Clockwise from top left: The French Dispatch , In the Heights , Dune , and House of Gucci . Photo: Clockwise from Top Left: Searchlight Pictures, Warner Bros., MGM The Academy Awards are in crisis — even more than those other times they were in crisis. With a field made up almost entirely of streaming and VOD releases, this year's Oscars ceremony pulled in record-low viewership . Even worse than the poor ratings, though, was the sense that, for much of the entertainment-going public, the Oscars had become an afterthought. Without any popular titles in the mix, Hollywood's biggest night had become a niche product. Fortunately, there's one tiny glimmer of hope. We have proof that Oscar ratings are not fated by God to always go down every year: For the 2019 telecast, the trend briefly reversed . As I'm sure everyone in the Academy has noticed, that was the year the Best Picture field was stacked with massive theatrical hits, including Black Panther , Bohemian Rhapsody , and A Star Is Born . And, as luck would have it, thanks to the very disruption that marred this year's ceremony, next year's Oscars race should feature roughly twice as many… Read full this story
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