We don't have stars anymore, except your president, Trump mocks Oscars outing

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     BUST IN SHOW Edy Williams made sure that the spotlight was on her

GETTY BUST IN SHOW Edy Williams made sure that the spotlight was on her

Another blockbuster, "Wonder Woman", received no nominations and Marvel's "Black Panther", now the biggest hit at the box office, won't be eligible for awards until next year.

The ratings were so awful, in fact, that they may be the worst in modern television history, as they took a 17 percent plunge year-on-year. In 2017, 32.9 million people in the United States watched ABC's live broadcast of the award show, compared to just 26.5 million viewers this year.

Over the weekend, most of America missed watching the 90th Academy Awards. "Problem is, we don't have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!"

Trump's tweets fit into a well-established pattern of him criticising Hollywood on Twitter. "There are more things than ever competing for an audience's attention, and more alternatives for people who might not want to sit through something as conventional as an awards ceremony".

Viewership for both the Golden Globes on NBC and Grammy Awards on CBS in January dropped from previous year. Viewing habits are changing as well, and "younger viewers are also showing a tendency to watch highlights of major TV events on social media platforms rather than watch a program in real time on television".

He has in the past gloated over the poor ratings of the Emmys, news shows, talk shows, NFL, golf tournaments, the US Open... and the list goes on.

The Oscars ceremony saw host Jimmy Kimmel crack a joke about Trump as he addressed Get Out director Jordan Peele. 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.

Ratings for the Oscars have been better when the movies were bigger. In 1998, the blockbuster Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

Who do you think was robbed this year? But privately executives said they are hoping that more popular films can get nominated in the future.

"Most of the movies up for Oscars in multiple categories are films that average moviegoers have not seen", said Eric Deggans, NPR's television critic.

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