If you missed the 90th Annual Academy Awards, you’re not alone.
Not even the curiosity factor of seeing how Hollywood would handle Harvey Weinstein and the rest of the sexual assault scandal was enough to avoid this becoming the least-watched Oscars in history. The broadcast drew 26.5 million viewers, down 6.5 million – or about 20 percent – from the year before, according to Fox News.
Kimmel opened the show by insulting the very people who used to watch Hollywood’s biggest night — conservatives who have tuned out in recent years because of the divisive nature of the show.
“Oscar is 90 years old tonight,” Kimmel said, pointing to the golden statue. “Which means he’s probably at home tonight watching Fox News.”
Kimmel, the ABC late-night host who has rallied for gun control and pushed for socialized medicine in recent months, later took aim at Vice-President Mike Pence.
“We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money,” Kimmel said of the gay romance film. “We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
According to Fox News, which cited Box Office Mojo, “only two of the films nominated for Best Picture, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Get Out,’ landed in the Top 15 highest-grossing films of 2017.“
Anyone who did tune in to see how the Academy would handle the year of #MeToo accusations had to have been puzzled. Former NBA star Kobe Bryant received an award for writing the film, “Dear Basketball,” despite the fact that in 2003 he settled a sexual assault lawsuit out of court. And the winner of “Best Actor” for his role in “Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman, was accused in 2001 by his ex-wife of beating her. Oldman denied the allegations.
It is difficult, though, to overlook the conflicting narratives. On one hand, there is a Hollywood that, in Kimmel’s words, “can’t let bad behavior slide anymore.” On the other hand, there is the Hollywood that appears to do just that by awarding people accused of supposedly intolerable behavior.