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Oscars see nearly 60% decrease in viewership and 65% decrease in approval in third host-less show

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The Academy Awards were held on Sunday night, two months later than usual and split up at two different locations, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. It was an unusual setup in an unusual year, where many of the films were released while movie theaters were largely closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

An average of 9.85 million viewers tuned in to watch the more intimate and stripped-down version of the Oscars, a record low according to Variety. That’s a 58.3%, 13.75 million viewer drop-off from last year. The Academy’s third host-less show in a row scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast national ratings, a 64.2% dip from 2020.

Nevertheless, this ceremony made some history. Chloé Zhao won the best director for “Nomadland,” becoming the first woman of color to win the award. Yuh-Jung Youn became the first Korean actress to win an acting Oscar, for her supporting role in “Minari.” Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) won a third best-actress Oscar, and Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) won for best actor over the late Chadwick Boseman, who had been heavily favored. “Nomadland” won best picture.

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ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR: CONNOR KMIECIK

PHOTO CREDITS: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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