Academy Awards protest hooplah masks declining public interest

From Brooke Seipel at the Hill,

Hollywood’s United Talent Agency held an anti-President Trump rally instead of it’s usual pre-Oscars party Friday in Los Angeles, featuring Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Keegan-Michael Key and other celebs. More.

Reality check: The other thing that the increasingly politicized Awards culture features is declining public interest. See, for example, from Rick Kissell at Variety:

Oscars Ratings on ABC Down 6% Overall, But Up in Younger Viewers, Key Male Demos

and Dominic Patten at Deadline:

Oscar Ratings: Chris Rock’s Return As Host Draws 34M Viewers In 8-Year Low

There are doubtless other reasons for decline but here is one likely correlation we can expect mavens not to notice: If celebs want to talk to and about themselves and their opinions, as opposed to listening to and interpreting those of their audience, they are in competition with all the other bores out there. It’s a tough market.

See also: SONY trying to save its Hollywood investment


Vanity Fair: Hollywood is over

  • Join me in boycotting the Oscars.

    • No way am I gonna miss The Walking Dead tonight.

      • Cat-astrophe

        Walking Dead = Good
        Oscars = Bad

  • mauser 98
  • Hard Little Machine

    It goes hand in hand with the reality that revenues for Hollywood are down even as production costs are way up. Their model of betting on a very small number of hugely expensive films each year and hoping they cover their costs is wearing thin. That’s why there aren’t any more small films or relevant films. Everything is content free and interest free. The lead time is two years and Hollywood can’t gamble on what they hope will interest people two years from now. So everything is a franchise, a reboot or a comic book. That gives them the latitude to make one or two ‘Serious Black Movies’ or whatnot.

    • canminuteman

      I don’t know whether movies have changed or I have changed, I suspect a bit of both. I used to watch lots of movies, now it’s a pretty rare event to find anything that looks remotely interesting.

      • terrence22

        The only movies I watch are OLD ones, from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and a few from the 1980’s The new ones are PC crap.

        • Will Quest

          Gollywoo { Hollywoo } is a sewage holding tank & the stench is less and less palpable…. I’d rather watch a Hindi film…. wearing earplugs and an eye-mask ……

  • mauser 98

    …for the Hollywood handwringers
    Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again

    • disqusW6sf

      Interesting labour costs are going up in China.

      • mauser 98

        perhaps lower taxes in US

  • ontario john

    The media is excited that the presenters will all be giving anti Hitler Trump speeches tonight. Perhaps they will all be wearing hijabs to show their feminist support of islam. One thing they won’t be protesting, is anything to do with China. Don’t be silly, can’t piss off their new bosses. And what are the awards for? Movies that no one actually has gone seen, but simply movies that fit into their social agendas like black issues and congratulatory movies like La La Land.

  • Millie_Woods

    Academy Awards Protest Hooplah Masks Declining Public Interest

    And increasing public revulsion. Every form of modern art is ugly, it just took a little longer to notice how vile and destructive the move industry was. In a way we have the Meryl Streep’s and Michael Moore’s to thank for exposing how hideously corrupted it had become.

    • mauser 98

      new movies are crap..cant sit thru one any more..(?)

  • Cat-astrophe

    A radical departure for Catastrophe would to actually WATCH a self adulating celebrity congratulatory funk festival with its depressing social/political dichotomy of reality where I actually may see some one I used to like, saying something I will never, ever be able to take back from my mental imagery when I see them acting again.

  • Cat-astrophe
  • Norman_In_New_York

    When movies have to resort to comic books for its story lines, you know Hollywood is in deep shit. Even China is cutting back its investments.

  • Tooth&Claw

    It’s all sequels/remakes and poor ones lately. Just not interested anymore. I haven’t been to a movie in quite some time.

    • ntt1

      The bean counters have seized control and search constantly for the next franchise run,
      comics were a natural because many of the target demographic grew up reading graphic novels then high quality computer games ,so thats what the current product resembles

  • ntt1

    I use netflix to escape Hollywierd movies I watch shows from all around the world and have been delighted by jems discovered from iceland , danemark , colombia and france. Despite some of the best technical crews in the world Canada never seems to rise above schitts creek and other toronto- centric smarm. maybe we need better more commercial oriented directors and writers rather that the tired telefilm talent pool hot tub party