Creator: Miramax Films
Founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 1979, Miramax was notorious for specifically creating Oscar Bait Movies and releasing them one after the other in order to appear to be the studio that "gets the most Oscars." They have released such Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films as My Left Foot, The Crying Game, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, The Cider House Rules, Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, Cold Mountain, The Aviator, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. (The last two released through the label after Harvey and Bob left.) However, they also produce movies that are not considered Oscar Bait, such as The View Askewniverse. This is the very company that launched Quentin Tarantino's career as a director, producing the above mentioned Pulp Fiction as well as Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Jackie Brown. It also released many action, thriller, and horror films, such as Scream, Scary Movie, Halloween H 20 Twenty Yers Later, and Spy Kids, which were released under Dimension Films, Miramax's brand for genre films.The Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 to start another company known as The Weinstein Company, which the Dimension Films brand was moved to. Owned by The Walt Disney Company from 1993 to 2010, Miramax and it's film library was then sold to Ron Tutor and his company Filmyard Holdings. Lions Gate now holds the home video license to the Miramax catalog, while The Weinstein Company holds the rights to make any sequels to Miramax properties.Is infamous for often cutting and/or delaying foreign films they bought the rights to, such as Hero, Gandahar, and The Thief and the Cobbler.
Tropes Applying to Miramax:
- Executive Meddling: They don't call him "Harvey Scissorhands" for nothing. He seemed to adore cutting and/or delaying foreign films just cause. But that didn't mean domestic films were safe either.
- Averted with Princess Mononoke, though they tried cutting the film down to get a PG rating, director Hayao Miyazaki, according to legend, sent Bob Weinstein an authentic katana with a note containing the simple words "No cuts!" The film was released unedited with a PG-13 rating, though this is usually blamed in-part for why the film was a Box Office Bomb in North America. It has since been vindicated by cable and home video.
- Oscar Bait: There's a reason that under the page, Miramax's tactics will always be described as "Egregious".
- Even worse, their pandering is commonly criticized for refusing to allow more deserving films win Best Picture. It's telling that 1996 & 1998's winners The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love are now seen as Deader Than Disco, while the other nominees such as Fargo and Saving Private Ryan are viewed as modern classics. Ouch.
- Screwed by the Network: Went hand-in-hand with the Executive Meddling above.
- Sibling Team
- Spiritual Successor: The Weinstein Company.