“The politically charged 2018 Academy Awards were down 15.6 percent compared to the 2017 viewership with an 18.9 rating in Nielsen’s overnight numbers from 8-11 p.m. ET, according to TheWrap” and Fox News Monday morning.
Commentary throughout the evening ran solidly toward the left, not least driven there by the award show’s host, Jimmy Kimmel: “Sunday night’s awards were politically charged and loaded with mentions of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Kimmel took jabs at President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and even Fox News viewers.”
“We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence,” Kimmel cracked.
The Vice President’s name has for years now been cultural shorthand among certain Hollywood and media “elites” to mean conservative Americans with traditional values, and they make no qualms about their distaste for such people.
Perhaps the low viewership of this year’s event has something to do with that.
But aside from such sneers, which conservatives are used to hearing from the news and entertainment industry pooh-bahs, it must strike even those not on the right as terribly un-fun. Hollywood just doesn’t seem as interested in letting people enjoy films and fashion. That might be why so few tuned in last night.