Hollywood.com’s Oscar Movie Checklist — INFOGRAPHIC

“Oscar bait”: an easy insult used to poke fun at a year’s Academy Award hopefuls — and one that also kind of hits the nail on the head… the Oscar voting pool may have a particular set of preferences for the films they deem worthy of their prestigious awards.

Just how common are “Oscar bait” tropes? Enough that we could cull from years past, cross-check our list with this year’s nominees, and walk away with more hits than misses. Whether it’s the industry players who fill their ballots with similar movies each year, or just a sign that Hollywood plays it safe with its award-friendly dramas, the 2012 movies eyeing gold have their roots firmly planted in what worked in Oscar history.

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To prove it, we’ve devised the Oscar Movie Checklist — the official guide to dissecting the Best Picture nominees (click for the big version!):

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.

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