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Oscars Boss: Lack of Titanic Films Sank Our RatingsWhy was there such a lack of interest in this year's Academy Awards, leading the kudoscast to deliver its smallest audience on record? It's the movies, stupid, says producer Gil Cates, pointing out that in recent years, ratings for the show have matched the popularity of the nominated films. "I [produced] the show the year Titanic made a billion dollars and [this year's best-picture nominees] together probably didn't reach $300 million," he says. "Only Juno did really well. That's (more…)
All's Well Between Oscar and Snubbed WhoopiFour-time Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg teared up on Monday's The View after the ladies brought up her exclusion from what looked like a tribute montage to past hosts on Sunday's telecast. In turn, Gil Cates, who produced the show, called Whoopi to apologize. "That piece of film was made to honor 80 years of Oscar's most memorable moments," he told TV Guide. Because of the show's crash production schedule after the end of the WGA strike, Cates saw the montage only days before it aired. &q (more…)
Oscar Ratings Lay a Golden Egg; But Why?Sunday night's presentation of the 80th Annual Academy Awards was watched by an average of 32 million total viewers a 20 percent plunge from a year ago and, in fact, the Oscars' measliest ratings on record since Nielsen started tracking the event in 1974. Worst ever. Of all time.The ratings dive caps an awards season that kicked off last September with the least-watched Emmys in 17 years, then followed with strike-impaired presentations of the Globes, SAGs and Grammys.Why do you think th (more…)
Oscar Nominees Cash In at the Box OfficeThanks primarily to good timing, this year's Academy Award contenders for best picture drew in an extra $111 million between the Jan. 22 announcement of the nominees and Sunday's telecast, E! reports.Unlike some past years when all of the nommed films were released before November, many of this year's nominees rolled out much closer to the nominations, taking advantage of the buzz. Juno was the biggest earner, adding about $43.3 mil to its previous earnings. There Will Be Blood made 75 percent o (more…)
Who Was Best- (and Worst-) Dressed at the Oscars?Did Nicole Kidman live up to her reputation as one of the red carpet's premiere fashionistas?Was Katherine Heigl a vision in red, or a bit "plastic-y" (as one of you put it in our live blog Sunday night)?Was Renee Zellweger's form-fitting gown one of the night's highlights, as many have said?Was Heidi Klum a runway success… or not?Cast your vote for the Oscars' best- and worst-dressed stars here, and we'll do what we do tally it all up. If you need a refresher, check out (more…)
Oscars' Best and Worst MomentsSo, my friends, what did you think of this year's Oscars? Long, boring, unimaginative, unfunny? Or did you actually have fun filling out ballots with your friends and snarking about fashion choices? I thought the only surprise was Tilda Swinton. That's why it wasn't a fun or surprising show. We here at TVGuide.com think we've found the top five best and worst moments of the evening. Do you agree? (Also, check out our list of memorable backstage moments and our Best & Worst Oscars Fashion pho (more…)