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Oscar Ratings Sank to an All-Time Low in 2018

Oscar Ratings Sank to an All-Time Low in 2018

The Academy Awards are often the most-watched television program of the year after the Super Bowl, but this year's Winter Olympics opening ceremony from Pyeongchang reached 27.8 million. Starting with the 2004 ceremony honoring the best films of 2003, the Oscars telecast moved up a month from late March to late February (or early March if it was a Winter Olympics year like 2018 was).

Starting with 1998's victor Titanic and finishing with this year's victor The Shape of Water, how do you rank your best pictures?

I get it. The Oscars are excruciatingly tiresome, and skits break up the monotony of award after award after award. Viewers heard English and Spanish on stage and even saw a little sign language: Shenton, accepting the Oscar for best short for "The Silent Film", signed part of her speech.

Meanwhile, the winners of the best visual effects award for working on Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049" thanked their "friends in Montreal", saying: "Merci beaucoup, this is for you". I just wish we could stay with the movies from the past year. With a loose knot based on a true story, it stars Frances McDormand as a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter's unsettled murder mystery. "What happened previous year was unfortunate". Sorry, I was not going to be lectured to about gun control or any issue by progressives in this bastion that have yet to deal with their serial sexual assault and misconduct problem. "We made a movie called "What Women Want" and it starred Mel Gibson".




There was always going to be the question of how the Oscars approached this particular year, in which the film industry has been shaken by sexual harassment scandals - and the USA has faced political upheaval with Trump in the White House. Yes, we are told, it is not the Academy that is to blame for extending our fun Sunday night TV event into a miserable Monday morning TV ordeal. But those of us who know this race understand what a big deal it was that it won.

By the way, it was also the longest-running ceremony since the 2007 Oscars.

"Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers". How do you celebrate the achievements of actors, cinematographers, sound engineers, costume designers and directors while acknowledging this pivotal political moment? "Just out of curiosity, what was your focus the other 89 years?" This time, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers said, and I quote, 'Our singular focus will be on the show and delivering the correct envelopes, ' which does make sense. The city even extended an all-expenses paid trip to the shortest speech victor, Mark Bridges, who won for Best Costume Design and got to go home with a jet ski.

As it turns out, they could still have come back later to watch the last half of the Oscar broadcast.


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