It was a rather boring affair last night with the 92nd Academy Awards. They continue to put on the show with no host, nobody approaching the scathing insight of Ricky Gervais, and even the performances were not exactly scintillating. Maybe hearing jabs about John Bolton and getting lectured on the Communist Manifesto are not what audiences crave.
The biggest impact of the night was Eminem making a surprise appearance to perform his song from the movie ”8 Mile” — which was last in theaters 18 years ago…
I endured the entire show last night, as a courtesy to give readers an insight into what they were not watching, and that is not just hyperbole. I mentioned during the opening, an odd musical ensemble that felt like the Tony Awards and not the Oscars, that you could hear the TV remotes clicking across the country. It proved an accurate assessment.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 10, 2020
Rather unfortunate the THR had that pick of Steve Martin and Chris Rock on the headline, as they were one of the scant few bright spots of the night.
The numbers were harsh. More than three million fewer people watched the ceremony, a stark -20% drop in the audience. There was an obvious effort last night to court younger viewers; rap stars, as well as younger performers, were prominently featured throughout the night.
It was all futile. In the advertisers demographic of 18-49-year-olds the drop was -31%. That is just sad.
Not too many people seemed mystified by these results.
We’re all tired of being lectured by play-actors.
— Elias Graves (@theEliasGraves) February 10, 2020
Hollywood continues to wonder, “Why!?!”. ???
— Greg (@Money_Moose) February 10, 2020
They forgot the wisdom of Ricky Gervais,
"My audience is the bloke at home on his sofa"
— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) February 10, 2020
So much truth. Which of course means Hollywood has to completely dismiss it…as well as Gervais.
It’s almost like regular, hardworking people don’t like condescension from millionaire elitists. Or something.
— ann bolton (@annboltXlibra) February 10, 2020
While we had to wait for the official results to come out in order to comment on them the gang at the Babylon Bee managed to break the story this morning.
Nation Surprised To Learn Oscars Happened Last Night https://t.co/se8lrDzoPe
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) February 10, 2020
So much truth. They should make a weepy drama about all the sadness in these figures.