In metered market ratings, last night’s ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood drew a 24.6/39. That’s a 12% drop from the 27.9/41 that the show got last year on March 2. Tied with the metered market results of the 2011 Oscars, last night’s results were the third worst the Oscars has done in MM ratings since 2005 – only 2009’s 23.3 and 2008’s 21.9 were lower. Last night’s show peaked in the 9:30 PM half-hour with a 25.6/37. In Local People Meters, the 87th Academy Awards got a 14.2/36, a drop of two-tenths from 2014’s results. Of the last decade, the 2014 show was second to the all-time high Academy Awards metered markets result of 30.1/43 that the 2005 broadcast had. The 2014 Oscars eventually pulled a total viewership of 43.7 million with a 13.1/33 rating among adults 18-49. … [Read more...] about Final Oscar Ratings: Demo Stays Lowest Since 2008, Viewership Worst Since 2009
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For sheer heart, I loved Penguin Bloom, world premiering at TIFF, with an outstanding performance from Naomi Watts that with the right push from the right distributor, could land her a third lead actress Oscar nod, and her first since 2012’s The Impossible, in which she played a wife and mother whose vacation in Thailand turned tragic when a major typhoon hit the country. In this true story, just like that one, Watts plays a wife and mother whose vacation in Thailand turns tragic when she falls from a rickety roof railing and becomes paralyzed (maybe Watts ought to stay out of Thailand). The highly athletic Sam Bloom begins an excruciating journey back to some normality of life with the help of an injured Magpie bird that comes into hers and her family’s life at just the right time. The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln plays the husband. The bird is brilliant by the way, and the movie is heartwarming, humane, and a life-affirming story that is much needed right now. … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
Eighty-two year old Donald Sutherland, incredibly never nominated for an Oscar, rounded out the evening by receiving his first as Governor Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Lawrence, and his one time agent of 20 years Ron Meyer all toasted him with kind words. But it was Sutherland himself who had the last laugh when he said that Academy President Bailey called to tell him he had been voted an Honorary Oscar. After his wife took the phone she explained to her husband just what Bailey was talking about as they were eating pasta in Rome where he was on location. “‘We’re going to have to lose some weight,’ she told me to which I replied after looking at my beautiful plate of spaghetti, ‘It will have to wait until tomorrow’.” At that point Sutherland, who told me afterwards that he refused to let them put his speech on a teleprompter, thanked all the “characters in my life.” A fitting sentiment for a great actor who … [Read more...] about Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars
In 1989 Parker wrote and directed Come See the Paradise, a moving family story about the treatment of forcibly interned Japanese-Americans during World War II, starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. A year later, he would make The Commitments, the story of a young, working-class Irish soul band, which was awarded a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture and won Parker the Best Director prize at the Tokyo Film Festival, as well as BAFTA film awards for Editing, Screenplay, Director and Best Picture. … [Read more...] about Alan Parker Dies: Towering UK Director Of ‘Midnight Express’ ‘Mississippi Burning’ & ‘Fame’ Was 76
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