At this time of year, awards season dominates the movie world. This inevitably leads to a lot of critics and fans throwing around the term ‘Oscar bait’ to describe a certain brand of worthy, historical drama that tends to be something of a magnet for Academy voters. This is a reductive term that completely lacks any understanding of what it is that makes these movies appealing.
This year, the Oscar bait discussion has focused mainly on Steven Spielberg‘s journalism drama The Post and historical biopic Darkest Hour, which has been hoovering up awards for Gary Oldman‘s portrayal of wartime leader Winston Churchill. Neither of these films, however, was calibrated to win Oscars and, in this video, I explain why.
What do you think of the concept of Oscar bait? Does it apply to these historical biopics or is it a useless term without meaning? Let me know in the comments section and be sure to subscribe to The Popcorn Muncher on YouTube.