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The Oscars Was Most Watched in Five Years

Posted: March 8th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
The Oscars Was Most Watched in Five YearsSubmit Comment
A dispute between an ABC affiliate and Cablevision almost left over three million cable subscribers not able to watch the Academy Awards on Sunday. But thanks to a last minute deal, the awards show was turned back on fifteen minutes into it.

And even though many households didn't realize that the channel was back on, the 2010 Oscars still ended up being the most-watched in the last five years with 41.3 million viewers.

Industry analysts expected the Oscars to perform well since Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, and Grammy Awards all had improved ratings. But the big reason for the boost was the expansion of the Best Picture category to ten nominees, which included films people have actually seen (Avatar, Up, District 9, Inglourious Basterds).

Source: THR


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OneTime writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 7:57:35 PM

cameron got snuffed...cameron got snufffed..cameron got snufffeddd
encoreyourface writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 8:25:24 PM

? a little baked today or way?
WV-Films writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 8:59:44 PM

This is such Bullsh*t. Once people realized they're being pandered to with nominees of films that will never have a chance of winning, people will stop watching again.
otis writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 9:09:29 PM

@ WV

I'm with you- it's only a matter of time the sh*t hits the fan. The Oscars are gradually losing credibility every year, pandering to the sheltered masses that only get off their sofa like twice a year to go see films like Twilight or Avatar.

Idiocracy, anyone?
the_chosen_one writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 9:57:04 PM

I disagree, I think every film nominated had a fair chance, of course there will always be one or two films that have an edge, but I don't feel that the Academy is pandering to the masses, they are just finally coming to the realization that more people will care (therefore watch), if they nominate movies that people have actually seen.
Vin12 writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 10:27:13 PM

@otis
losing credibility? Ha! IT'S ALREADY GONE LOL
otis writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 10:31:18 PM

"more people will care (therefore watch), if they nominate movies that people have actually seen."

Isn't that essentially pandering to the masses? I mean, they have to do so to a degree or there wouldn't be an audience, but as this level progresses, more and more films that shouldn't have been nominated will get into that list. It will be hard to take a list including the "popular" (though not necessarily better) flicks seriously.
Ranger writes:
on March 8th, 2010 at 10:32:42 PM

I like the headline of this thread...

Last night was probably the first time I've watched The Oscars in 5 years.
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 1:10:45 AM

@Otis: But just because they including "popular" films, doesn't mean they are bad. Not all "popular" films are like Twilight. The examples in the article (D9, Up, Inglorious Basterds) could all have won without anyone screaming "Blasphemy!".
WV-Films writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 1:27:55 AM

@ he_chosen_one

"they are just finally coming to the realization that more people will care (therefore watch), if they nominate movies that people have actually seen."

LOL....that's what pandering is..
Kurskij writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 1:32:31 AM

They need to make a "reboot". 10 BP nominees? good. now add some foreign movies. The Prophet could have easily been nominated for BP, so is The White Ribbon. They're, well, better then, fo ex, Up in the Air.

The main problem though is that Hollywood doesn't produce movies of the same quality as 20 years ago.

Look at the list of nominees in for BA in 1993:

Pacino, Downey Jr., Denzel, Rea, Eastwood - in performances that ALL became classic. Will the same happen to this years Clooney or Freeman? Even Bridges got the award cause he was snubbed
Kurskij writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 1:34:45 AM

(continues)

...in the previous years. He wasn't even nominated for The Big Lebowsky!

It's time to change something, because Oscars are slowly degrading, soon too become an expensive analogue to MTV Awards.
the_chosen_one writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 2:20:18 AM

But in my opinion the Academy is not just nominating sh*t films because they were popular, these films were nominated based on merit...not a single nominee was on that ballot because they wanted to appease the teenage demographic that spends all the money, they all truly deserved the nod.
Mickael writes:
on March 9th, 2010 at 4:02:51 AM

Cameron is the worst screenwriter in hollywood. Nothing but cheesy, recycled material with a limitless budget and the best special effects to hide how horrible the stories are. Plus he sucks as a human being.
drshakalou writes:
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