The ratings for the 2018 Academy Awards are in, and it already feels like they leave something to be desired.
I am talking about the ceremony and the not the actual actors and films.
Jimmy Kimmel, left, congratulates Guillermo del Toro in the audience after winning the award for best picture for "The Shape of Water" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. But for now, it seems safe to say that the narrative is the same as it's been for a while: awards shows simply don't bring the same ratings that they used to, even just a few years ago.
Analysts say this year's turnout was also likely affected by a group of leading contenders that had limited box-office appeal, as top winners The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri have claimed just $57 million and $52 million domestically.
In 2014, according to Deadline, more than 43 million people tuned in for the Oscars, which is when "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture.
As they accepted their trophies onstage, the trio thanked their colleagues back home in Toronto. It's taken him nearly 50 years to bring it to the screen.
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Get Out, comedian Jordan Peele's masterpiece horror flick about an interracial couple's insidious visit to relatives, was the most profitable film of 2017 and the runaway favorite of critics and moviegoers alike.
In terms of its visual content, Blade Runner 2024, Ryan Gosling's major film this year, won for cinematography and visual effects.
But whatever the reason for the Oscars' ratings decline, it was not lack of interest in Hollywood and the nominated films more broadly.
The songs were all well played if not marvelous. Besides McDormand's awkward laugh throughout her speech, she made a attractive dedication to all the women at the Oscars, asking everyone who participated in the production of this year's nominations to stand.
This year's ceremony was of course contextualised by the question of change.
"I've lived in America for the longest time, and I am deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me", Oldman said at the very beginning of his speech. Check the page the next day for winners. Still, I ended up leaving feeling good about the Best Picture victor because it is so deserving, stats be damned. I mean, did they really have to hire Jimmy Kimmel to host the show? Talk about it on Kimmel's talk show or at an appearance. In a turnabout, black, Asian and Latino performers were so noticeable on Sunday's stage that one African-American presenter wondered aloud whether the evening might be dubbed, at least in the eyes of white viewers, as "Oscar So Black". It starts with the people who are hired to make movies, and continues with the annual nominations process. I'll die on this hill, so please enlighten me.
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Correction: Ratings drop was 20 percent from past year. I would like Gary to stand up and take responsibility for his actions. And numerous key categories, like Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress, were comprised of entirely white nominees. He also thanked Mexico and its culture for providing the context for Coco. Our staff here at AwardsDaily is growing and I'm hoping next season to bring more voices in. Stories about what inspired THESE performances.
Kimmel had several running gags going. I guess I would have thought that too. Come on. It was cute, but not as heartfelt as expected. Presenting the Best Actress Award with Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster came onstage on crutches.
Former U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant and director Glen Keane won the Best Animated Short Film award for "Dear Basketball". Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation.
This is one of those ceremonies I wish I would have taped and watched later, skipping through all the snooze-worthy moments and blah scenes. Jane Fonda particularly got on my nerves, especially since she took time away from the much funnier Mirren.
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