However, the ceremony was longer than in 2021, even with the 8 categories less…
Following the 94th Academy Awardswhich took place overnight from Sunday to Monday, variety publishes a first report. This evening hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes attracted 15.36 million viewers in the United States, an increase of 56% compared to the 2021 edition. Last year, the organizers had tried to modify the formula to honor a very special year of cinema because of the Covid-19 epidemic, which had limited public access to cinemas, then guests during the ceremony. Despite the efforts of the teams, the broadcast of the event had recorded historically low scores: 10.4 million viewers compared to 23.6 in 2020 or 29.6 in 2019.
In 2022, things are going (a little) better, even if we are still far from the audiences of five years ago and more: in 2016, the ceremony was seen by 34.4 million people, despite the controversy #Oscarssowhite (all the actors named were of Caucasian origin, which caused a scandal). A year later, it remained above 30 million views, then this bar has not been reached since.
The results of the 2022 ceremony are however mixed. Beyond the fact that she will remain famous for the slap given by Will Smith to Chris Rock following a bad joke about his wife (Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from a disease which causes her to lose her hair), she was strongly criticized even before its broadcast for having tried by all means to attract more audiences: the creation of two Oscars awarded by fan votes, on Twitterresulted in a double win for Zack Snyder, as event organizers were clearly aiming for a prize for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was a hit in cinemas at the end of the year. The decision to surrender eight trophies judged “minors” before the start of the ceremony also displeased many moviegoers: directors Denis Villeneuve, Jane Campion and Steven Spielberg publicly denounced this choice, which limited the impact of several victories. That of Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim to receive the Oscar for best short film for his film The Long Goodbye, for example, went unnoticed. Not to mention that this decision did not ultimately shorten the ceremony, which lasted 20 minutes longer than the previous one! 3h42 of award ceremony, interspersed with multiple commercial breaks, between Beyoncé’s spectacular opening and the victory of Codathe first feature film created especially for a streaming platform to receive the Oscar for best film.
Oscars 2022: Steven Spielberg, Jane Campion and Denis Villeneuve denounce the changes to the Academy