- The Academy announced the nominations for this year on Tuesday.
- Hollywood’s most prestigious award show seems to become less relevant with each passing year.
- Seth Rogen, a Hollywood staple, recently expressed that “people just don’t care” about the Oscars anymore.
While the Academy Awards remain the pinnacle of Hollywood, the long-running award show seems to be in the midst of an existential crisis as it seemingly becomes more irrelevant with each passing year.
Last year, for example, the ceremony drew 9.23 million viewers which represents a staggering 51% drop from the 18.69 million who tuned into the show back in 2020. For comparison, the 2010 Academy Awards racked up 42 million viewers. And it wouldn’t surprise me if that number continues to shrink this year, too. Long story short: the Academy Awards finds itself in quite a precarious position.
Even those within Hollywood have begun to turn on the ceremony, as Seth Rogen slammed the Oscars during a recent interview with Insider, explaining that people simply “just don’t care” anymore:
“I don’t get why movie people care so much if other people care what awards we give ourselves,” Rogen said. “To me, maybe people just don’t care. I don’t care who wins the automobile awards. No other industry expects everyone to care about what awards they shower upon themselves. Maybe people just don’t care. Maybe they did for a while and they stopped caring. And why should they?”
And Rogen is right. Unless The Academy makes a major change to their format — such as adding a Best Popular Film category, which would allow the likes of Spider-Man: No Way Home and No Time to Die to be involved in the proceedings — viewership and relevance will contain to wain as the years go by.
Best Picture: The Power of the Dog
Best Director: Jane Campion
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch*
Best Actress: Olivia Colman**
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose
Best Cinematography: West Side Story pic.twitter.com/KOj01ZdFvE
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) February 8, 2022
The 2022 Academy Awards — which I will, unfortunately, be watching — will take place on Sunday, March 27.