Oscar bait

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Oscar bait (uncountable)

  1. (film) A film or films perceived to have been produced at least partially in order to be nominated for, and hopefully win, an Academy Award.
    • 1968 December 16, New York Magazine[1], volume 1, number 37, ISSN 0028-7369, page 5:
      "O'Toole and Hepburn are memorable and matchless. You'll never see better performances. These are both Oscar bait outings.
    • 2005, Steve Pond, The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards[2], page 261:
      Director Steven Soderbergh's Traffic was more typical Oscar bait, but the high-minded three-hour film about the drug trade along the US/ Mexican border was also inconsistent, and Soderbergh's fondness for mixing in grainy film stock and jerky handheld cameras didn't figure to endear him to older Academy voters.