What’s This Year’s Biggest Oscar Bait?

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.

For example:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Report


“Serious” “thespians”

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

Prime Oscar Bait