You hear the term tossed around every awards season. In the wake of the 2019 edition of TIFF, let’s break down the formula.
Based on a true story
Tear-jerking inspirational tales, biopics of famous figures, and anything with elaborate period costumes all have an advantage.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Report
The best way to ensure an Academy Award nomination is to have already had an Academy Award nomination.
Little Women, The Laundromat
It’s seriously depressing
Whether we’re talking addiction, genocide, wrongful incarceration, or just general inhumanity, happy endings need not apply.
As demonstrated by:
The Goldfinch, Harriet