Based on some early numbers (more could be released latest), the Chris Rock-hosted show on Sunday drew the lowest overall ratings that it has seen in many years.
Many celebrities decided not to attend this year's Academy Awards to make a statement about the lack of inclusiveness for people of color; however, Kerry Washington walked the red carpet beautifully and proudly attended the ceremony.
It was the actor's sixth Oscar nomination overall, following nods in previous years for What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and The Wolf of Wall Street. While the Oscars were being handed out, the Reverend Al Sharpton held a rally outside, and a star-studded cast of African-American actors, musicians and filmmakers held a free event in Flint, Michigan.
Oscars' 10-year ratings high point came in 2014, when Ellen Degeneres hosted and it scores a 27.9 rating and 41 share.
"I gave him [Ryan Seacrest] a hug this year and he kept looking at my hands". You get a little moment with the President, and you say...
We all enjoyed seeing how thrilled Sunday night's best actor and actress winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson were when they stood before an audience of millions and accepted their Academy Awards.
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Mr. Rock said "We had real things to protest" during the 1960s and '70s, during other years of only white thespian nominees.
Jon Stewart's 2008 show, when the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men" took best picture, remains a low point at 32 million, while Chris Rock's last outing in 2005 managed an impressive 42.1 million. I thought about it real hard, but I realized they're going to have the Oscars anyway.
Spotlight - a drama about the Boston Globe's exposé on sexual abuse in the Catholic church won the coveted Best Picture award.
Another big victor of the evening was George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, which took home six awards including Best Achievement in Film Editing.
He then goes on to check out the book on keeping the Oscar "maintained" (this is a thing?) and DiCaprio asks, "What does it need?" while looking at a How-to Oscar guide.