Arts & Entertainment

Seth Meyers' Oscar Bait would sweep every award show if only it were real

So many tears. So much snot.
IMAGE Esquire
Comments

Nobody is saying Oscar bait movies are bad—it's just that their intentions are so obvious. Why else is Casey Affleck playing a depressed single guy with a tragic past taking care of a kid whose dad dies young? What other purpose is there for Mel Gibson to make a film about the true story of a pacifist, Christian war hero? Why does Viola Davis cry so much? They want Oscars. They want Oscars so bad.

Unfortunately, all of these people pale in comparison to what Seth Meyers pulls off in Oscar Bait. It's a film about... Well, it's not really clear what it's about, exactly. But it does have really long uncut shots of Meyers freaking out in a car. There's a child actor with three names. Some racial tension and homosexual undertones. All that plus a strange disease through which its protagonist must persevere! And so, so much crying. Obviously, it's shamelessly timed for award season.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Matt Miller
Matt Miller is the Associate Culture Editor for Esquire.com
View Other Articles From Matt
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
The legendary actor-director on women, money, discipline, and playing the villain.
 
Share
"Girl With Balloon" sold for $1.4 million, but it's worth even more money in shreds.
 
Share
 
Share
Lino Brocka's classic has been released as part of the Criterion Collection. Here's what new audiences need to understand about its context.
 
Share
Margarita Fores, JP Anglo, Robby Goco, and more of Manila's top chefs contribute recipes for the Kythe Foundation.
 
Share
What's sadder? You not winning the lottery or being the only person in town who didn't win?
 
Share
 
Share
Short-sleeved shirts, brown trousers, and a very memorable yellow funnel neck make Neil Armstrong a surprise style inspiration.
 
Share
Self-abusive country singers, existential ingenues, and real-life pop stars proving their acting chops.
 
Share
Sources say the home button and the Lightning port are both being scrapped
 
Share
How to be a better friend to yourself, and feel happier for it
Load More Articles