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The Slap Heard ‘Round the

When Will Smith slapped host , it was the slap heard ‘round the Oscars. Without that drama, the award show’s viewership may have hit an all-time low. Liberty Nation’s Caroline Adana broke down the numbers, and the results show a rapid decrease.

To recap Ms. Adana, in the 1990s, more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the Academy Awards. However, at that time, there were only 280 million people in the US. By 2014, 43.7 million people watched the show, but by then the population had grown to 320 million, actually making it a 30% drop from 20 years earlier. We can really see the fall in 2021, when viewership fell to just 10.4 million. This year, although there was an increase (likely because of the Smith/Rock drama), preliminary numbers show only about 15.4 million people tuned in.

What is causing the loss of interest in the awards? Could it be because they are becoming more political, with the stars trying to assert their agendas? This is hardly the first time actors have acted out during the awards. Remember Kanye West (Ye) when he stormed the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech to say how Beyonce had a better music video?

During the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Natalie Portman, while standing next to Ron Howard, got in a dig about gender differences, saying, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Marlon Brando won best actor for The Godfather, but refused the award. Instead, he had a Native American woman accept in his place and she explained that Brando didn’t want the award because of the treatment of American Indians in films.

Those are only a couple of examples, but it’s not about the films anymore, it’s about the drama

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