Friday, April 19, 2024

Oscars Show Got Low Ratings and Had Too Many TV Actors, But At Least They Got the In Memoriam Right


Sunday’s Academy Awards show had a lot of deficits. The ratings were the lowest ever, and there were a lot of TV actors who had nothing to do with movies. Billy Porter? Mindy Kaling? Hello? Janelle Monae even opened the show with a total non sequitir performance.

Then there were the Disney tie ins: Will Ferrell and Julia Louis Dreyfus promoting their bad Disney/Fox movie, “Downhill,” coming this Friday was one. Lin Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos plugging Disney’s “In the Heights” and “Hamilton” to pay off the $75 million being ponied up by the Mouse House. Yikes.

But for once the Oscars did get the In Memoriam right. They didn’t “snub” anyone. The only omission was Michael J. Pollard. Otherwise, they got everyone in. My only complaint is that I knew so many of the wonderful, irreplaceable people who passed away in 2019, from DA Pennebaker to Robert Forster, and Sylvia Miles.

Billie Eilish singing “Yesterday” harmed no one. There’s a lot of pressure on this 18 year old. But she pulled it off with aplomb.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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