performance, she certainly didn't ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode... she was taking care of winning Emmys just fine by herself, thank you very much, seeing as how she scored ''four'' over the course of the series.
* The winner of the Golden Bear award in 2010 is the Turkish movie ''Bal'' (Honey). It's about a six year old boy wandering through a forest looking for his father, who is a beekeeper and disappeared after all his bees vanished. Of course the father dies in an accident. There's few dialog or music in the film (and probably not much of a plot as well), and all the characters seem not to be quite right.
* The 2008 film ''Film/{{Defiance}}'' might be is one of the more shamelessly obvious, borderline cynical attempts at an most shameless Oscar grab grabs in the past few years. It's BasedOnATrueStory, set during the Holocaust, recent memory. It’s BasedOnATrueStory and follows a community of Belarussian Jews as they hide hiding in the forests and fight back against forest from [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust the Nazis (in other words: Oscar gold). Nazis]]. It has the fairly standard dark and gritty tone favored by Academy voters, with a brooding AntiHero (played by frequent award winner Creator/DanielCraig) who is forced into [[TrueArtIsAngsty cruel, angsty moral dilemmas that play out as if saying "you seeing this, voters?" [[Film/SchindlersList The film ends dilemmas.]] It took a page from ''Film/SchindlersList'' and ended with a short montage PhotoMontage of the fates of the people depicted, with real life pictures real-life survivors and the assurance that the their descendants of this group numbers in as a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. And it totally bombed at the tens of thousands today.]] Ironically enough, in spite of having pretty much everything needed for a total Oscar blowout, it Oscars, only received nominations for its getting music from both Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
nominations.
* A different sort of Oscar-bait took place in 2011 with saw two YoungerAndHipper hosts who had previously been in Oscar-baity movies, Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/JamesFranco, who both happen to be in the Oscar-bait-tastic movies ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs'' (in which she plays (who played a woman falling in love with a guy played by Jake Gyllenhaal while and dying of a disease) disease in ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs'') and ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' (in which he plays Creator/JamesFranco (who played a RealLife hiker who [[spoiler: gets trapped by [[spoiler:gets in a boulder and cuts off his own hand LifeOrLimbDecision]] in ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'', which was BasedOnATrueStory). Both were willing to escape]]). {{lampshade|d}} their situations as they related to this trope; Franco was actually was up for Best Actor that year (and didn't win).
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by her:
--->'''Anne Hathaway:''' I
(but didn’t win), and as for Hathaway:
-->''I
thought getting naked would get me an Oscar nod.
nod.''
* Another early example ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'' is ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', which is based on the true story BasedOnATrueStory of a deaf-mute girl who is raped. Then she gets raped, has her rapist's baby. Then she rapist’s baby, gets declared “unfit” to raise the baby and has to fight to try to keep her baby when she is declared "unfit" to raise it. Then she it, and is put on trial for the her rapist’s murder of her rapist. All -- all while struggling to pay the bills on the family farm. Jane Wyman, who played said deaf girl, somehow managed to get the Creator/JaneWyman won Best Actress Oscar.
for playing her.
* Susanne Bier's Danish director Creator/SusanneBier has this reputation:
**
''Hævnen'' (''In a Better World'', though the Danish title means Revenge), which won (Danish for Best Foreign Film, features “revenge”, but released internationally as ''Film/InABetterWorld'') had everything: a failing marriage; marriage, vicious school bullies; one boy attacking another with a bicycle pump bullies and threatening him with a knife; attacks, TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior, dead parents, and a doctor working in an African refugee camp terrorised by a man who cuts pregnant women open; and a 12-year-old boy whose mother has just died, who nearly kills three people -- a mother, her small daughter and open. It won Best Foreign Film at the boy's also 12-year-old friend -- with an improvised bomb meant just to blow up Oscars.
** ''Film/{{Serena}} is
a car, and who then comes close to suicide.
* ''Film/{{Serena}}'', also directed by Bier, has a very Oscar-baiting feel to it. A
bleak PeriodPiece drama set during TheGreatDepression TheGreatDepression, starring Creator/JenniferLawrence and Creator/BradleyCooper, fresh Creator/BradleyCooper (fresh from [[Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook another Oscar-winning success]], the success of ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'') as a morally dubious timber tycoon and his increasingly unstable wife. While the premise sounds like a given nominee for the Best Picture award, the final film, released at a British film festival a year and a half after being finished, It bombed critically and commercially.
commercially and sat on the shelf for a year and a half.
* ''Film/TheHelp''. ''Film/TheHelp'' checks many boxes. It’s a PeriodPiece taking place set in TheSixties? Check. WhiteMansBurden-type plot? (the TheSixties whose main character is a white female reporter [[WhiteMansBurden who helps out black maids) Based maids]], and it’s also based on a bestselling novel? Check.
best-selling novel.
* Several reviews use the term itself in reference to Steven Spielberg's 2011 ''Literature/WarHorse'', a 2001 film version by Creator/StevenSpielberg, was widely accused of ''Literature/WarHorse''. The film's being Oscar Bait -- even on the sole basis of its bombastic, overwrought trailer provoked a similar reaction from many moviegoers even before its release.
trailer, which basically resulted in massive HypeBacklash.
* A rather obvious example of the "December release" bait is the 2012 film ''Film/TheIronLady'', getting a limited {{biopic}} of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, is clear Oscar Bait, and not just because Thatcher is played by Creator/MerylStreep. It didn’t shy away from controversy, addressed [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged Thatcher’s struggle with dementia]], is technically a PeriodPiece, and its initial release on December 30th, 2011 was in only select theaters in Los Angeles and New York, York on December 30, 2011 -- barely above meeting the bare minimum needed requirements to be eligible for Oscar eligibility. Of course, that's not counting the bait revolving around the movie itself. Technically, it's a period piece, controversial, biopic, InspirationallyDisadvantaged (they show UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's struggle with dementia), Creator/MerylStreep, need we go on? When the rumors first started that Streep was playing Thatcher in a film, a few people next year’s Oscars. Observers joked that there the Academy must be have had a whole box of awards Oscars with Streep's Streep’s name already on them, them and they were just making the movie as was looking for an excuse to finally give them to her.
* ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'', basically the new ''Reader''. Despite getting mixed reviews by critics (47% on Rotten Tomatoes), it got a best picture nomination. Why? The reasons are many. It deals with the September 11 attacks and an AmbiguousDisorder child who has to deal with them and their effect on his family. It ''Film/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose'' stars Creator/TomHanks and Creator/SandraBullock, both powerful figures Creator/SandraBullock who try to raise a child with an AmbiguousDisorder in the film industry. Directed aftermath of 9/11, as he struggles to deal with the attacks. It was also made by Stephen Daldry, who directed other a number of people with big Oscar Bait films such as ''The Hours'' and ''The Reader'', credentials; it was directed by Creator/StephenDaltry (''Film/TheHours'', ''Film/TheReader''); written by Eric Roth, who wrote ''Film/ForrestGump'' and ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', Creator/EricRoth (''Film/ForrestGump'', ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton''); and produced by Scott Rudin, second Rudin (second only to the Weinsteins in influence over the Academy.
* ''Film/{{Invictus}}''. A bio pic featuring Nelson Mandela helping inspire South Africa's underdog rugby team.
Academy). It got a Best Picture nomination, but it had mixed critical reviews.
* Ron Howard's ''Film/ABeautifulMind'', (loosely) about RealLife Howard’s ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' is a [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loose account]] of the life of John Nash, pioneer economist, Nobel laureate, and paranoid schizophrenic (and Nobel Laureate in Economics) John Nash. Cured by ThePowerOfLove? Check. Whitewashes potential schizophrenic. The film controversially whitewashed some of the potentially unsavory details, such as Nash's bisexuality? Check. Special mention goes to winning an Best Screenwriting Oscar for the man who wrote ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* ''Film/GreenZone''. Academy Award nominated star
details of his life (like [[NoBisexuals his bisexuality]]) and director? Check. War movie? Check. Themes RippedFromTheHeadlines? Check. Supposed suggested he was cured by ThePowerOfLove.
* ''Film/GreenZone'' is a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie which tried to have an {{Anvilicious}}
anti-war message? Check. However, message but only really proved that TruffautWasRight. It starred Creator/MattDamon and was directed by Creator/PaulGreengrass, so it had the film star power, too. But it got pushed back and was panned by critics when it was released.
* From ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'', a sufficiently cynical (or simply trope-saturated) point visceral depiction of view, ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' looks like stereotypical a man tricked into slavery in the South and the abuses he faced there, was also prime Oscar (or Bait material. It won Best Picture in this case BAFTA) Bait. It's a historical biopic about a disabled genius's efforts 2014 (although it lost many others to accomplish something significant before his health issues kill him. The narration even works in a few Holocaust references, since a supporting character had to flee Nazi Germany with his family when he ''Film/{{Gravity}}''). This was a child.
* The Broadway musical ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' seems to have been created
seen as Tony bait, getting nominated for thirteen categories (though only winning four of them, none of which were for writing), as well as to try and prove once and for all so inevitable that TrueArtIsAngsty. The show pretty much consists of the characters angsting over various things, including, but not limited to: all of their UnresolvedSexualTension, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream (Flavor 2), the protagonist's conflict over whether or not he should give up on UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream and instead follow his [[ImmigrantParents Immigrant Grandmother]] back to her birth land, the [[CrapsackWorld barrio]] and whether or not to stay in it, and finally, [[spoiler:[[DeathByNewberyMedal the death of the protagonist's grandmother]]]], which actually forms the ''climax'' of the story (even though it's pretty obvious that it's going to happen from early on). Sprinkle in some modern, albeit catchy infusions of hip-hop and salsa music, and you have a Tony-winning musical.
* The 2008 documentary ''[[Film/YoungAtHeart Young@Heart]]'' is about a pensioners' choir going on tour. It's also a pretty blatant button-pushing exercise with a constant subtext of "give me an award!". (In fact, it's so blatant, it's almost surprising it didn't fall victim to HypeBacklash). For various reasons it wasn't eligible for either an Oscar or an Emmy, but it did win its main target, the Rose d'Or, and prizes at a bunch of festivals, only occasionally losing out to ''Film/ManOnWire''.
* ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' definitely counts, to the point where
Creator/EllenDeGeneres said addressed this at the beginning start of the 2014 Oscars, "Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility ceremony:
-->''Possibility
number one: ''12 Years A a Slave'' wins Best Picture; Picture. Possibility number two: You're you’re all racists." On the contrary, it ''did'' win Best Picture that night, despite losing in most other categories to ''Film/{{Gravity}}''.
''
* Creator/DavidORussell's last four films (''Film/TheFighter'', ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'', ''Film/AmericanHustle'', and ''Film/{{Joy}}'') are were all basically films designed to win Oscars with their blatant pandering to the mainstream audiences, Oscars. Their premises were all based on Oscar-proven subject matter (the former and latter were based on true stories, the second was based on (either BasedOnATrueStory or a book) casting best-selling book), they all had popular actors in showy roles roles, and they all touched on serious subject matter. Russell may also have been trying to show Hollywood prove that he is no longer the ego-driven was a serious director who made (as he had had issues with his own cast and crew members hate him. This pandering has been mixed at best as despite three acting wins, in previous films). Russell himself has not won an Oscar and didn’t win Oscars for any of these films (only three actors did), none of the films them won Best Picture (the last one Picture, and ''Joy'' went 0/10 0-for-10 at the ceremony).
ceremony.
* The trailer for ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' bombarded viewers with info like it being based on ''Film/{{Selma}}'' is a classic bestseller, boasting an AllStarCast, a sweeping musical score, and doves. Really, what's with all 2014 {{biopic}} of UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr, depicting Dr. King’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 in support of the doves?
* ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' is an epic musical biopic with an overtly patriotic fervor.
* The SpiritualSuccessor to
Civil Rights Act. It was released in the fallout from ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' would have and tried to be 2014's ''Film/{{Selma}}'', a {{biopic}} about UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr. This time, tick the same boxes. But the Academy didn't didn’t take the bait, as bait; it won only scored two nominations (for Best Picture and Best Original Song - Song, and it won the latter over [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie Everything Is Awesome]]).
was nominated for but didn’t win Best Picture.
* Similarly, ''Film/GetOnUp'', starring Chadwick Boseman ''Film/GetOnUp'' stars Creator/ChadwickBoseman as James Brown Music/JamesBrown, in a biopic-musical-{{Dramedy}} musical {{biopic}}/{{dramedy}} about his the musician’s complicated career, past, etc. Upon life and career. It bombed at the film's release, Boseman's Oscars, in spite of observers feeling that at least Boseman’s performance was often touted as worthy of at least should have gotten him a Best Actor nomination. It never happened.
nomination.
* Likewise, the 2014 adaptation of ''Theatre/JerseyBoys''.
* The
''Film/TheHundredFootJourney'' is a joint Steven Spielberg-Oprah Winfrey project ''Film/TheHundredFootJourney''. A film from Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/OprahWinfrey about ''chefs''. Chef ''families''. Two two chef families--one French, families -- one from India--initially rivals France, the other from India -- who eventually learn work to put aside reconcile their differences and work together. Meanwhile, the son in differences, while the Indian son has to choose between his family aspires to be and his dream of becoming a great Parisian chef himself--and achieves his dreams, but comes back to his family. chef. It received no Oscar Bait, through and through. No nominations.
* ''Film/{{Argo}}''. VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory. Deals with ''Film/{{Argo}}'' was VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory of a group of American involvement in diplomats who escape the Middle East. A movie about siege of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Creator/BenAffleck plays a CIA agent who smuggles them out by having them pretend to be Canadians making a (fake) fake movie. And it was set in TheSeventies, so it was still technically a period piece. It was voted Best Picture for 2013 and won two other three Oscars that year.
in 2013, including Best Picture.
* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' - was a biopic {{biopic}} about a World War II code breaker. Creator/AlanTuring, famous UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era codebreaker and later computer scientist, as played by Creator/BenedictCumberbatch. It looked like it was going for had the one-two punch of having its lead character be both Turing being a genius, InspirationallyDisadvantaged, ''and'' [[{{Gayngst}} gay and InspirationallyDisadvantaged. Although it in an era when that was very bad]]. It got plenty of nominations, the but only won one Oscar it won was for its screenplay. It's been suggested that Best Screenplay. Ultimately, people pinned this on ArtisticLicenseHistory and the reason it didn't win anything else was because of ArtisticLicenceHistory choice to focus on the lead's AmbiguousDisorder (which the film exaggerated) exaggerate Turing’s mental problems and downplaying [[ButNotTooGay downplay his homosexuality]].
homosexuality]].
* ''Film/{{Joy}}'' - an uplifting biopic Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu believes so hard in TrueArtIsAngsty that ''Magazine/RollingStone'' dubbed him Hollywood’s “King of Pain”. And he’s raked in the same vein Oscars, for such films as ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' with a female empowerment message. To boot it starred Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence ''Film/21Grams'', ''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''Film/{{Biutiful}}'', and Robert De Niro, as well as nominee Bradley Cooper. It didn't seem ''Film/TheRevenant'' (yes, he’s angsty enough to take, as the only nomination it got was Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress.
* With the exception of ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' (which, ironically enough, earned him a whopping
get Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio his elusive Oscar). Even ''Film/{{Birdman}}'', his least Oscar-baity film, won three gold statues Oscars, including Best Picture), anything by Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu, who Magazine/RollingStone even called him Hollywood's [[TrueArtIsAngsty King of pain]]. Even his least celebrated work, ''Film/{{Biutiful}}'' (a drama about Picture.
* ''Film/MommieDearest'' is
a dying father who must involve himself criminal activities to support his family) managed to snag two Oscar nods for Best Actor (Creator/JavierBardem) and Foreign Language Film.
* Subverted big time with ''Literature/MommieDearest''. It's a biopic about
{{biopic}} based on Creator/JoanCrawford (herself an Oscar winner (Joan Crawford) winner) and her abusive relationship with some hard-hitting subject matter - namely the abuse she allegedly inflicted on her adopted daughter. Faye Dunaway believed daughter -- it’s even based on the daughter’s autobiography. The film was meant to be total Oscar Bait, and Creator/FayeDunaway was convinced that she would win an Oscar for playing Crawford. But she botched it, ChewingTheScenery so hard that it made the role. The problem? The resulting film was a fountain of veritable {{Narm}} and the fountain. The studio tried even resorted to a ParodyRetcon to advertise try and claim that it as was a camp campy comedy. Although it earned $39 million at the Box Office, it was trashed by critics - especially for Dunaway ChewingTheScenery. The film saw the decline of her Dunaway’s career as an A-list star.star.
* The 1992 Creator/SpikeLee film ''Film/MalcolmX'' is an epic {{biopic}} about the eponymous icon of the civil rights movement, with an inspirational [[TheCameo cameo]] from none other than Nelson Mandela himself. It was nominated for two Oscars, winning neither. {{Subverted|trope}}, though, in that Lee was more concerned with doing justice to the life of Malcolm X than actually winning anything, but the cynics among us will say that the film was calculated Oscar Bait.
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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode “The Long Goodbye” was painfully obviously designed to score Creator/AllisonJanney an Emmy nomination. It did so by omitting most of the regular cast to show her character battling her father’s Alzheimer’s disease. This was particularly strange because Janney won four Emmys on her own over the course of the series, so she didn’t ''need'' a weepy Emmy-bait episode.



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* The Animated Feature category established in 2001 may ghettoize the form, but the voters are now more open to nominating independent efforts such as ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'' and often eschew QualityByPopularVote (''Anime/SpiritedAway'''s 2002 win, [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle the]] [[WallaceAndGromit 2005]] [[WesternAnimation/CorpseBride nominees]]). On the other hand, anime films have been snubbed from nominations unless they are Creator/StudioGhibli efforts that benefit from U.S. distributor Disney's lobbying -- no matter how much Oscar Bait they scream, they [[Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond will]] [[Literature/{{Paprika}} remain]] [[Anime/SwordOfTheStranger in the cold]]. (Even ''with'' Disney's distribution, [[Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea there's still no guarantee]]...) Motion-capture films have similar problems.
** An infamous Oscar Bait exception in the early days of this category is ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' (RT score 94%): opens with [[{{Film/Titanic 1997}} an old woman recalling her past through flashbacks]], ''Film/ForrestGump''-type period piece, TearJerker, tragic ending... Sounds perfect for an Oscar Bait. Didn't received even a nomination at the 2003 Award. In case you're wondering, ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (RT score 38%) received a nomination that year.
** This category itself can be an exception if you take a look at the winners: 10 out of 10 of them are box office blockbusters, at least in their home countries (''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' was a lesser sucess, but still).
* ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' (1934) was an early example. At a time when Oscar-bait meant elaborate showcases filled with music and dancing, ''It Happened One Night'' was a small low-budget romantic comedy road movie that developed a cult following and ended up sweeping the big five awards: Best Picture, Best Director (FrankCapra), Best Actor (ClarkGable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), and Best Screenplay, a fleet not accomplished again until ''Silence of the Lambs'' in 1991 (see below). Nobody involved with the film expected it to even get much attention, let alone sweep the Oscars. It was released by ColumbiaPictures, at the time a very poor low-budget studio, and ''It Happened One Night'' was the first film that gave them much attention. Before, their films had little-to-no chance of being considered for such an award.
* ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' swept the major Oscars (Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, and Picture), and is certainly dark and dealing with mental illness and man's inhumanity to man. It's also a rollicking good ''horror movie'', a genre that, if it ever gets awards, gets them for technical and production categories like makeup and special effects.
** It is notable, however, that the producers of the film frequently [[SciFiGhetto did all they could to distance the movie from the horror genre]], frequently preferring to use terms such as 'PsychologicalThriller' to describe it instead.
** ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' was also released in [[DumpMonths January]] of 1991...a full 14 MONTHS before it won all those awards at the 1992 Oscars ceremony.
** The last horror film to win one of the top awards (and ''only'' one prior to ''Silence'') was ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931'', for which Creator/FredricMarch won Best Actor...in 1932!
** Consider that the one other film among the 1991 Best Picture nominees that compared in terms of critical praise ''and'' box-office popularity was ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', which had the AnimationAgeGhetto working against it -- to the point that jokes were made during the telecast about how a film consisting of "movable paintings" (as Billy Crystal put it in his opening number as host) was up against movies with live actors.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' were about trying to get dream projects on screen, not about winning Oscars. Yet one got a sweep, and the other got almost all of its awards, though the former did not do so until the entire trilogy was finished (it's suggested the awards for ''Return of the King'' apply to the whole trilogy as the Academy didn't want a three-year shutout). Both films were widely praised and made a ridiculous amount of money and remain excessively popular to this day, even factoring in the usual HypeBacklash.
* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' (the original 1977 film) got Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Sir Alec Guinness) and Best Screenplay. It didn't win any of them, of course, but ''still''. ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' also managed to get nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.
** Same for ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
** Likewise, 2010's ceremony saw best picture nominations for sci-fi films ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{District 9}}''. Both were nominated, without winning, in other major categories: the former was nominated for directing, the latter for adapted screenplay. On the other hand, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise got its first Oscar, for makeup. It only took eleven films and 30 years[[note]]Of course, it doesn't help that [[StarTrekMovieCurse almost half of those movies were generally agreed to be awful]], not just by Academy standards, but by the standards of people predisposed to like science fiction in general and ''Star Trek'' in particular[[/note]].
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver was nominated for Best Actress for the science fiction action thriller ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'': Despite being a comedy (which rarely win and when they do it's usually just for screenplay or maybe acting), it won Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. That said, it was a notably [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] comedy and close to a drama at times, which possibly helped sooth the Academy's conscience about awarding it.
** It didn't hurt that three of the other nominees that year were ''Film/TheGoodbyeGirl'' (another comedy), ''Star Wars'' (one can almost hear the Academy saying "Ew, ''scifi''"), and ''Film/TheTurningPoint'' (yeah... I don't remember it either). However, the fifth nominee was ''Film/{{Julia}}'', which seems like much more obvious Oscar Bait, being both a biopic (based on a book by, and about the life of, a former Oscar nominee, no less) ''and'' a movie about sticking it to the Nazis (it did earn Creator/JasonRobards and Creator/VanessaRedgrave the Best Supporting awards that year).
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Period piece? Check. Prison piece? Check. MagicalNegro? Check. Morgan Freeman ''is'' the Magical Negro? Check. RedemptionInTheRain so iconic that it's the TropeNamer? Check. "Brooks was here"? Check. Zero Oscars? Yup. Actually widely considered one of the all-time greatest films ever made? Damn straight it is. Tropes are not bad when they are done this well. Then again, remember what it was [[Film/ForrestGump up]] [[Film/PulpFiction against]].
* 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 ''Film/TheMist''...
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the first comic-book movie to win an acting nomination (for Creator/HeathLedger), with three acting nominations for films based on graphic novels (or in one case, a comic strip) preceding this win [[note]]For those keeping score at home, these were Al Pacino for ''Dick Tracy'', Paul Newman for ''Road to Perdition'' and William Hurt in ''A History of Violence''[[/note]]. Not to mention being one of the very few comic-book movies to be nominated in ''any'' of the non-technical categories ([[DeadArtistsAreBetter Though it's debated how likely its win would have been if Ledger were still alive.]])
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' along with its immediate successor to the Best Picture throne ''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 ''Film/TheAviator'' and ''Film/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 ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', which featured Creator/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.
** Eddie Murphy also won a Best Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics for his multiple performances.
* ''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]]...
* The winner of the 1970 Oscar, ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' is a gritty and suspenseful genre film, with a nihilistic tone and almost no sentementality or big emotional payoff. Unlike most Oscar winners it has a morally ambigious main character and an ending where [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins and most of the rest of the villains receive a KarmaHoudini]]. As with its predecessor ''Film/MidnightCowboy'', this may have been because the academy was embarrassed about all the musicals which had won during the 1960s and decided to go as far to the other extreme as possible.
* Not only does ''Film/TropicThunder'' mercilessly spoof and lampshade this trope, the film itself was responsible for an aversion of sorts when Robert Downey, Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, as the film is an out and out comedy.
** In the wake of the nominations for that year, more than a few people thought that the Best Supporting Actor nominations were intentionally underdogs, so as to give [[Film/TheDarkKnight Heath Ledger]] a better chance at winning.
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' is a starkly minimalistic, ruthlessly violent film that pegs the extreme end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism (the cynical end, obviously) with such cheery themes as the nature of absolute evil, the inevitability and unpredictability of death, the violent nature of humankind, and the meaninglessness of the material world. It won several awards including a richly deserved Best Supporting Actor to Javier Bardem for playing Anton Chigurh, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Creator/TheCoenBrothers, and Best Picture, all on the basis of being really good.
** It should be noted that ''No Country'' was considered by many an upset pick over ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' - a movie that somehow manages to be even ''more'' bleak and misanthropic.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' is a graphically violent thriller (with arthouse/experimental tendencies) about a getaway driver that was originally intended to be a B-movie released in the summer. The final film was near-unanimously acclaimed and has been racking up many critics' awards... only to get a single Oscar nomination, for Best Sound Editing.
* ''Film/TheArtist'' and ''Film/{{Hugo}}'', a pair of PlayingAgainstType projects about the early days of cinema designed solely to entertain their audiences and teach film history (both films also uses interesting technologies, ''The Artist'' is silent while ''Hugo'' was shot in 3-D). They have gone on to become the two favorites to win Best Picture of 2011 at the Academy Awards.
** ''Film/TheArtist'' eventually came out on top for Best Picture (being an unashamed love letter to the glories of Old Hollywood probably helped), and ''{{Hugo}}'' swept the rest of the nominations, and winning 5. Plenty of people are happy about this.
* The 1992 Creator/SpikeLee film ''Film/MalcolmX'' seems like an Oscar bait film if ever there was one: an epic biopic about an icon of the civil rights movement, even managing to work in an inspirational [[TheCameo cameo]] by none other than ''Nelson Mandela''... which ultimately got nominated for two Oscars (Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Costume Design), winning neither. Turns out, since Lee was more concerned with fulfilling his vision of doing justice to the life of Malcolm X than raking in awards, he wasn't actually too bothered by this.
* ''Film/JulieAndJulia'', despite being a period film starring Creator/MerylStreep as a historical figure (Julia Child), is just about she and AmyAdams' character learning to cook.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', Creator/QuentinTarantino films that tackle World War II and American Slavery. They ended up getting 7 and 5 nominations respectively. Of course since this is ''[[CrazyAwesome Tarantino]]'', they're works of fiction and don't go for the arthouse drama.
* 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 (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.
* ''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 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. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments It ended up taking home the most trophies that year, with]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' is a horror movie, and the director said it was such (though the marketing went for the [[InsistentTerminology psychological thriller label]]). It also features a lesbian sex scene, which Natalie Portman outright said was there because SexSells. It still got five nominations and was regarded as one of the best films of the year.
* The 1976 ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is a horror movie and is thought of as nothing but. However, it got two acting Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie back in the day.
* ''Film/LaLaLand''. It's a lush, AllStarCast-laden musical romcom/drama and GenreThrowback to classic MGM musicals that's virtually devoid of any cliches the Academy tends to gawk over, instead going for a story about two lovebirds in Hollywood. However, it was met with raves at the Venice Film Festival, with many declaring it the high favorite for the Best Picture prize. Only time will tell if it lives up to this promise.

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[[folder:Tony Bait]]
* The Animated Feature category established in 2001 may ghettoize the form, but the voters are now more open ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' tried to nominating independent efforts such as ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'' prove once and often eschew QualityByPopularVote (''Anime/SpiritedAway'''s 2002 win, [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle the]] [[WallaceAndGromit 2005]] [[WesternAnimation/CorpseBride nominees]]). On the other hand, anime films have been snubbed from nominations unless they are Creator/StudioGhibli efforts for all that benefit from U.S. distributor Disney's lobbying -- no matter how much Oscar Bait they scream, they [[Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond will]] [[Literature/{{Paprika}} remain]] [[Anime/SwordOfTheStranger in TrueArtIsAngsty. The characters angst over ''everything'', including (but not limited to): boatloads of UnresolvedSexualTension, the cold]]. (Even ''with'' Disney's distribution, [[Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea there's still no guarantee]]...) Motion-capture films have similar problems.
** An infamous Oscar Bait exception in
hypocrisy of TheAmericanDream, the early days of this category is ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' (RT score 94%): opens with [[{{Film/Titanic 1997}} an old woman recalling her past through flashbacks]], ''Film/ForrestGump''-type period piece, TearJerker, tragic ending... Sounds perfect for an Oscar Bait. Didn't received even a nomination at the 2003 Award. In case you're wondering, ''Disney/BrotherBear'' (RT score 38%) received a nomination that year.
** This category itself can be an exception if you take a look at the winners: 10 out of 10 of them are box office blockbusters, at least in their home countries (''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' was a lesser sucess, but still).
* ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' (1934) was an early example. At a time when Oscar-bait meant elaborate showcases filled with music and dancing, ''It Happened One Night'' was a small low-budget romantic comedy road movie that developed a cult following and ended up sweeping the big five awards: Best Picture, Best Director (FrankCapra), Best Actor (ClarkGable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), and Best Screenplay, a fleet not accomplished again until ''Silence of the Lambs'' in 1991 (see below). Nobody involved with the film expected it to even get much attention, let alone sweep the Oscars. It was released by ColumbiaPictures, at the time a very poor low-budget studio, and ''It Happened One Night'' was the first film that gave them much attention. Before, their films had little-to-no chance of being considered for such an award.
* ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' swept the major Oscars (Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, and Picture), and is certainly dark and dealing with mental illness and man's inhumanity to man. It's also a rollicking good ''horror movie'', a genre that, if it ever gets awards, gets them for technical and production categories like makeup and special effects.
** It is notable, however, that the producers of the film frequently [[SciFiGhetto did all they could to distance the movie from the horror genre]], frequently preferring to use terms such as 'PsychologicalThriller' to describe it instead.
** ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' was also released in [[DumpMonths January]] of 1991...a full 14 MONTHS before it won all those awards at the 1992 Oscars ceremony.
** The last horror film to win one of the top awards (and ''only'' one prior to ''Silence'') was ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931'', for which Creator/FredricMarch won Best Actor...in 1932!
** Consider that the one other film among the 1991 Best Picture nominees that compared in terms of critical praise ''and'' box-office popularity was ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', which had the AnimationAgeGhetto working against it -- to the point that jokes were made during the telecast about how a film consisting of "movable paintings" (as Billy Crystal put it in his opening number as host) was up against movies with live actors.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' were about trying to get dream projects on screen, not about winning Oscars. Yet one got a sweep,
protagonist’s [[ImmigrantParents immigrant grandmother]] and the other got almost all of its awards, though life she led in [[CrapsackWorld the former did not do so until the entire trilogy was finished (it's suggested the awards for ''Return of the King'' apply to the whole trilogy as the Academy didn't want a three-year shutout). Both films were widely praised barrio]], and made a ridiculous amount [[spoiler:the grandmother’s death]]. Sprinkle in some modern, catchy infusions of money hip-hop and remain excessively popular to this day, even factoring in the usual HypeBacklash.
* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' (the original 1977 film) got Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Sir Alec Guinness)
salsa music, and Best Screenplay. you have a Tony-winning musical. It didn't win any of them, of course, but ''still''. ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' also managed to get nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.
** Same for ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
** Likewise, 2010's ceremony saw best picture nominations for sci-fi films ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/{{District 9}}''. Both were nominated, without winning, in other major categories: the former
was nominated for directing, the latter for adapted screenplay. On the other hand, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise got its first Oscar, for makeup. It only took eleven films and 30 years[[note]]Of course, it doesn't help that [[StarTrekMovieCurse almost half of those movies were generally agreed to be awful]], not just by Academy standards, but by the standards of people predisposed to like science fiction in general and ''Star Trek'' in particular[[/note]].
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver was nominated for Best Actress for the science fiction action thriller ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'': Despite being a comedy (which rarely win and when they do it's usually just for screenplay or maybe acting), it won Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. That said, it was a notably [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] comedy and close to a drama at times, which possibly helped sooth the Academy's conscience about awarding it.
** It didn't hurt that three of the other nominees that year were ''Film/TheGoodbyeGirl'' (another comedy), ''Star Wars'' (one can almost hear the Academy saying "Ew, ''scifi''"), and ''Film/TheTurningPoint'' (yeah... I don't remember it either). However, the fifth nominee was ''Film/{{Julia}}'', which seems like much more obvious Oscar Bait, being both a biopic (based on a book by, and about the life of, a former Oscar nominee, no less) ''and'' a movie about sticking it to the Nazis (it did earn Creator/JasonRobards and Creator/VanessaRedgrave the Best Supporting awards that year).
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Period piece? Check. Prison piece? Check. MagicalNegro? Check. Morgan Freeman ''is'' the Magical Negro? Check. RedemptionInTheRain so iconic that it's the TropeNamer? Check. "Brooks was here"? Check. Zero Oscars? Yup. Actually widely considered one of the all-time greatest films ever made? Damn straight it is. Tropes are not bad when they are done this well. Then again, remember what it was [[Film/ForrestGump up]] [[Film/PulpFiction against]].
* 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 ''Film/TheMist''...
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the first comic-book movie to win an acting nomination (for Creator/HeathLedger), with three acting nominations for films based on graphic novels (or in one case, a comic strip) preceding this win [[note]]For those keeping score at home, these were Al Pacino for ''Dick Tracy'', Paul Newman for ''Road to Perdition'' and William Hurt in ''A History of Violence''[[/note]]. Not to mention being one of the very few comic-book movies to be nominated in ''any'' of the non-technical categories ([[DeadArtistsAreBetter Though it's debated how likely its win would have been if Ledger were still alive.]])
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' along with its immediate successor to the Best Picture throne ''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 ''Film/TheAviator'' and ''Film/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 ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', which featured Creator/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.
** Eddie Murphy also won a Best Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics for his multiple performances.
* ''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]]...
* The winner of the 1970 Oscar, ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' is a gritty and suspenseful genre film, with a nihilistic tone and almost no sentementality or big emotional payoff. Unlike most Oscar winners it has a morally ambigious main character and an ending where [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins and most of the rest of the villains receive a KarmaHoudini]]. As with its predecessor ''Film/MidnightCowboy'', this may have been because the academy was embarrassed about all the musicals which had won during the 1960s and decided to go as far to the other extreme as possible.
* Not only does ''Film/TropicThunder'' mercilessly spoof and lampshade this trope, the film itself was responsible for an aversion of sorts when Robert Downey, Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, as the film is an out and out comedy.
** In the wake of the nominations for that year, more than a few people thought that the Best Supporting Actor nominations were intentionally underdogs, so as to give [[Film/TheDarkKnight Heath Ledger]] a better chance at winning.
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' is a starkly minimalistic, ruthlessly violent film that pegs the extreme end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism (the cynical end, obviously) with such cheery themes as the nature of absolute evil, the inevitability and unpredictability of death, the violent nature of humankind, and the meaninglessness of the material world. It won several awards including a richly deserved Best Supporting Actor to Javier Bardem for playing Anton Chigurh, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Creator/TheCoenBrothers, and Best Picture, all on the basis of being really good.
** It should be noted that ''No Country'' was considered by many an upset pick over ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' - a movie that somehow manages to be even ''more'' bleak and misanthropic.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' is a graphically violent thriller (with arthouse/experimental tendencies) about a getaway driver that was originally intended to be a B-movie released in the summer. The final film was near-unanimously acclaimed and has been racking up many critics' awards... only to get a single Oscar nomination, for Best Sound Editing.
* ''Film/TheArtist'' and ''Film/{{Hugo}}'', a pair of PlayingAgainstType projects about the early days of cinema designed solely to entertain their audiences and teach film history (both films also uses interesting technologies, ''The Artist'' is silent while ''Hugo'' was shot in 3-D). They have gone on to become the two favorites to win Best Picture of 2011 at the Academy Awards.
** ''Film/TheArtist'' eventually came out on top for Best Picture (being an unashamed love letter to the glories of Old Hollywood probably helped), and ''{{Hugo}}'' swept the rest of the nominations, and winning 5. Plenty of people are happy about this.
* The 1992 Creator/SpikeLee film ''Film/MalcolmX'' seems like an Oscar bait film if ever there was one: an epic biopic about an icon of the civil rights movement, even managing to work in an inspirational [[TheCameo cameo]] by none other than ''Nelson Mandela''... which ultimately got nominated for two Oscars (Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Costume Design), winning neither. Turns out, since Lee was more concerned with fulfilling his vision of doing justice to the life of Malcolm X than raking in awards, he wasn't actually too bothered by this.
* ''Film/JulieAndJulia'', despite being a period film starring Creator/MerylStreep as a historical figure (Julia Child), is just about she and AmyAdams' character learning to cook.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', Creator/QuentinTarantino films that tackle World War II and American Slavery. They ended up getting 7 and 5 nominations respectively. Of course since this is ''[[CrazyAwesome Tarantino]]'', they're works of fiction and don't go for the arthouse drama.
* 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
thirteen 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 (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.
* ''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 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 four (but none for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments It ended up taking home the most trophies that year, with]] ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments six.]]''
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' is a horror movie, and the director said it was such (though the marketing went for the [[InsistentTerminology psychological thriller label]]). It also features a lesbian sex scene, which Natalie Portman outright said was there because SexSells. It still got five nominations and was regarded as one of the best films of the year.
* The 1976 ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is a horror movie and is thought of as nothing but. However, it got two acting Oscar nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie back in the day.
* ''Film/LaLaLand''. It's a lush, AllStarCast-laden musical romcom/drama and GenreThrowback to classic MGM musicals that's virtually devoid of any cliches the Academy tends to gawk over, instead going for a story about two lovebirds in Hollywood. However, it was met with raves at the Venice Film Festival, with many declaring it the high favorite for the Best Picture prize. Only time will tell if it lives up to this promise.
writing).



!!Spoofs of this trope:

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMask'', where after dodging a series of gunshots in several comedic forms, the Mask finally turns into a cowboy, allowing himself to be shot, and proceeds to die in another character's arms with a heartfelt FinalSpeech - at which point the audience cheers, prompting him to get up and tearfully accept an award. The hilarious part is that the mobsters that were shooting at him also react to the audience, checking their hair and straightening their suits like they were on television.
** This particular joke has been around since the days of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Given the Mask's personality, that's most likely where he got the idea.
** He doesn't just give a FinalSpeech. He gives ''several'' {{Final Speech}}es, all of which are {{Shout Out}}s to award-winning movies ("[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Tell Scarlet I DO give a damn.]]")
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' has Wayne give a tear-filled speech with the words "Oscar Clip" emblazoned over the shot.
* At the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting crazy and as if they've been stranded for weeks and are dying. The camera then pans up to reveal the New York City skyline, and Music/BingCrosby's character tells him to calm down, they'll be rescued in a few minutes, Hope bitterly remarks that they've ruined his chance for an Academy Award.
** In ''Road to Bali'', when Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart received for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', Bob Hope snatches it away from him, tells him he already has one. Hope then begins making his acceptance speech. (He never was nominated for a competitive one, but he would receive 4 Honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - plus, he frequently appeared at the show, and hosted a record fourteen times.)
* In ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'', after parodying one of the dramatic scenes from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', the main character tells his girlfriend that he's trying to win the Best Black Actor at the Soul Train awards.
* ''Satan's Alley'', one of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a head-on parody of this.
* The trope is referenced and mocked in ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' by black action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy):
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': White boys get all the Oscars -- it's a fact!
-->'''Manager''': I know that, but look...
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? 'Cos I haven't played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I'll split it: get me a five-minute script as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!
-->'''Manager''': ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Yeah, and go find that script. "Buck the Wonder-Slave"!
* Villain Hedley Lamarr announces near the climax of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' that he is "risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor." Amusingly enough, while part of the joke was (presumably) that a whacked-out cowboy farce laced with racial humour and fart jokes was ill-positioned for acting nominations, the film ''was'' in fact nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Creator/MadelineKahn).
* Since an Oscar speech kicks off the plot of the comedy ''Film/InAndOut'', the first 15 minutes of the movie has a field day with this trope. First, Matt Dillon's character wins for playing a gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military in a movie called ''To Protect And Serve'', which is a hilariously hammy pastiche incorporating elements of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Second, the other nominees in the category are listed as follows: "Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'' and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''."
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''. The films nominated at the Oscars were all ridiculously HighConcept, like "the story of one woman's triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster" and "one woman's triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971."
* SpringtimeForHitler is made as this for ''Film/TheProducers'', despite its controversial content and wacky delivery.
* This trend was spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg 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 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:''' Everybody knows you never go full retard.
--->'''Tugg Speedman:''' What do you mean?
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check it out. Creator/DustinHoffman, ''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...

to:

!!Spoofs [[folder:BAFTA Bait]]
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}, a {{biopic}}
of this trope:

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMask'', where after dodging a series of gunshots in several comedic forms, the Mask finally turns into a cowboy, allowing himself to be shot, and proceeds to die in another character's arms
famously disabled genius astrophysicist Creator/StevenHawking, was saturated with a heartfelt FinalSpeech - at which point the audience cheers, prompting him to get up BAFTA Bait topics – and tearfully accept an award. The hilarious part is that the mobsters that were shooting at him also react to the audience, checking their hair and straightening their suits like they were on television.
** This particular joke has been around since the days of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Given the Mask's personality, that's most likely where he got the idea.
** He doesn't
not just give a FinalSpeech. He gives ''several'' {{Final Speech}}es, all of which are {{Shout Out}}s to award-winning movies ("[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Tell Scarlet I DO give a damn.]]")
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' has Wayne give a tear-filled speech
about Hawking struggling with the words "Oscar Clip" emblazoned over the shot.
* At the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road
his ALS or his efforts in science. It even managed to Morocco]]'', Creator/BobHope's include a few Holocaust references; a supporting character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting crazy and as if they've been stranded for weeks and are dying. The camera then pans up had to reveal the New York City skyline, and Music/BingCrosby's character tells him to calm down, they'll be rescued in a few minutes, Hope bitterly remarks that they've ruined flee Nazi Germany with his chance for an Academy Award.
** In ''Road to Bali'', when Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart received for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', Bob Hope snatches it away from him, tells him he already has one. Hope then begins making his acceptance speech. (He never was nominated for a competitive one, but he would receive 4 Honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - plus, he frequently appeared at the show, and hosted a record fourteen times.)
* In ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'', after parodying one of the dramatic scenes from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', the main character tells his girlfriend that he's trying to win the Best Black Actor at the Soul Train awards.
* ''Satan's Alley'', one of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a head-on parody of this.
* The trope is referenced and mocked in ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' by black action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy):
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': White boys get all the Oscars -- it's a fact!
-->'''Manager''': I know that, but look...
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? 'Cos I haven't played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I'll split it: get me a five-minute script
family as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!
-->'''Manager''': ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Yeah, and go find that script. "Buck the Wonder-Slave"!
* Villain Hedley Lamarr announces near the climax of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' that he is "risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor." Amusingly enough, while part of the joke was (presumably) that a whacked-out cowboy farce laced with racial humour and fart jokes was ill-positioned for acting nominations, the film ''was'' in fact nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Creator/MadelineKahn).
* Since an Oscar speech kicks off the plot of the comedy ''Film/InAndOut'', the first 15 minutes of the movie has a field day with this trope. First, Matt Dillon's character wins for playing a gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military in a movie called ''To Protect And Serve'', which is a hilariously hammy pastiche incorporating elements of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Second, the other nominees in the category are listed as follows: "Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'' and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''."
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''. The films nominated at the Oscars were all ridiculously HighConcept, like "the story of one woman's triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster" and "one woman's triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971."
* SpringtimeForHitler is made as this for ''Film/TheProducers'', despite its controversial content and wacky delivery.
* This trend was spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg 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 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:''' Everybody knows you never go full retard.
--->'''Tugg Speedman:''' What do you mean?
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check it out. Creator/DustinHoffman, ''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...
child.



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' parodied ''Emmy'' Bait with its fifth season finale "A [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special]] Drew," which includes helping a homeless woman give birth, Kate dying of ''[[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease]]'' on her wedding day, Drew battling his [[CompressedVice heretofore unheard-of]] lifelong illiteracy, Mimi battling her (also heretofore unheard-of) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a LittlestCancerPatient. Who wins the Emmy.
-->'''Lewis:''' You don't want to shoot anyone... except that would make a good dying scene.\\
'''Drew:''' Shoot me!\\
'''Lewis:''' No, shoot me!
** Let's not forget Lewis snapping at people and then taking an aside monologue to question why he does so, Oswald starting to steal so he can feel close to his imprisoned father and Mr. Wick developping an eating disorder.
*** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodied this in one sketch where Ryan Stiles had to report the weather as if it was a scene from an Oscar-winning flick.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", which is seemingly about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but is really a reference to the fact the show has failed to win an Emmy Award and parodies the kind of shows that do. The bar that won the previous year features a group of young, good looking bartenders who make inoffensive jokes with a laugh track, including a TokenMinority the manager and female bartender having [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. They gang's attempts to model Paddy's Pub after this so they'll win fails miserably.
* Series/FrenchAndSaunders' take on ''Cold Mountain'', where the Oscar Bait scenes immediately segue into "Zellweger" actually receiving it.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical 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]], and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
** 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}}.
* Series/TheFastShow spoof 'Cute Disabled Man' won an award for "Best Portrayal of a Disabled Person by a Fit and Healthy Young Actor Who Wants to Win an Oscar'. "I love you, black man."
* A ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch shows the best actor nomination at an Oscar show, where we see three clips of three actors playing handicapped (from deaf to having a spike in the head) giving the exact same speech, standing up to their detractors (you know, guys who hate the deaf, and such) with the same appropriately stirring music - and a fourth clip of a guy playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. The winner? "Omigod - everyone but the Hamlet guy!"
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had at least one episode that ended with a heartwarming scene and the subtitle: "For your Emmy considerations."
* Parodied in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' with ''Hard to Watch'', an obvious takeoff on {{Precious}}.
* In ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Creator/KateWinslet plays in a movie about the Holocaust because of this. What makes this HilariousInHindsight is that she would win Best Actress in 2008 for ''Film/TheReader''... a Holocaust movie.
* Spoofed in a late-2007 episode of ''Series/TheSoup'' with a trailer for a fictional film called ''The Oscar Movie''. The voiceover discusses almost every Oscar-film cliché, using clips from that year's movies as examples. Such clichés include: "women distraught, crying, and/or screaming," comedians in serious roles, Meryl Streep (mentioned at least three times), and "JohnnyDepp doing something weird" (with clips from ''Sweeney Todd'').
* ''Series/MrShow'' did a sketch about "The Dewey Awards," awards given to actors who play mentally challenged characters. It also features a film called "The Bob Lamonta Story," about one man's struggles with... his own mentally challenged parents. Following the film, the actual Bob Lamonta at the awards lists everything that wasn't factual, revealing the whole film was made up.
* In the UK ''{{The Kevin Bishop Show}}'' did a spoof trailer for a new TV drama series. It consisted of characters all repeating the phrase "gritty BAFTA". The characters all delivered this with a pained, serious expression, or whispered the phrase. This would be a UK equivalent of Emmy Bait.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', one of the suspects is an actor who says he's playing Creator/MattDamon's "[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]]" father and that "It's got nominations written all over it."
* In season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Rebel Alley (played by Creator/IslaFisher) discusses the possibility of playing Michael's deceased wife in a movie. After learning that said wife died of a terminal illness, Rebel says that all she needs now is to have her be mentally-challenged as well, and she'll be guaranteed an Oscar for her performance.
* The June 11, 1974 telecast of ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' had guest Harvey Korman ask Gene Rayburn (who was guest host that week) to repeat that he was an Emmy winner as the previous intro to him was drowned out by audience applause. Bert Convy and Roger Perry proceed to get up and leave the studio in envy, but Harvey cajoles them back telling them "I've got four of them. I'll give you one!"

to:

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
[[folder:Other]]
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' parodied ''Emmy'' Bait with its fifth season finale "A [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special]] Drew," which includes helping a homeless woman give birth, Kate dying of ''[[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease]]'' on her wedding day, Drew battling his [[CompressedVice heretofore unheard-of]] lifelong illiteracy, Mimi battling her (also heretofore unheard-of) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a LittlestCancerPatient. Who wins the Emmy.
-->'''Lewis:''' You don't want to shoot anyone... except that would make a good dying scene.\\
'''Drew:''' Shoot me!\\
'''Lewis:''' No, shoot me!
** Let's
''Film/YoungAtHeart'' was not forget Lewis snapping at people and then taking eligible for either an aside monologue to question why he does so, Oswald starting to steal so he can feel close to his imprisoned father and Mr. Wick developping an eating disorder.
*** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodied this in one sketch where Ryan Stiles had to report the weather as if it was a scene from an Oscar-winning flick.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", which is seemingly about the gang trying to win a Best Bar award, but is really a reference to the fact the show has failed to win
Oscar or an Emmy Award (for various reasons), so it set its sights on international film festivals, particularly the Rose d’Or. It’s a documentary about a pensioners’ choir going on tour, and parodies the kind it hit so many of shows that do. The bar that won the previous year features a group of young, good looking bartenders who make inoffensive jokes with a laugh track, including a TokenMinority the manager and female bartender having [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. They gang's attempts to model Paddy's Pub after this so they'll win fails miserably.
* Series/FrenchAndSaunders' take on ''Cold Mountain'', where
the Oscar Bait scenes immediately segue into "Zellweger" actually receiving it.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]], while [[TrueArtIsAngsty overflowing with]] {{wangst}} and {{tear jerker}} .]]
** [[spoiler: Another way of putting it is
buttons that it's an {{X meets Y}} of it’s 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]], and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} surprise that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
** 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
it didn’t fall victim to maximize his chances of winning an Oscar]], [[TakeThat because apparently]] the Academy believes that {{dead artists are better}}.
* Series/TheFastShow spoof 'Cute Disabled Man'
HypeBacklash. It won an award for "Best Portrayal of a Disabled Person by a Fit and Healthy Young Actor Who Wants to Win an Oscar'. "I love you, black man."
* A ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch shows the best actor nomination at an Oscar show, where we see three clips of three actors playing handicapped (from deaf to having a spike in the head) giving the exact same speech, standing up to their detractors (you know, guys who hate the deaf, and such) with the same appropriately stirring music - and a fourth clip of a guy playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. The winner? "Omigod - everyone but the Hamlet guy!"
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had at least one episode that ended with a heartwarming scene and the subtitle: "For your Emmy considerations."
* Parodied in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' with ''Hard to Watch'', an obvious takeoff on {{Precious}}.
* In ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Creator/KateWinslet plays in a movie about the Holocaust because of this. What makes this HilariousInHindsight is that she would win Best Actress in 2008 for ''Film/TheReader''... a Holocaust movie.
* Spoofed in a late-2007 episode of ''Series/TheSoup'' with a trailer for a fictional film called ''The Oscar Movie''. The voiceover discusses
almost every Oscar-film cliché, using clips from that year's movies as examples. Such clichés include: "women distraught, crying, and/or screaming," comedians in serious roles, Meryl Streep (mentioned at least three times), and "JohnnyDepp doing something weird" (with clips from ''Sweeney Todd'').
* ''Series/MrShow'' did a sketch about "The Dewey Awards," awards given to actors who play mentally challenged characters. It also features a film called "The Bob Lamonta Story," about one man's struggles with... his own mentally challenged parents. Following the film, the actual Bob Lamonta at the awards lists
everything that wasn't factual, revealing the whole film was made up.
* In the UK ''{{The Kevin Bishop Show}}'' did a spoof trailer
it ran for a new TV drama series. It consisted of characters all repeating the phrase "gritty BAFTA". The characters all delivered this with a pained, serious expression, or whispered the phrase. This would be a UK equivalent of Emmy Bait.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', one of the suspects is an actor who says he's playing Creator/MattDamon's "[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]]" father and that "It's got nominations written all over it."
* In season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Rebel Alley (played by Creator/IslaFisher) discusses the possibility of playing Michael's deceased wife
(only ''Film/ManOnWire'' could beat it in a movie. After learning that said wife died of a terminal illness, Rebel says that all she needs now is to have her be mentally-challenged as well, and she'll be guaranteed an Oscar for her performance.
* The June 11, 1974 telecast of ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' had guest Harvey Korman ask Gene Rayburn (who was guest host that week) to repeat that he was an Emmy winner as the previous intro to him was drowned out by audience applause. Bert Convy and Roger Perry proceed to get up and leave the studio in envy, but Harvey cajoles them back telling them "I've got four of them. I'll give you one!"
anything).



[[folder:Web Originals]]
* There's a [[http://baitanoscar.weebly.com/index.html monthly online contest]] called "Bait an Oscar" where contestants write film pitches to be voted on as if they were Oscar contenders. Oddly enough, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the parodies listed below as almost all of the entires are sincere attempts to create good ideas for movies and the contestants tend to be ''fans'' of the Oscars rather than people who attack them.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** "A Very Special, Award-Winning Episode of Zorc & Pals".
--->'''Florence:''' What's wrong, Zorc? Why haven't you [[RunningGag destroyed the world?]]\\
'''Zorc:''' I have [[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease!]]\\
'''Florence:''' You can't die! What about [[HoYay our adopted daughter]]?\\
'''Zorc:''' [[RuleOfDrama She also has]] [[IllGirl a terminal disease!]]
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' Abridged.
-->'''Yugi:''' [[spoiler:(''holding his grandpa's bandanna'') [[SkywardScream GRANDPAAAAAAA!!!]] (''{{beat}}'') Can I have my Oscar now?]]
* Parodied [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18156_a-trailer-every-academy-award-winning-movie-ever.html in this spoof video]] done by [=BriTANicK.com=] and hosted on Website/{{Cracked}}. It was such a spot-on parody that it even got its own page on TV Tropes, ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''.
-->"Catchphwase!"
** See also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18460_5-reasons-oscars-matter-even-less-than-you-thought.html this article]] offering further proof that the Oscars exist solely to shit the bed.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony's attempts to avoid "giving in to the madness," ie his evil split personality Dr. Insano. He's a quite uncharacteristic LargeHam about having to constantly surpress his evil urges, and occasionally gets into HamToHamCombat over people wanting him to let Insano out.
* In the 3rd segment of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] ''History of Power Rangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake (they turned out to be playing, not drowning, as the lake was knee deep at that part), running down the pier on slow motion with inspirational music as they strip from their cadet uniforms into their swimsuits. At one point Linkara puts "Oscar clip" at the bottom of the screen.
* ''Nerd to the Third Power'' host Dr. Gonzo swore up and down that ''Film/{{Precious}}'' would win best picture, because "It's about an underprivileged black rape victim who gives birth to an incest baby with down syndrome. I haven't even SEEN the movie and I already want to kill myself! It HAS to win!" Those keeping score will know the ''The Hurt Locker'' won Best Picture that year.
* 11points.com had an 11 Points Countdown webisode about the [[http://www.11points.com/Countdown/11_Least_Deserving_Best_Picture_Winners_-_11_Points_Countdown 11 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners]], which claimed that ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' were Oscar bait. One of the commentators even says that ''The King's Speech'' was blatantly pandering to the older Academy voters, saying that it wouldn't have looked out of place winning Best Picture in 1965.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad Jones says he thinks calling a film this is very overused. But he says he thinks it fits at least the trailer for the film of ''Literature/TheBookThief''.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made a video on this topic titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNwudFGUOU 21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie]], including: high-contrast low-saturation lighting, suspenseful piano music, period clothing, disability, drug addiction, low camera angle, suicide, and a lot of other cliché things.
* [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow Game Theorist]] Matthew Patrick on his second channel ''Film Theory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdwySyRSgqc spends 15 minutes discussing]] the formula yielding the highests statistical chance of winning an oscar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5s Super Deluxe]] released an "Oscar contender" trailer for ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'', with the joke being that the film was made more appealing to the Academy voters by presenting it as an uplifting [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] movie about the group's Jewish manager.

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* There's
[[folder:Notable Exceptions]]
The OscarBait trope is so pervasive that it defines the formula that wins Oscars. When
a [[http://baitanoscar.weebly.com/index.html monthly online contest]] called "Bait an Oscar" where contestants write different kind of film pitches to be voted on as if they were wins big, and no one else can replicate that success, it’s worth noting.
* The 1934 film ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' was a small, low-budget romantic comedy RoadMovie, in an era when
Oscar contenders. Oddly enough, this is Bait meant elaborate musical and dancing showcases. It gained a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] cult following and swept the “Big Five” awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Creator/FrankCapra), Best Actor (Creator/ClarkGable), Best Actress (Creator/ClaudetteColbert), and Best Screenplay. No film would do that until ''The Silence of the parodies listed below as almost all of the entires are sincere attempts to create good ideas for movies and the contestants tend to be ''fans'' of the Oscars rather than people who attack them.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** "A Very Special, Award-Winning Episode of Zorc & Pals".
--->'''Florence:''' What's wrong, Zorc? Why haven't you [[RunningGag destroyed the world?]]\\
'''Zorc:''' I have [[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease!]]\\
'''Florence:''' You can't die! What about [[HoYay our adopted daughter]]?\\
'''Zorc:''' [[RuleOfDrama She also has]] [[IllGirl a terminal disease!]]
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' Abridged.
Lambs'' in 1992.
-->'''Yugi:''' [[spoiler:(''holding his grandpa's bandanna'') [[SkywardScream GRANDPAAAAAAA!!!]] (''{{beat}}'') Can I have my * ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' is dark, deals with mental illness, and addresses [[HumansAreBastards man’s inhumanity to man]]. It’s also a ''horror'' film, a genre that usually gets no love at the Oscars. (The producers were aware of that and billed it as a “PsychologicalThriller”.) Not only was it the first horror film to win any of the “Big Five” since ''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931'' in 1932, it was the first film of any kind to ''sweep'' all five categories since ''It Happened One Night'' in 1935.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', against all odds, found its way out of the AnimationAgeGhetto and wound up being nominated for Best Picture in 1991. It didn’t win, but this in itself was an ''incredible'' feat (which Creator/{{Disney}} would futilely try to replicate).
* ''Film/ANewHope'' (then known only as ''Franchise/StarWars'') broke out of the SciFiGhetto and got
Oscar now?]]
* Parodied [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18156_a-trailer-every-academy-award-winning-movie-ever.html in this spoof video]] done by [=BriTANicK.com=]
nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Creator/AlecGuinness), and hosted on Website/{{Cracked}}. Best Screenplay. It was didn’t win any of them, but it showed that a hugely popular sci-fi film might catch the Academy’s attention. It opened the door for such films as ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and ''Film/District9'' to get nominations as well, and even non-sci-fi films in the same vein (like ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''). That said, the fact that they didn’t ''win'' anything big suggests that there’s still a spot-on parody ghetto that has to be navigated with the Academy.
* ''Film/Titanic1997'' was unusual in
that it even got its own page on TV Tropes, ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''.
-->"Catchphwase!"
** See also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18460_5-reasons-oscars-matter-even-less-than-you-thought.html this article]] offering further proof
wasn’t meant to be Oscar Bait -- just a dream project that the Oscars exist solely was supposed to shit the bed.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony's attempts to avoid "giving in
be committed to the madness," ie his evil split personality Dr. Insano. He's screen. People latched onto it, and it won almost everything.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is
a quite uncharacteristic LargeHam strange case; although it is fantasy, it was also adapted from one of literature’s most important and ground-breaking fantasy works, and it was also a huge spectacle that changed the game in epic filmmaking. But what was truly unexpected was for ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' to ''sweep'' its Awards -- perhaps its wins were meant to be for the trilogy as a whole, but that is still a phenomenal accomplishment for a fantasy film series.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'' won Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. It was unusual in that it was a comedy (although one with a BittersweetEnding. It beat out ''Film/{{Julia}}'' (a {{biopic}}
about having to constantly surpress his evil urges, and occasionally gets into HamToHamCombat over people wanting him to let Insano out.
* In the 3rd segment of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] ''History of Power Rangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake (they turned out to be playing, not drowning, as the lake was knee deep at that part), running down the pier on slow motion with inspirational music as they strip from their cadet uniforms into their swimsuits. At one point Linkara puts "Oscar clip" at the bottom of the screen.
* ''Nerd
sticking it to the Third Power'' host Dr. Gonzo swore up Nazis) and down that ''Film/{{Precious}}'' would win best picture, because "It's about an underprivileged black rape victim who gives birth ''Film/StarWars'' to an incest baby with down syndrome. I haven't even SEEN Best Picture as well.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was
the first comic book movie to win an acting nomination (for Creator/HeathLedger) and I already want only the fourth film based on a comic book or graphic novel to kill myself! It HAS to win!" Those win an acting nomination.[[note]]The others, for those keeping score will know at home, were Creator/AlPacino for ''Film/DickTracy'', Creator/PaulNewman for ''Film/RoadToPerdition'', and Creator/WilliamHurt for ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence''.[[/note]] With the pervasiveness of serious Oscar Bait fare, the idea that friggin’ ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' can win an Oscar was unreal. Then again, Ledger [[DeadArtistsAreBetter may have had the advantage of sadly being dead.]]
* ''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.
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' followed up on
''The Hurt Locker'' Departed'' and won Best Picture that year.
* 11points.com had an 11 Points Countdown webisode about
the [[http://www.11points.com/Countdown/11_Least_Deserving_Best_Picture_Winners_-_11_Points_Countdown 11 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners]], very next year with the same formula. This, though, was a relentlessly cynical film which claimed that ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' were won very big -- rather than most Oscar bait. One Bait, it presents humanity’s failure as inevitable and comments on the meaninglessness of the commentators material world. It was also kind of an upset winner over ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' -- an even says that ''The King's Speech'' was blatantly pandering to ''bleaker'' film.
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', other than being a PostNineElevenTerrorismFilm, had very little going for it on
the older Academy voters, saying that Oscar front; it wouldn't have looked out of place had a low budget, no big stars, no big studio to promote it, and not even a political message. It wound up winning Best Picture in 1965.
2010, in spite of having the lowest box office numbers of any Best Picture winner ever. One thing that ''did'' work in its favor was the narrative of Creator/KathrynBigelow becoming the first female director to win Best Director -- over her ex-husband Creator/JamesCameron. (But some suggest that this was why she wasn’t nominated for ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' a few years later.)
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad Jones says he thinks calling ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'', the 1970 Best Picture, is a gritty and suspenseful genre film with a nihilistic toneBut unlike most Oscar winners, it has a [[AntiHero morally ambiguous protagonist]] and an ending where [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins and most of the other villains receive a KarmaHoudini]]. Some speculate that the Academy gave the win to a film this is very overused. But he says he thinks it fits at least dark to distance itself from the trailer for the film [[{{Glurge}} saccharine musicals]] that won in TheSixties.
* ''Film/TheArtist'' won Best Picture in spite
of ''Literature/TheBookThief''.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made
it being a video on SilentMovie from 2011. It’s not often that LeFilmArtistique (or something vaguely resembling it anyway) gets nominations beyond Best Foreign Film, but this topic titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNwudFGUOU 21 Steps one won the whole thing. It helped that it was also an unashamed love letter to Making an Old Hollywood, which probably appealed to Academy viewers.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino’s films ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' certainly seem like
Oscar Movie]], including: high-contrast low-saturation lighting, suspenseful piano music, period clothing, disability, drug addiction, low camera angle, suicide, Bait at first glance, the first being set in World War II and a lot of other cliché things.
* [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow Game Theorist]] Matthew Patrick on his
the second channel ''Film Theory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdwySyRSgqc spends 15 minutes discussing]] tackling American slavery. They wound up getting seven and five nominations respectively. They’re also quintessential Tarantino films -- fictional, bizarre, and CrazyAwesome, so never ''feeling'' like Oscar Bait.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is arguably one of
the formula yielding least Oscar-friendly movies ever made. It's the highests statistical chance of winning an oscar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5s Super Deluxe]]
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 two-hour nonstop 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. [[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 and winning six.
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' is a horror movie, and the director never denied that. (The producers, on the other hand, marketed it as a “PsychologicalThriller”). It also features a lesbian sex scene, [[SexSells just to get eyeballs on it]]. It still got five Oscar nominations and was regarded as one of the best films of the year.
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!!Spoofs of this trope:

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMask'', where after dodging a series of gunshots in several comedic forms, the Mask finally turns into a cowboy, allowing himself to be shot, and proceeds to die in another character's arms with a heartfelt FinalSpeech - at which point the audience cheers, prompting him to get up and tearfully accept an award. The hilarious part is that the mobsters that were shooting at him also react to the audience, checking their hair and straightening their suits like they were on television.
** This particular joke has been around since the days of the original WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Given the Mask's personality, that's most likely where he got the idea.
** He doesn't just give a FinalSpeech. He gives ''several'' {{Final Speech}}es, all of which are {{Shout Out}}s to award-winning movies ("[[Film/GoneWithTheWind Tell Scarlet I DO give a damn.]]")
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'' has Wayne give a tear-filled speech with the words
"Oscar contender" trailer Clip" emblazoned over the shot.
* At the end of ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Morocco]]'', Creator/BobHope's character has accidentally blown up the ship, leaving the main cast [[LostAtSea stranded on a raft]]. Hope [[ChewingTheScenery chews up the scenery]], acting crazy and as if they've been stranded
for ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'', with weeks and are dying. The camera then pans up to reveal the New York City skyline, and Music/BingCrosby's character tells him to calm down, they'll be rescued in a few minutes, Hope bitterly remarks that they've ruined his chance for an Academy Award.
** In ''Road to Bali'', when Crosby finds the Oscar Creator/HumphreyBogart received for ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', Bob Hope snatches it away from him, tells him he already has one. Hope then begins making his acceptance speech. (He never was nominated for a competitive one, but he would receive 4 Honorary Oscars and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - plus, he frequently appeared at the show, and hosted a record fourteen times.)
* In ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'', after parodying one of the dramatic scenes from ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', the main character tells his girlfriend that he's trying to win the Best Black Actor at the Soul Train awards.
* ''Satan's Alley'', one of the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake trailers]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a head-on parody of this.
* The trope is referenced and mocked in ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' by black action star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy):
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': White boys get all the Oscars -- it's a fact!
-->'''Manager''': I know that, but look...
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Did I get nominated? No, and you know why? 'Cos I haven't played any of them slave roles, where I get my ass whipped -- that's how you get the nominations! A black dude plays a slave role and gets his ass whipped, they get the nomination; a white boy plays an idiot, they get the Oscar. Maybe I'll split it: get me a five-minute script as a retarded slave, ''then'' I'll get the Oscar!
-->'''Manager''': ''(awkward pause)'' Uh, I'm gonna go schmooze. I'll be right back. ''(starts to leave)''
-->'''Kit Ramsey''': Yeah, and go find that script. "Buck the Wonder-Slave"!
* Villain Hedley Lamarr announces near the climax of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' that he is "risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor." Amusingly enough, while part of
the joke being was (presumably) that a whacked-out cowboy farce laced with racial humour and fart jokes was ill-positioned for acting nominations, the film ''was'' in fact nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Creator/MadelineKahn).
* Since an Oscar speech kicks off the plot of the comedy ''Film/InAndOut'', the first 15 minutes of the movie has a field day with this trope. First, Matt Dillon's character wins for playing a gay soldier unfairly discharged from the military in a movie called ''To Protect And Serve'', which is a hilariously hammy pastiche incorporating elements of ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Second, the other nominees in the category are listed as follows: "Creator/PaulNewman for ''Coot'', Creator/ClintEastwood for ''Codger'', Creator/MichaelDouglas for ''Primary Urges'' and Creator/StevenSeagal for ''Snowball in Hell''."
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3''. The films nominated at the Oscars were all ridiculously HighConcept, like "the story of one woman's triumph over the death of her cat, set against the background of the Hindenburg disaster" and "one woman's triumph over a yeast infection, set against the background of the tragic Buffalo Bills season of 1971."
* SpringtimeForHitler is made as this for ''Film/TheProducers'', despite its controversial content and wacky delivery.
* This trend was spoofed by ''Film/TropicThunder'', in which action star [[Creator/BenStiller Tugg 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 Kirk Lazarus]] later explains to him
that the film was made successful Oscar Bait films described above worked because the actors didn't go, in his words, "full retard", instead playing their characters as more appealing mildly challenged in order to fish for awards without alienating the Academy voters by presenting audience.
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Everybody knows you never go full retard.
--->'''Tugg Speedman:''' What do you mean?
--->'''Kirk Lazarus:''' Check
it as an uplifting [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] movie about out. Creator/DustinHoffman, ''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 group's Jewish manager.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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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain who made an EvilPlan to kill critics and moviegoers by making a {{tearjerker}} film. His movie, ''[[MeaningfulName Oscar]] [[PunnyName Gold]]'', was about a mentally-challenged Jewish boy that is [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by the death of his puppy during the Holocaust, done in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]], all while hiding from the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi regime]] Anne Frank-style in an attic.
-->'''Stan:''' (while sobbing) "Don't hug him! He's Herman Goering!"
** And after that plot is foiled, he mentions having an even sadder movie, which is nothing but [[RuleOfDrama 6 hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.]]
* One WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short, ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', had Bugs pleading with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how cold he was. He suddenly perked up and said, "Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!" Then he finished "dying", complete with mournful violins. He's probably done this a few other times, too. The plot of ''What's Cookin', Doc?'' has him attending the ceremony and demanding he receive the Best Actor award.
** On at least one occasion he is ''actually handed an Oscar statue'' in the middle of an overwrought, melodramatic display.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} spoof of even the animated awards they'd be qualified to compete for. Saving a beached whale was the start of the short.
** It turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny (or at least one hell of a TakeThat) [[spoiler: after they lose...]]
** They also did a more standard gag earlier: in a Thanksgiving episode, Miles Standish was out hunting turkey and the Warners were playing Native Americans ''raised'' by turkeys. This allowed Dot to wax eloquent over their hardship all while "ACADEMY MEMBERS VOTE NOW!" flashed on the screen.
** There's also a brief, but blunt reference during "Jokahontas" their TakeThat against Disney movies in particular. During the song "Same Old Heroine" (a parody of Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind"), which is ALREADY a brutally mocking song about Disney recycling practically the same script for every movie, we hear these lines:
--->'''"The Schloscar it will win / with the same old heroine / it worked once, why not again?"'''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Burt Reynolds new film "Fireball And Mudflap".
-->"I play Jerry 'Fireball' Mudflap, a feisty supreme court justice who's searching for his birth mother while competing in a cross-country firetruck race. It's... garbage."
** In another episode, an entry form for Best Documentary is shown to read "Holocaust related" and "Non-Holocaust related".
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Color Ruckus", where Uncle Ruckus tells his depressing life story to Robert, Huey, and Riley, who can't help but listen, especially because it's so sad.
-->'''Huey:''' That's like, Academy Award winning sad.
* ''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".
** In another episode, Meryl Streep receives an Oscar for Best Ordering In A Restaurant. She puts it in a purse full of many Oscars.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' parodied ''Emmy'' Bait with its fifth season finale "A [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special]] Drew," which includes helping a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played homeless woman give birth, Kate dying of ''[[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease]]'' on her wedding day, Drew battling his [[CompressedVice heretofore unheard-of]] lifelong illiteracy, Mimi battling her (also heretofore unheard-of) obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a LittlestCancerPatient. Who wins the role of Tearjerker, a villain who made an EvilPlan Emmy.
-->'''Lewis:''' You don't want
to kill critics and moviegoers by making a {{tearjerker}} film. His movie, ''[[MeaningfulName Oscar]] [[PunnyName Gold]]'', was about a mentally-challenged Jewish boy shoot anyone... except that is [[TheAlcoholic driven would make a good dying scene.\\
'''Drew:''' Shoot me!\\
'''Lewis:''' No, shoot me!
** Let's not forget Lewis snapping at people and then taking an aside monologue
to alcoholism]] by question why he does so, Oswald starting to steal so he can feel close to his imprisoned father and Mr. Wick developping an eating disorder.
*** ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodied this in one sketch where Ryan Stiles had to report
the death of his puppy during the Holocaust, done in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]], all while hiding weather as if it was a scene from the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi regime]] Anne Frank-style in an attic.
-->'''Stan:''' (while sobbing) "Don't hug him! He's Herman Goering!"
** And after that plot is foiled, he mentions having
Oscar-winning flick.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win
an even sadder movie, Award", which is nothing but [[RuleOfDrama 6 hours of a baby chimpanzee seemingly about the gang trying to revive its dead mother.win a Best Bar award, but is really a reference to the fact the show has failed to win an Emmy Award and parodies the kind of shows that do. The bar that won the previous year features a group of young, good looking bartenders who make inoffensive jokes with a laugh track, including a TokenMinority the manager and female bartender having [[WillTheyOrWontThey sexual tension]]. They gang's attempts to model Paddy's Pub after this so they'll win fails miserably.
* Series/FrenchAndSaunders' take on ''Cold Mountain'', where the Oscar Bait scenes immediately segue into "Zellweger" actually receiving it.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Nazi Germany}} about a "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot disabled homosexual Jew]]", which takes the typical Oscar Bait tropes of {{inspirationally disadvantaged}}, {{large ham}}, {{ill girl}}, {{bury your gays}}, {{rousing speech}} and {{final solution}} all up to their [[UpToEleven logical extremes]], while [[TrueArtIsAngsty overflowing with]] {{wangst}} and {{tear jerker}} .
]]
* One WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short, ''The Wabbit Who Came ** [[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 Supper'', had Bugs pleading with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining properly play the piano because he has]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy Muscular dystrophy]], and is persecuted by {{those wacky Nazis}} in {{The Holocaust}}. This gets the main character in a very dramatic fashion about how cold he was. He suddenly perked up [[HellholePrison concentration camp]] and said, "Hey, this scene oughta get me where the main character makes a {{rousing speech}} that goes "they may take my chair, [[BaitAndSwitch but they'll never take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny my Oscar]]!" ]]
** 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 Award!" Then he finished "dying", complete with mournful violins. He's probably done this a few other times, too. The plot believes that {{dead artists are better}}.
* Series/TheFastShow spoof 'Cute Disabled Man' won an award for "Best Portrayal
of ''What's Cookin', Doc?'' has him attending the ceremony a Disabled Person by a Fit and demanding he receive the Best Healthy Young Actor award.
** On at least one occasion he is ''actually handed
Who Wants to Win an Oscar statue'' in the middle of an overwrought, melodramatic display.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} spoof of even the animated awards they'd be qualified to compete for. Saving a beached whale was the start of the short.
** It turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny (or at least one hell of a TakeThat) [[spoiler: after they lose...]]
** They also did a more standard gag earlier: in a Thanksgiving episode, Miles Standish was out hunting turkey and the Warners were playing Native Americans ''raised'' by turkeys. This allowed Dot to wax eloquent over their hardship all while "ACADEMY MEMBERS VOTE NOW!" flashed on the screen.
** There's also a brief, but blunt reference during "Jokahontas" their TakeThat against Disney movies in particular. During the song "Same Old Heroine" (a parody of Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind"), which is ALREADY a brutally mocking song about Disney recycling practically the same script for every movie, we hear these lines:
--->'''"The Schloscar it will win / with the same old heroine / it worked once, why not again?"'''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Burt Reynolds new film "Fireball And Mudflap".
-->"I play Jerry 'Fireball' Mudflap, a feisty supreme court justice who's searching for his birth mother while competing in a cross-country firetruck race. It's... garbage.
Oscar'. "I love you, black man."
** * A ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch shows the best actor nomination at an Oscar show, where we see three clips of three actors playing handicapped (from deaf to having a spike in the head) giving the exact same speech, standing up to their detractors (you know, guys who hate the deaf, and such) with the same appropriately stirring music - and a fourth clip of a guy playing Theatre/{{Hamlet}}. The winner? "Omigod - everyone but the Hamlet guy!"
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had at least one episode that ended with a heartwarming scene and the subtitle: "For your Emmy considerations."
* Parodied in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' with ''Hard to Watch'', an obvious takeoff on {{Precious}}.
*
In another episode, an entry form for ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Creator/KateWinslet plays in a movie about the Holocaust because of this. What makes this HilariousInHindsight is that she would win Best Documentary is shown to read "Holocaust related" and "Non-Holocaust related".
Actress in 2008 for ''Film/TheReader''... a Holocaust movie.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' a late-2007 episode "The Color Ruckus", where Uncle Ruckus tells his depressing life story to Robert, Huey, and Riley, who can't help but listen, especially because it's so sad.
-->'''Huey:''' That's like, Academy Award winning sad.
* ''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
of ''Series/TheSoup'' with a trailer for "Best Death a fictional film called ''The Oscar Movie''. The voiceover discusses almost every Oscar-film cliché, using clips from that year's movies as examples. Such clichés include: "women distraught, crying, and/or screaming," comedians in Daytime Television".
** In another episode,
serious roles, Meryl Streep receives (mentioned at least three times), and "JohnnyDepp doing something weird" (with clips from ''Sweeney Todd'').
* ''Series/MrShow'' did a sketch about "The Dewey Awards," awards given to actors who play mentally challenged characters. It also features a film called "The Bob Lamonta Story," about one man's struggles with... his own mentally challenged parents. Following the film, the actual Bob Lamonta at the awards lists everything that wasn't factual, revealing the whole film was made up.
* In the UK ''{{The Kevin Bishop Show}}'' did a spoof trailer for a new TV drama series. It consisted of characters all repeating the phrase "gritty BAFTA". The characters all delivered this with a pained, serious expression, or whispered the phrase. This would be a UK equivalent of Emmy Bait.
* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'', one of the suspects is an actor who says he's playing Creator/MattDamon's "[[InspirationallyDisadvantaged half-wit]]" father and that "It's got nominations written all over it."
* In season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Rebel Alley (played by Creator/IslaFisher) discusses the possibility of playing Michael's deceased wife in a movie. After learning that said wife died of a terminal illness, Rebel says that all she needs now is to have her be mentally-challenged as well, and she'll be guaranteed
an Oscar for Best Ordering In A Restaurant. She puts it her performance.
* The June 11, 1974 telecast of ''Series/{{Tattletales}}'' had guest Harvey Korman ask Gene Rayburn (who was guest host that week) to repeat that he was an Emmy winner as the previous intro to him was drowned out by audience applause. Bert Convy and Roger Perry proceed to get up and leave the studio
in a purse full envy, but Harvey cajoles them back telling them "I've got four of many Oscars.them. I'll give you one!"



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* A hilarious musical performance actually took place at the 79th Academy Awards, featuring Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/JackBlack lamenting about how they never win Oscars for their comedy. They sing about beating up serious actors in the audience until John C. Reilly joins them on stage and tells them that they should also do serious films from time to time like he does.
--> '''John C. Reilly''': "Fellas! This madness must stop, there is no need to fear, you can have your cake and eat it too, just look at my career! I didn't cry when I would lose, I didn't pick silly fights, I chose to be in both ''Boogie'' and ''Talladega'' niiiights! Don't just be clowns, 'cause then you're just bores, mix it up and Oscars shall be yoooours!"
--> '''Jack Black''': "He's right! I'm gonna re read that script about the guy who gets lead poisoning and then sues a major corporation, there's not a laugh in there!
--> '''Will Farrell''': "And I'm gonna take that project about the guy with no arms and legs who teaches gangbangers Hamlet!"
* On fanfiction sites like fimfiction.net, there is a similar phrase called "feature bait". It is different from oscar bait, in that it tends to be "fun" stories, often erotic or completely insane. Oscar bait type stories tend to not do so well with reader popularity.

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* A hilarious musical performance actually took place There's a [[http://baitanoscar.weebly.com/index.html monthly online contest]] called "Bait an Oscar" where contestants write film pitches to be voted on as if they were Oscar contenders. Oddly enough, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the parodies listed below as almost all of the entires are sincere attempts to create good ideas for movies and the contestants tend to be ''fans'' of the Oscars rather than people who attack them.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** "A Very Special, Award-Winning Episode of Zorc & Pals".
--->'''Florence:''' What's wrong, Zorc? Why haven't you [[RunningGag destroyed the world?]]\\
'''Zorc:''' I have [[SoapOperaDisease a terminal disease!]]\\
'''Florence:''' You can't die! What about [[HoYay our adopted daughter]]?\\
'''Zorc:''' [[RuleOfDrama She also has]] [[IllGirl a terminal disease!]]
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' Abridged.
-->'''Yugi:''' [[spoiler:(''holding his grandpa's bandanna'') [[SkywardScream GRANDPAAAAAAA!!!]] (''{{beat}}'') Can I have my Oscar now?]]
* Parodied [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18156_a-trailer-every-academy-award-winning-movie-ever.html in this spoof video]] done by [=BriTANicK.com=] and hosted on Website/{{Cracked}}. It was such a spot-on parody that it even got its own page on TV Tropes, ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver''.
-->"Catchphwase!"
** See also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18460_5-reasons-oscars-matter-even-less-than-you-thought.html this article]] offering further proof that the Oscars exist solely to shit the bed.
* ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' has this in every scene regarding Spoony's attempts to avoid "giving in to the madness," ie his evil split personality Dr. Insano. He's a quite uncharacteristic LargeHam about having to constantly surpress his evil urges, and occasionally gets into HamToHamCombat over people wanting him to let Insano out.
* In the 3rd segment of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] ''History of Power Rangers'' series, he shows a clip of Bulk and Skull trying to save a bunch of kids from drowning in a lake (they turned out to be playing, not drowning, as the lake was knee deep at that part), running down the pier on slow motion with inspirational music as they strip from their cadet uniforms into their swimsuits. At one point Linkara puts "Oscar clip"
at the 79th Academy Awards, featuring Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/JackBlack lamenting about how they never win Oscars for their comedy. They sing about beating up serious actors in bottom of the audience until John C. Reilly joins them on stage and tells them that they should also do serious films from time screen.
* ''Nerd
to time like he does.
--> '''John C. Reilly''': "Fellas! This madness must stop, there is no need to fear, you can have your cake and eat it too, just look at my career! I didn't cry when I would lose, I didn't pick silly fights, I chose to be in both ''Boogie'' and ''Talladega'' niiiights! Don't just be clowns, 'cause then you're just bores, mix it
the Third Power'' host Dr. Gonzo swore up and Oscars shall be yoooours!"
--> '''Jack Black''': "He's right! I'm gonna re read
down that script ''Film/{{Precious}}'' would win best picture, because "It's about an underprivileged black rape victim who gives birth to an incest baby with down syndrome. I haven't even SEEN the movie and I already want to kill myself! It HAS to win!" Those keeping score will know the ''The Hurt Locker'' won Best Picture that year.
* 11points.com had an 11 Points Countdown webisode
about the guy who gets lead poisoning and then sues a major corporation, there's not a laugh in there!
--> '''Will Farrell''': "And I'm gonna take
[[http://www.11points.com/Countdown/11_Least_Deserving_Best_Picture_Winners_-_11_Points_Countdown 11 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners]], which claimed that project ''TheEnglishPatient'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' were Oscar bait. One of the commentators even says that ''The King's Speech'' was blatantly pandering to the older Academy voters, saying that it wouldn't have looked out of place winning Best Picture in 1965.
* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad Jones says he thinks calling a film this is very overused. But he says he thinks it fits at least the trailer for the film of ''Literature/TheBookThief''.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made a video on this topic titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNwudFGUOU 21 Steps to Making an Oscar Movie]], including: high-contrast low-saturation lighting, suspenseful piano music, period clothing, disability, drug addiction, low camera angle, suicide, and a lot of other cliché things.
* [[WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow Game Theorist]] Matthew Patrick on his second channel ''Film Theory'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdwySyRSgqc spends 15 minutes discussing]] the formula yielding the highests statistical chance of winning an oscar.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B0kgSh_5s Super Deluxe]] released an "Oscar contender" trailer for ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'', with the joke being that the film was made more appealing to the Academy voters by presenting it as an uplifting [[WhiteMansBurden White Savior]] movie
about the guy with no arms and legs who teaches gangbangers Hamlet!"
* On fanfiction sites like fimfiction.net, there is a similar phrase called "feature bait". It is different from oscar bait, in that it tends to be "fun" stories, often erotic or completely insane. Oscar bait type stories tend to not do so well with reader popularity.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof, Roger played the role of Tearjerker, a villain who made an EvilPlan to kill critics and moviegoers by making a {{tearjerker}} film. His movie, ''[[MeaningfulName Oscar]] [[PunnyName Gold]]'', was about a mentally-challenged Jewish boy that is [[TheAlcoholic driven to alcoholism]] by the death of his puppy during the Holocaust, done in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]], all while hiding from the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi regime]] Anne Frank-style in an attic.
-->'''Stan:''' (while sobbing) "Don't hug him! He's Herman Goering!"
** And after that plot is foiled, he mentions having an even sadder movie, which is nothing but [[RuleOfDrama 6 hours of a baby chimpanzee trying to revive its dead mother.]]
* One WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short, ''The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'', had Bugs pleading with Elmer Fudd to let him into his house, complaining in a very dramatic fashion about how cold he was. He suddenly perked up and said, "Hey, this scene oughta get me the Academy Award!" Then he finished "dying", complete with mournful violins. He's probably done this a few other times, too. The plot of ''What's Cookin', Doc?'' has him attending the ceremony and demanding he receive the Best Actor award.
** On at least one occasion he is ''actually handed an Oscar statue'' in the middle of an overwrought, melodramatic display.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} spoof of even the animated awards they'd be qualified to compete for. Saving a beached whale was the start of the short.
** It turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny (or at least one hell of a TakeThat) [[spoiler: after they lose...]]
** They also did a more standard gag earlier: in a Thanksgiving episode, Miles Standish was out hunting turkey and the Warners were playing Native Americans ''raised'' by turkeys. This allowed Dot to wax eloquent over their hardship all while "ACADEMY MEMBERS VOTE NOW!" flashed on the screen.
** There's also a brief, but blunt reference during "Jokahontas" their TakeThat against Disney movies in particular. During the song "Same Old Heroine" (a parody of Pocahontas' "Colors of the Wind"), which is ALREADY a brutally mocking song about Disney recycling practically the same script for every movie, we hear these lines:
--->'''"The Schloscar it will win / with the same old heroine / it worked once, why not again?"'''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with Burt Reynolds new film "Fireball And Mudflap".
-->"I play Jerry 'Fireball' Mudflap, a feisty supreme court justice who's searching for his birth mother while competing in a cross-country firetruck race. It's... garbage."
** In another episode, an entry form for Best Documentary is shown to read "Holocaust related" and "Non-Holocaust related".
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Color Ruckus", where Uncle Ruckus tells his depressing life story to Robert, Huey, and Riley, who can't help but listen, especially because it's so sad.
-->'''Huey:''' That's like, Academy Award winning sad.
* ''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".
** In another episode, Meryl Streep receives an Oscar for Best Ordering In A Restaurant. She puts it in a purse full of many Oscars.
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[[folder:Other]]
* A hilarious musical performance actually took place at the 79th Academy Awards, featuring Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/JackBlack lamenting about how they never win Oscars for their comedy. They sing about beating up serious actors in the audience until John C. Reilly joins them on stage and tells them that they should also do serious films from time to time like he does.
--> '''John C. Reilly''': "Fellas! This madness must stop, there is no need to fear, you can have your cake and eat it too, just look at my career! I didn't cry when I would lose, I didn't pick silly fights, I chose to be in both ''Boogie'' and ''Talladega'' niiiights! Don't just be clowns, 'cause then you're just bores, mix it up and Oscars shall be yoooours!"
--> '''Jack Black''': "He's right! I'm gonna re read that script about the guy who gets lead poisoning and then sues a major corporation, there's not a laugh in there!
--> '''Will Farrell''': "And I'm gonna take that project about the guy with no arms and legs who teaches gangbangers Hamlet!"
* On fanfiction sites like fimfiction.net, there is a similar phrase called "feature bait". It is different from oscar bait, in that it tends to be "fun" stories, often erotic or completely insane. Oscar bait type stories tend to not do so well with reader popularity.
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* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' was designed to be Oscar Bait, and it got nominated for eight awards (including three for {{Movie Bonus Song}}s) -- but none for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, or Director. It didn’t win Best Original Song either (although having three such songs in it, it might have split the vote). The only Oscars it won were for Best Supporting Actress and Best Sound Mixing. It’s often speculated that Creator/EddieMurphy could have won for Best Supporting Actor, but ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' came out two weeks before that year’s Oscars and was a total CreatorKiller.

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* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' was designed to be Oscar Bait, and it got nominated for eight awards (including three for {{Movie Bonus Song}}s) -- but none failed to get nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, or Director. It On the big night, it was shut out in many of the categories it was nominated in. It’s often speculated that Creator/EddieMurphy would have won for Best Supporting Actor, were it not for the poor timing of ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' coming out two weeks before that year’s Oscars; the film was a major CreatorKiller for him. Just as astonishingly, it didn’t win Best Original Song either (although having three such nommed songs in it, it might have split the vote). The In the end, the only Oscars it ''Dreamgirls'' won were for Best Supporting Actress and Best Sound Mixing. It’s often speculated that Creator/EddieMurphy could have won for Best Supporting Actor, but ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' came out two weeks before that year’s Oscars and was a total CreatorKiller.Mixing.
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