The Academy is susceptible to falling for certain ploys that we Oscar bloggers have come to call “Oscar bait.” However, they don’t fall for everything and there is such thing as a movie trying to hard to bait the Academy. Such seems to be the case with the trailer for the upcoming film Conviction starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.
The trailer premiered at Apple this week and it makes it seem like the filmmakers were following a set checklist of “things the Academy likes” when they were making the film. Here is what that checklist would look like:
Feature Previous Nominees – Check. The film stars Academy Award nominees Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, and two-time winner Hilary Swank.
Feature an Actor Who is Due – Check. Sam Rockwell has continuously been robbed of an Oscar nomination, so it’s the perfect time to nominate the right actor for the wrong role.
Based on a True Story – Check. The film was originally titled Betty Anne Waters for its lead character.
Feature a Leading Performance Gimmick – Check. Did you hear that accent from Hilary Swank? Ridiculous.
Biopic – Check. The movie is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters who dropped out of high school and then returned to get her GED and eventually law degree so she could free her brother who was wrongly accused of murder.
Generic Sounding Score – Check. I’m pretty sure the score from the trailer has been in many trailers before it.
Story That is So Damn Inspirational it Makes You Want to Gag – Check.
Will the Academy fall for it? You can judge for yourself by watching the trailer below or see it in high definition at Apple.
Conviction will be in theatres in the U.S. on October 15, 2010.
[Source: Rope of Silicon]