Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Trump jokes 'we don't have stars anymore' except for him

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Ebony Burgess | 09 March, 2018, 09:49

Ratings for Sunday's Oscar telecast dove 20% from 2017, hitting a record low of 26.5 million viewers, a statistic that did not escape the notice of President Trump.

It's true. Trump has made HISTORY with the lowest approval rating in the history of Gallup, but he spends all of his time golfing, so he must think that lower numbers are better.

Considering the war of words that Trump had with some actors in the run-up to the 2017 Oscars, it is hard to accept Trump's claim that his recent observation is a joke.

President Donald Trump tweeted about it. The 2018 Oscars had an all-time-low viewership of 26.5 million in the United States of America, a 20% drop from the 33 million viewers recorded past year.

This year's Oscars was also criticised by Fox News with presenter Sean Hannity taking aim at Meryl Streep and host Jimmy Kimmel's defence of women's rights.

Put another way, this year the award show set the record for the lowest viewership ratings in Oscars history. "Problem is, we don't have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!"

Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars, was quick to do so. The ceremony acknowledged the #MeToo movement and managed to culminate in an obvious invitation of support, inclusion and diversity in the worldwide cinema scene.

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Numerous show's most powerful moments came in between the awards.

Similarly, fewer people watched the Golden Globes, the Grammys and other award shows this year. Jordan Peele, famed Comedy Central alum of "Mad TV" and "Key and Peele", was the first African-American to ever win the Oscar for best original screenplay, which he won for his satirical horror film "Get Out".

The 2018 victor for best picture, The Shape of Water, has earned a modest $78.66 million at the box office in the United States and Canada - a figure that is actually higher than the previous four winners.

The all-time high for viewership came in 1998, when Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony and 55 million viewers watched.

It also tried to strike a balance between the acknowledgment of sexual harassment scandals that Hollywood has suffered from recently and providing an extensive look at the history of moviemaking to mark the Oscars' 90th birthday. It's the fourth consecutive year that viewership has declined.

Rather, the longer-term - and more intractable - problem for the Oscars is the fragmentation of the television audience. Later in the broadcast, he said, "We don't make movies like Call Me by Your Name for money".

"If I'm buying an ad on the Oscars there is a very good chance the viewer is going to see the ad", Beckman said.

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