By David Zou
Before we know it, the 2018 Oscars will be here. Many of the Best Picture nominees can be predicted if you are familiar enough with the annual formula. You see which films have done well in all sorts of other awards ceremonies. You take notice of which films have the current push (promotion and success before the big night are major factors when it comes to swaying votes).
At the end of the day, you can definitely consider the Oscars to be extremely formulaic. It is so specifically structured that you can even pinpoint the exact types of films that would do well at this ceremony (and with most mainstream ceremonies, if anything).
However, this does not mean that these films are actually the best of their year. A term that is often tossed around is “Oscar bait” (films made specifically to do well at the Oscars), and you can definitely label the criteria below as being just that. While not every film that has ever won was made specifically to bait Oscar voters, it is impossible to not notice ongoing trends when you really look at these past winners.
As both a cinephile and a student who is obsessed with overanalyzing all things film, I am fully aware that the Oscars are not the be-all end-all when it comes to the best films of all time (in fact, the eventual winners of the top prize are often wrong and are only sometimes right). However, it is always a pleasure to investigate all things that surround the medium (even the obviously biased).
Here are 10 types of films that are the most likely to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
1. Underdog Stories
Examples: Rocky, Slumdog Millionaire, You Can’t Take it With You, Marty, My Fair Lady, → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema