While the most recent Oscars have been oddly populist in their choice of movies, the current downturn in viewing figures is likely a result of years of elitism on the part of the Academy, as the tastes of the Oscar voting committee and the average movie viewer have diverged so far as to make this award ceremony feel entirely alien to most people. Gary Oldman won Best Actor for Darkest Hour, which made only $55 million domestic.
"Mudbound", Dee Rees' period drama, also failed to win in any of the four categories it was nominated, including the Best Cinematographer for Rachel Morrison, who was the first woman ever to be nominated in the category.
'So we were talking about our appreciation for people who go to the movies and those are you people, so we wanted to say thank you to the moviegoers'. In February he said, "I don't think it's an accurate representation". "My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession".
Jordan Peele was awarded his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.
But the examples seemed cherry-picked and already widely known, and numerous milestones that it lauded only came in the past year or two.
With a dip in ratings, Hollywood's biggest night may be looking to change things up for next year's 2019 show. Host Jimmy Kimmel seems to have earned praise for another solid performance during his second consecutive year on stage. The Shape of Water is a wonderful film and a worthy Best Picture victor, bringing overdue Academy recognition to its creator, Guillermo del Toro, who also won Best Director.
Viewership for the Oscars is driven by the box-office success of nominated films.
With nearly a whole century of Best Picture winners under their belt, from badly-aged musicals to sentimental melodramas, the classic cutting-edge movies of the 1970s and everything in-between, the Oscars have awarded Best Picture to just about every type of movie over the years (except, you know, horror and sci-fi).
Angelina Jolie: The actress won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted.
"In a particularly insider-y moment", said Battagglio, "lead actress victor Frances McDormand finished an otherwise emotional tribute to the other female nominees with the term 'inclusion rider, ' referring to a contractual clause that requires a specific level of diversity in the cast and crew of a project".
It was encouraging to hear Lupita Nyong'o talking about herself and Kumail Nanjiani being immigrants and dreamers. "We can't let bad behaviour slide any more".
"He keeps his hands where you can see them, he never says a rude word and most importantly he has no penis at all". Last year's biggest hit, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", earned $619 million.
Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has emerged triumphant with two Oscars to his name, one for Best Picture and one for Best Director.