The term “Oscar bait” is typically a derogatory one used to indicate a film that’s clamoring too desperately for the attention of Oscar voters by being overly earnest, overacted, or depicting the Holocaust with a string quartet score. Though many of these films may transcend that label and go onto greatness, most will no doubt fall by their own opulent hand and end up being bunk buddies with films like Amelia and J. Edgar.
Indeed, every year we reaffirm our vows about how much we don’t care about the Oscars because the Oscars don’t matter because the Oscars only care about Oscar bait – but when did Oscar bait start to become a Thing in the first place? Miss Lindsey Ellis explains.
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