Monday, 21 January, 2019

We don't have stars anymore, except your president, Trump mocks Oscars outing

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Stacy Diaz | 07 March, 2018, 11:11

The early ratings for the 90th annual Academy Awards are in - and down from the 2017 show.

The most-watched telecast was in 1998, when ABC had an audience of 55.2 million viewers the night all-time box-office champ Titanic won for best picture.

"And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go".

"Mirroring the race for the "Best Picture" prize, Jordan Peele ('Get Out") is #1 in the "Best Director" category.

Margot Robbie and Denzel Washington the "most searched for" nominees in the "best actress / actor" categories.

My personal favorite movie of the year took home two awards, both in the visual department. He used his acceptance speech to again prove that he definitely can do more than "dribble and shoot". Still, those numbers reflected the second-lowest in Academy history - which bodes particularly troublesome for Sunday's show.

Artist Plastic Jesus sits on his statue of Harvey Weinstein on a casting couch on Hollywood Boulevard near the Dolby Theatre during preparations for the Oscars in Hollywood. The activism went beyond Hollywood as several women in different industries gained the strength to reveal their own horrific stories. In December, the film academy unveiled its first code of conduct.

"Blade Runner 2049" netted best visual effects and best cinematography, an award which Roger Deakins had been nominated for 13 times previously before finally winning.

The Academy Awards can keep bragging rights over other awards shows. The fallout and response to the exposure of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry was an obvious through line - and honorees like best actress victor Frances McDormand made stands for inclusivity and representation in the industry.

The previous low-water mark for the Oscars came in 2008, when "No Country For Old Men" won best picture.

It was yet another indication that Hollywood is now ready to do more than just exhale; it's ready to get serious about making changes for the better. Originally released on February 24, 2017, "Get Out" grossed more than $250 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Jimmy Kimmel claimed he was keeping this year's Oscars positive, but the ratings were anything but. But ratings have recently been declining.

The powerhouse ratings grabber that is the Oscars telecast dropped to record low viewership this year, falling almost 20 percent from 2017.

Trump indeed scored the lowest rating so far, followed by Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama at 46 and 49 percent, respectively. That's roughly $163 million less than what "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" made in its opening weekend in the United States in December. That broadcast brought in roughly 32 million, according to Nielsen. Could partisan politics play a role in this? The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, will be a presenter Sunday. Del Toro's delicate, beautiful, odd little movie created its own wave, and brought a genuine thrill to the exhausting ceremony when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway - brought back for a do-over after last year's disastrous La La Land/Moonlight mix-up - announced the victor. However, multiple reports say that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will be returning to again present best picture, a year after they announced La La Land as the victor instead of Moonlight, because Cullinan handed them the wrong envelope.