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Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Megyn Kelly's idea to boost Oscar ratings: Ditch Republican-bashers like Jimmy Kimmel
“I would also say for the record, maybe choose a host – because the last time around they had Jimmy Kimmel,” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today. “I know a lot of people love Jimmy, but he’s openly said he has disdain for Republicans, that they’re stupid, and he doesn’t want them watching his shows if they disagree with any of his opinions. That does not tend to help your ratings.”
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Hollywoood Foreign Press Association president on Oscar changes: "I feel for them"
Meher Tatna, who oversees the Golden Globe Awards, says of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shaking up the Oscars rulebook: “They have to do something to keep the viewers engaged and this is what they thought was a good idea.” ALSO: Mark Wahlberg defends the new "popular film" category.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel jokes that he's to blame for the drastic changes to the Oscars
"Apparently I did such a good job of hosting the Oscars this year, they've decided to change everything about them," Kimmel said in his monologue.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC and Disney executives pushed hard for big Oscar changes: You are facing irrelevance!
For years, Disney and ABC executives have pressured the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make changes to the ceremony that would make it shorter and, thus, more watchable for viewers at home. And for years, the Academy refused. But then, according to Variety's Daniel Holloway, "ratings fell off a cliff" for this year's Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony, the lowest-rated ever. Days later, a "come-to-Jesus meeting" was held with the Film Academy, where "the TV people walked through the lousy ratings at a granular level, identifying precise moments during the show that prompted viewers to stop watching," according to Holloway. "They made several recommendations about the ways that the telecast’s length could be reigned in, and proposed a 'best blockbuster' category that would reward films that had been seen by larger audiences. They also argued that viewers had become fatigued by the ever-increasing number of televised awards shows — including the Golden Globe Awards, whose viewership has been relatively stable in recent years — and that the Oscars should be moved to an early calendar period." Holloway reports that ABC and Disney executives are relieved following today's announcement, and they are unmoved by the social media backlash. As Holloway points out, ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks that doesn't broadcast the Super Bowl. So having a hit Oscar telecast is of the utmost importance.
- "The Popcorn Award" will ruin the Oscars, turning it into the People's Choice Awards
- "Below the line" film workers express outrage that speeches in their category won't air live: “I’m afraid this will end up being a little demeaning"
- It makes sense that Disney would push the Academy for a "popular film" award that could benefit its Marvel films
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Why limiting the Oscars to three hours is a bad idea: "The Oscars should always be long"
"At first, this sounds like a great idea, because the annoying people in your life always complain that the Oscars are too long," says Kyle Buchanan of the Film Academy's plan to make the ceremony three hours by cutting down on live awards. "Well, it’s not for them! The Oscars should always be long, because we wait all year for this show and those stray, long moments are where all the weird and memorable shit tends to happen! Nobody complains about the Super Bowl running 20 minutes over, because that’s masc, I guess. Even worse is the way this cut-down is going to be enacted: Several categories will be presented during the commercial breaks, then editors will whip together a quick montage of those winners to play later in the show. What a dumb way to diminish all the craft that goes into these movies and ding the non-famous on the biggest night of their lives, especially since many of these craftspeople hail from exactly the kind of popular blockbusters the Academy wants more of. (Just delete the three short-film categories like we’ve been telling you! They make no sense in the era of YouTube and they’re simply about rich kids renting out the Nuart to qualify!)"
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Oscars to combat ratings decline with popular film category, shorter telecast and fewer live awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors voted last night on a number of significant changes to the broadcast, including moving the 2020 Oscars from Feb. 23 to Feb. 9 -- one week after the Super Bowl. Next year's Academy Awards ceremony airs on Feb. 24. The Academy decided to make major changes four months after the lowest-rated Oscars telecast, which followed three years of declining ratings. To address concerns that the telecast has become boring, the board has "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours." The board also announced "we will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film" to lure viewers who have seen the most popular movies of the year. Finally, the board said "to honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast."