ABC star Jimmy Kimmel's 'divisive,' politically charged Oscars were lowest on record
The Academy Awards get political: A look at the jabs
From President Trump to Dreamers, the Academy Awards didn't shy away from going political. Here is a roundup of host Jimmy Kimme l's and other presenters' controversial comments.
Jimmy Kimmel claimed he was keeping this year's Oscars positive, but the ratings were anything but.
The politically charged 2018 Academy Awards were down 19.5 percent compared to the 2017 numbers, averaging 26.5 million viewers for the lowest viewership since Nielsen began electronically recording its data in the early 1990s, according to TheWrap.
âWe donât make films like âCall Me By Your Nameâ for money,â Kimmel quipped at one point. âWe make them to upset Mike Pence.â (2018 Invision)
Last yearâs event drew 32.9 million sets of eyeballs and the sharp decline resulted in roughly 6.4 million lost viewers. Host J immy Kimmel and the crowd of Hollywood elite focused on diversity, feminism and political issues as much as they focused on the films being honored.
The lack of high-wattage stars in the major categories, as well as a ho-hum slate of films when it came to box office receipts, may also have been a factor.
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News viewers shouldnât be surprised that the show turned political and featured âdivisive, left-wing politicsâ throughout the four-hour event.
âThe Tinseltown elite genuin ely hate the people they expect will pay to see their movies and watch their TV shows,â Gainor said. âWhy do we support them?â
Sunday nightâs awards were politically charged and loaded with mentions of the #MeToo and Timeâs Up movements. Kimmel took jabs at President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and even Fox News viewers.
âWe donât make films like âCall Me By Your Nameâ for money,â Kimmel quipped at one point. âWe make them to upset Mike Pence.â
The Pence joke prompted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to sarcastically tweet, âI thought Hollywood wasnât biased against conservatives and only cares about the bottom line.â
Prior to this year, the 2008 awards were the all-time low for an Oscars audience when 32.018 million tuned in to watch Jon Stewart host and âNo Country for Old Menâ pick up the Best Picture prize.
The show was so drama-free, a shot of a perplexed looking Jennifer Garner became one of the night's most talked about moments. (ABC)
During the show, Kimmel lauded the actual Oscar statue, noting its age of 90 and taking a swipe at Fox News viewers in the process: "Oscar is 90 years old tonight, which means heâs probably at home tonight watching Fox News."
Kimmel wasn't the only one getting political throughout the night. Stars Kumail Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong'o took the stage to share a message of support to Dreamers ahead of announcing "Shape of Water" as the winner of best production design.
A musical performance from Common and Andra Day of âStand Up for Somethingâ was an ode to American activism with politically charged lyrics about topics like the NRA, the Parkland shooting, immigration, feminism and Puerto Rico.
A variety of Hollywood stars spoke about diversity and the #MeToo movement when they were given a chance to speak.
Frances McDormand, who w as the "Best Actress" winner for âThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," used her speech to call for inclusion riders after urging all females who were nominated in any category in 2018 to stand.
Frances McDormand, who was the "Best Actress" winner for âThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," used her speech to call for inclusion riders after urging all females who were nominated in any category in 2018 to stand.
Other than potential viewers staying away because of the presumed barrage of politics, the Academy Awards could have also kept viewers away by celebrating movies that many people didnât see. Only two of the films nominated for Best Picture, "Dunkirk" and âGet Out,â landed in the Top 15 highest-grossing films of 2017, according to Box Office Mojo.
Popular films such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi,â âBeauty and the Beast,â âWonder Woman,â Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,â âItâ and âSpider-Man: Homecomingâ simply arenât the type of films that are honored by the Academy in non-technical categories.
The unique monster movie "The Shape of Water" took home the award for best picture.
Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.
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