VIDEO – Oscar Bait is Not a Real Thing

There is no such thing as Oscar bait, so why do people love talking about it?
There is no such thing as Oscar bait, so why do people love talking about it?

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.

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