80th Oscar Ceremony

Ouch, the Hollywood Reporter announces that the Oscar telecast had its lowest ratings in two decades:

According to ABC’s very preliminary household metered market overnights, the awards averaged a 21.9 rating/33 share. That’s down a sharp 21% from last year and the lowest on record in at least 20 years. The more accurate fast national ratings have been delayed by Nielsen and should be available midday.

We knew it was coming. It’s all over but the Drudge Report shoutin’.

But wait, it gets worse: The AP reports, “The Oscars are a ratings dud. Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings for the 80th annual Academy Awards telecast are 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever.”

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Congratulations to AD reader Brandon Jones for correctly predicting 20 categories at this year’s Oscars. This makes him our grand prize winner.

Runners up, with a whopping 19 were Arun Welandawe Prematilleke and Daniel Gardabie

Finally, those with 18 were:

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Nice job, everyone.

ONTD yet again gives us something interesting from the Oscar race – how fashion influenced the red carpet. Check out the dresses and the fashions that inspired them.

Commenter John writes:

You know, I thought it was a fantastic Oscar telecast. Great hosting, great presenters, everyone looked great (well almost). DESERVING winners. Interesting Lifetime Achievement winner. Nice musical performances. The show ended before midnight. Great montages/clips of the past 80 yrs. I could go on …….

THEN, you watch ‘The View’ this morning, and most of them are going on and on about how boring the whole thing was, and that they didn’t know any of the winners (who they were), and the audience all groaned in agreement.

It’s like: Well then go out and watch the nominated movies you fools, or stop complaining about who’s deservedly winning these awards!

History will look more kindly on these winners, though, than the years where the general crowdpleasers were honored. Having said that, I suspect the tide will soon turn with the Oscars leaning more towards the big studio movies and/or the awards-worthy crowdpleasers. The trouble is, the critics murder the Big Oscar Movies and thus, they haven’t a chance in the Oscar race these days and the awards appear to be going to the most worthy rather than the most popular.

On the other hand, for some 75 or 80 years prior, the Oscar winners were also films the public loved – even Chariots of Fire or Ordinary People or Kramer vs. Kramer. You name it, it was a shared experience, a harmonious marriage between “good enough” for the critics and GREAT for “the people.”

According to a friend, though, the big studios don’t much care for winning Oscars and that it’s the mini-studios who deal with that – thus, the movies have been smaller, more Indie Spirit than People’s Choice. The fallout from all of this remains to be seen, but we do know that the Oscar race continues to evolve as tastes evolve. Perhaps the ladies of The View and their ilk will make more of an effort to see the films that are creating all of the buzz. Then again, of the nominated five, only one was really a palatable film for the general public. It’s a conundrum.


We’re all happy for Diablo Cody winning an Oscar this year for writing the only $100 million dollar baby in the race, her being a woman and all. The folks at ONTD have captioned this “Diablo Cody doing what she does best.” Who hasn’t dreamed of winning an Oscar and having one’s photo taken kissing the Oscar? Plenty of women have taken that photo. Ms. Cody has her backstory to contend and something tells me it will be hanging around for a while. What is that line in The Insider about being famous versus being infamous?

Carpetbagger does a recount with hanging chads and discovers he was 16 rather than 18 right. I think that makes Kris Tapley the winner with 18 (we had contest winners, though, who got that and higher, so I guess this must mean that the pros, as usual, did not top the fans).

Meanwhile, congratulations to Brinton Oscar Breach, who was the only one on our Big Bad Chart to get all of the main categories right, with Cotillard AND Swinton. Bravo.

The AP tracks reasons why the 80th telecast might have been dull as soup – predictable winners, the writers strike, the rain — but decide in the end that:

Stewart, back for a second turn as host, was vastly improved from his 2006 appearance. He proved equal to the challenge posed by Oscarcast’s quick turnaround. His crash-deadline material worked. And even when it didn’t, he was genial, relaxed, and seemed utterly at home. His manner suggested that, before the show even started, the hard part was over: settling the strike.

“You’re here! You’re actually here,” he greeted the glitterati in the Kodak Theatre, as if to his living room. “The town was torn apart by a bitter writers strike, but I’m happy to say that the fight is over. So, tonight, welcome to the makeup sex.”

Makeup sex it wasn’t. But it was a pretty good show overall, with the only irritation being playing off the “lesser” winners. I say, they get one (maybe two, maybe three, sometimes four) shots to stand up there. Let them have their moment. But I know, they have to contend with the eternal complain of the “long, boring speeches.”

Americans better start upping their game is they’re to keep up with the likes of these folks.


Too often Oscar winners are rudely played off. Well, not this time. They brought back Marketa Irglova to give the speech she didn’t get a chance to give. Wonderful move, AMPAS.

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