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The economics of creating Oscar bait

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Oscar and his clones at a shop in Hollywood, CA.

Making a movie with Oscar appeal is risky business. The types of films that get Oscar nods don't necessarily get your typical movie-goer in to the theater.

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They're usually serious, not fun or funny, which could mean less of a box office draw. But, then again, a movie that does get an Academy Award nomination will see a bump in ticket sales. For more on the economics of making Oscar bait, as some have coined these films, is Gabriel Rossman, associate professor of sociology at UCLA.


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