films The Biggest Oscar Bait Films of All Time  

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List Rules Dramas that were released late in the year (Oct-Dec) and seem obviously catered toward Oscar voters. Can be from any year.

There are a number of ways in which a film could be classified as "Oscar bait," and not all Oscar bait movies are the same, but there are some qualities that you can plainly see are tailor-made for film's highest awards. For starters, Oscar bait movies are released in the winter, which is the season where the nominating committee will decide what earns a nomination (so they're fresh in the committee members' minds). With this list of Oscar bait films, you'll find plenty of movies - both good and bad - that are specifically trying to bait the committee and voters into picking them.

What many consider to be the "original" Oscar bait movie, The Deer Hunter, used the Academy Awards as a way to market the movie. They were having a difficult time getting people to watch, but they found that, after getting an award nomination, the average moviegoer was more inclined to come to the movie in a more open frame of mind. This practice has now become standard business practice for films like Shakespeare in Love and Seven Pounds, which had differing levels of success. 

So take a look at this list of films that were (probably) made just to win someone an Oscar and upvote the most blatant Academy Awards bait offenders, whether you liked the movie or not.

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The Revenant December 25, 2015

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Lincoln November 9, 2012

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The King's Speech September 6, 2010

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Schindler's List December 15, 1993

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Les Misérables December 25, 2012 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Aviator December 25, 2004 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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J. Edgar November 3, 2011

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Seven Pounds December 19, 2008

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War Horse December 25, 2011

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The Iron Lady January 13, 2012

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The Danish Girl 2015

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Born on the Fourth of July December 20, 1989

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Chicago December 10, 2002 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Brokeback Mountain December 9, 2005

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Monster December 17, 2003 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Gone with the Wind December 15, 1939

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Shakespeare in Love December 11, 1998 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Terms of Endearment December 9, 1983

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Monster's Ball February 8, 2002

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Amelia October 23, 2009

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The Deer Hunter December 8, 1978

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The Lovely Bones December 11, 2009

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Atonement 2007

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The Reader December 12, 2008 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Nine December 18, 2009

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The People vs. Larry Flynt December 25, 1996

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Conviction November 5, 2010

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Birdman 2014

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The Sessions October 19, 2012

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind December 31, 2002 - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Biggest Oscar Bait Films of All Time

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Come See the Paradise December 23, 1990

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Flawless November 26, 1999

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