General view of the stage as host Jimmy Kimmel presides over the show.
In an aside about the pay disparity between Mark Walhberg and Michelle Williams for "All the Money in the World" reshoots, Kimmel said upon discovering that both actors were represented by the same talent agency that, "This one shook me". It's the first time that the Oscars averaged fewer than 30 million people since at least 1974 when Nielsen started keeping track.
Referring to the 90-year-old statue, he praised "Oscar" for his appropriate behaviour: "Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood". Barring some sort of an Oscar miracle, 2014 may in fact be the past year the Oscars draws in more than 40 million viewers, as all awards shows continue their downward trends.
As Reuters notes, The Academy Awards aren't the only major television program to struggle with falling ratings. He dissed the Best Picture victor on Twitter shortly after the Oscars, but I can tell you end to end, from someone who has covered the Oscars every year since 1999, that The Shape of Water is one of the best films to win the prize in two decades. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP). That number doesn't yet reflect the hour of the show where the biggest awards were handed out. And the NFL, which was plagued with the national anthem protest controversy this season, saw viewership for Super Bowl LII decrease 7 percent from last year's competition.
Mr Kimmel quipped that the tall golden Oscar statue itself was "the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood".
The expectation was justified. "They are trying to make me think that if I don't vote for this movie, I'm a racist.' I was really offended".
"Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers". I thought no one would ever make this movie. Fun, but expected. The funniest part included The Big Sick star/writer/producer Kumail Nanjiani and Black Panther's Lupita Nyong'o talking about their ethnic backgrounds merging with American society.
The jaunt was framed as a thank you to moviegoers, we heroic consumers without whose ticket-purchasing prowess Gadot and Elgort would be naught but normies themselves. Elsewhere, the lovely Chilean film, A Fantastic Woman, conveying the small and daily prejudices that come from living as a trans woman, deservedly took the award for Best Foreign Film. The legendary Los Angeles Laker got his Oscar for Best Animated Short for writing Dear Basketball.