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Oscars pull in lowest ratings in 8 years




Host Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Host Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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The ensemble newsroom drama “Spotlight” nabbed Best Picture, while Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home the Best Actor honor for his turn in “Revenant.”

But Hollywood’s biggest celebration of the movies seems to be so much more than just about the movies this year. Criticisms over issues of diversity have dogged the Academy Awards -- and by extension, Hollywood. All eyes were on host Chris Rock to see what he would do to take on the controversy, and the comedian came out of the gate with guns blazing, devoting his entire opening monologue to calling Hollywood out.

Rock’s performance, however, failed to bring viewers in. The numbers out on the telecast this morning show that viewership last night declined to an 8-year low.

What do you think of the Oscars broadcast? How would you rate Rock’s performance?

Guests:

Dominic Patten, senior editor at the online Hollywood and entertainment news site, Deadline; he tweets from @DeadlineDominic

Matthew Presser, International Business Times’ Entertainment Business Reporter