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.
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.