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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Oscars edition II

Its tough being right all the time, but somehow I will manage. Today the Washington Post reported that preliminary umbers show that this year’s Academy Awards had its second smallest audience in two years (Washington Post, 3/07/06). Only 39 millions views at some point turned in to the Oscars which is 3 million less than last year and the smallest audience since 2003 when only 33 million people watched as the movie “Chicago” won best picture. But, don’t blame that on “Chicago,” the 2003 Oscars were broadcast just days after the start of the War in Iraq and people were watching news coverage instead. This year the Oscars even tried to get more viewers by starting the show a half-hour earlier when the number of homes with the television on is higher.
But, people just didn’t care about this year’s nominees. Here is an interesting fact that will support the idea that Hollywood either doesn’t understand what “the people” like or they don’t care: this year’s five nominees for best picture, “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Munich,” and “Crash” all made less at the box office collectively than “Star Wars III.”
I’m not saying that “Star Wars III” was a good movie, but at least people went to go see it.

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