Some truths about Oscar baits
What is a Oscar bait?
Well, people normally think that good movies win Oscars.
They may or may not think why all Oscar movies are similar in mood or are to the core, boring and mostly fails to excite the typical moviegoer, at least to the general public.
Oscar baits are movies created solely for the purpose of having a go at the Academy awards, commonly known as the Oscars.
Typically released in the Oscar season (November to January), so as to be placed fresh in the mind of the Oscar voters.
Oscar baits rig the system and seem potentially creative so as to manipulate the Oscar voters.
When the first Oscar-nominated film Deer Hunter was made, there existed a confusion in America, as no one ever wanted to talk about the Vietnam War whether in the public domain or in movies.
Due to its sensitive theme and the fact that the film exceeded the proposed budget, the studio decided to screen the film to Oscar voters and critics before the wide release, which then bagged five Oscars including the best picture.
I do think there is a pattern of film-making followed by the film studios in making Oscar baits. Right from the release dates of the film to the cast and crew involved.
Typically Oscar baits involve crews or cast having an Oscar nominations or who already have an Oscar. A pattern is followed, and this may extend up to similar plots ranging from historical epics, biographies of not so well people, underdog winning feel good or the darker themes which mostly ends in sad and darker note.
Not all films are made as baits, for example: Film from previous summer blockbusters, like the Dead pool was never made for the Oscars, yet it made up to the Oscar nominations. Still retaining excitement to a general moviegoer when compared to typically dull Oscar baits.
It is worthy of noting that films that generally involve violence have slimmer chances of showing up to Oscars, yet films like No Country for Old Man and The Hurt Locker made the list and won.
With all these notions existing inside the movie business, there also exist a notion that films are reflections of the society, and thus films produced are accountable to the taste and opinion of the public. The very reason why we still have franchisees booming with clichés like the James Bond and comic superhero flicks like the Avengers and Superman.
Due to this lack of creative risk taking and deceptive Oscar baits that trick a typical moviegoer and its Oscar voters, the question remains: