Seth Meyers’ Oscar Bait takes jabs at all the awards season tropes


Ahh, Oscar bait. We know it when we see the trailer--the pandering tone, the appeal to non-denominational spiritual uplift, the all-star cast or the stunt-cast star, the Hallmark greeting card ruminations on the meaning of life, music that sounds like a cat walking haphazardly across piano keys. Oscar bait is always dreck imitating art.

Last year’s most egregious examples of this were Collateral Beauty, Sea of Trees, the high frame rate boondoggle Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the and the old Hollywood yarn Rules Don’t Apply. At least Collateral Beauty looks so bad I might consider putting it on while cleaning the apartment.

Late Night with Seth Meyers offered its own take on Oscar bait films with this extended parody trailer. Give it a watch below.

You know, I’d rather watch the movie Oscar Bait than Rules Don’t Apply.

Hubert Vigilla
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