Have Your Say: The Great Big Oscar Robbery!

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Donald Trump took time to send out a tweet poking fun at the #Academy Awards receiving their lowest TV rating in the show's history.

The president took to Twitter on Tuesday morning (March 6) to blast the "stars" at the event and claim that he's the only star left, though he says he's just kidding.

The awards show has never fallen under 32 million viewers and a 21 rating in metered homes before, taking the program to historic new norms - in the wrong direction, Deadline wrote.

According to data released by Nielsen, a record low 26.5 million people watched Sunday night's telecast, a almost 20 per cent drop from a year ago, nytimes.com reported.

Whether it's the Grammys, the Oscars, CNN, sports journalism, the National Football League, and on and on, liberal entertainers are willing to take big hits to their bottom line in order to spread their message.

This is not a one-year downward blip, either. It's the fourth consecutive year that viewership has declined.

The most-watched telecast was in 1998, when ABC had an audience of 55.2 million viewers the night all-time box-office champ Titanic won for best picture.

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If only he had been nominated for all of the movies that he was in over the previous year. But with $57.4 million in ticket sales, The Shape of Water was the biggest best picture victor in five years since Argo in 2013.

And President Trump is right (about the ratings part, at least). "That's a function of our fragmented media landscape". However, the change has rarely had the desired effect, with this year's best picture category failing to include any of 2017's three highest-grossing films: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman.

"Gauging by the low ratings, it would appear that many of you had better things to do than watch".

Guillermo del Toro: This Mexican-born sci-fi director is one of the most innovative directors of our time, and won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Shape of Water. But privately executives said they are hoping that more popular films can get nominated in the future. And this goes beyond the impact of digital streaming, which isn't tabulated in the Nielsen ratings.

Lupita Nyong'o, Margot Robbie, Lin Manuel Miranda, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Emily Blunt, and Guillermo del Toro were just some of the Hollywood names that made the surprise appearance; as they preceded to hand out candies to shocked-looking patrons who thought they were just there to watch a movie.

Award shows have been a popular place for stars to speak out, whether it's the Academy Awards or the Grammys. The Super Bowl, for instance, saw its rating slip to a nine-year low this year.

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