Oscar Ratings Sank to an All-Time Low in 2018

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Mexican director Guillermo del Toro then used his speech to accept the best picture award for "The Shape of Water", a romantic fable about society's treatment of outcasts, by inviting young filmmakers to kick open the door of the film industry and "come in". He even suggested that Hollywood makes movies like "Call Me By Your Name" to "piss off Mike Pence", and he said President Donald Trump was thrilled to see black people psychologically tortured in "Get Out".

Perhaps an even better example: You can't convince me that the racism portrayed and lampooned in best picture nominee "Get Out" didn't come from somewhere in the life of its maker Jordan Peele. "We made a movie called "What Women Want" and it starred Mel Gibson".

The 90th Academy Awards kicked off with Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue that had a more serious tone. But a basketball superstar winning the Oscar is not what makes this moment noteworthy: Bryant was arrested in 2003 for sexual assault after a hotel employee accused him of rape. We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore.

"Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we've all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact", Ivory said.

Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson with her best friend en route to the Oscars.

McDormand, 60, whose character seemed to channel the anger of the #MeToo movement that has dominated Hollywood and beyond, asked all the female nominees - across directing, cinematography, costumes and some 20 other categories - to stand up in the audience and be recognised. "Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

Three Billboards, was acclaimed by critics but is likely to have garnered as many last-place votes as top rankings due to a backlash over how it appears to absolve one of its main characters, a violent, racist police officer. Gary Oldman picked up the best actor prize for transforming into Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" and Allison Janney for becoming Tonya Harding's mother in "I, Tonya". "Our friend Oscar is 90 years old tonight, which means he's probably at home right now watching Fox News", he cracked. Thirteen years! Are you screaming yet? According to Entertainment Weekly, the 2018 Oscars telecast was the least-viewed in the prestigious awards show's history. Guillermo del Toro gave an incredible acceptance speech and made sure to check the envelope twice to avoid another mishap like past year.

The final numbers aren't in yet but based on the metered market rating, it looks like last night's Oscars will set an all-time low in the number of viewers.

The Time's Up initiative was not as visible as at the Golden Globes in January, with no coordinated protest - like the striking Globes red carpet "blackout". Half of the popular Key & Peele comedy team was crowned the victor in the Best Original Screenplay race at Sunday's Academy Awards, making him the first black screenwriter to receive the honor.

Among the biggest snubs of the ceremony as "Lady Bird", Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age drama that was nominated for five Oscars: including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress.

Other winners included Pixar's "Coco" for best animated feature and "A Fantastic Woman", a love story from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio with a much-praised star turn from transgender actress Daniela Vega, in the foreign film category.

Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani hit the stage together to present the award for Best Production Design, sending out an important message to viewers before handing out the trophy.