The Oscars may have a ratings problem, but don’t expect big changes at next year’s ceremony.
“I’m not going to say anything serious,” Academy President Janet Young told me Wednesday at the Academy Women’s Luncheon hosted by Chanel at the Academy Museum. “We like to think. [of] Improvements and really helps to give a good experience to the audience and also help viewers on TV.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Jimmy Kimmel would be returning as host for a third season. He last appeared in front of the ceremony five years ago. “The decision was not to play with what was working,” Young said of the late night host’s return. “We’ve tried different things in the past – I didn’t participate live in the past – no host, multiple hosts. We just wanted someone strong to anchor the show, and we’ve got a lot of fun things we’re working on… We’ll be making some announcements soon.
DifferenceThe Academy’s Tim Gray wrote in a recent column, “Oscar Show Advice: Go Crazy!” He urged that the whole shebang be fixed. “Advice to planners: Be bold,” Gray wrote. “This is not the time to put band-aids on the old system. Swing for the fences. Accept every comment that says, ‘This might sound crazy, but…’. Don’t recreate the ceremony, recreate it.”
Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall hosted the 2022 Oscars, which averaged 16.6 million viewers, making it one of the lowest-rated Academy Awards. Not that the show didn’t get a lot of attention — Will Smith’s onstage attack on Chris Rock overshadowed everything else that happened throughout the night.
Kimmel’s previous Oscars, in 2018, averaged 26.5 million viewers.
Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on January 24. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC on March 12 from the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood.