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    The Golden Globes ratings plummeted this year and it seems other award shows aren’t going to be much better.

    The plans for this year’s Academy Awards, scheduled for April 25, are currently unknown. But if you were a producer for the ceremony, what ideas, innovations, and incentives would you add to improve the ratings?

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    Billy Eichner & Keith Caulfield (of Billboard) tweeted an outstandingly great idea

    Free idea for Oscars producers from a lifelong Oscars obsessive: Do the Oscars outside at the Hollywood Bowl. It’ll be fun and unique and maybe strangely glamorous. You can have more people there if it’s outside and it won’t be a weird Zoom thing. JUST MY TWO CENTS!

    Dolby holds 3,300+, Bowl is 17k+. Bowl maybe has 600 box seats near stage. Use 1/2 of them, limit each to 2 people, would get you 600 people. Assume 400 = nominees[w/guests] & 80 presenters/performers[w/guests]. Figure attendance limited, plus, there’s still tons normal seating.

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    Hire Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the host. Or stream it on Netflix.

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    A good idea from Twitter:

    Allow each studio 2-10 minutes to debut new footage, previews, and/or trailers for their upcoming slate throughout the night.

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    A good idea from Twitter: Allow each studio 2-10 minutes to debut new footage, previews, and/or trailers for their upcoming slate throughout the night.

    This is a good idea, I think. It’s what The Game Awards have been doing for years now and they’re more popular than ever. So many people shit on the awards they give but still show up for the announcements. It would be the same if the Oscars started debuting movie trailers, especially if 1-2 of those new trailers was for a big blockbuster.

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    Best Picture: Soul
    Best Direction: The Midnight Sky
    Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman
    Best Actress: Viola Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried
    Best Screenplay: Soul

    John's Best of 2021

    Best Picture: Nomadland
    Best Direction: Nomadland
    Best Actor: Lakeith Stanfield
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand
    Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
    Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback
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    Also, and the this is the biggest thing they and other awards shows can do: PUT THE OSCARS ON EVERY PLATFORM YOU CAN! Put it on YouTube, pit it on Twitch, put it on a streaming service if you really want to, like CBS did whenever they put the Super Bowl on All-Access. Make your own livestream and host it from your website like you do for the nominations. All of the major media outlets can share.

    Every year the Academy complains about less viewers, but that’s because so many people don’t have cable anymore and don’t want it. Sticking to the arcane format of public television will be the death of the Oscars and all of these other awards shows. They need to start branching out if they want more viewership. I guarentee if they put the Oscars on those platforms I mentioned, they’ll get double, maybe triple their current numbers, easy. And they’ll get increased revenue from YouTube and Twitch as well.

    John's Best of 2020

    Best Picture: Soul
    Best Direction: The Midnight Sky
    Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman
    Best Actress: Viola Davis
    Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried
    Best Screenplay: Soul

    John's Best of 2021

    Best Picture: Nomadland
    Best Direction: Nomadland
    Best Actor: Lakeith Stanfield
    Best Actress: Frances McDormand
    Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
    Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback
    Best Screenplay: Judas and the Black Messiah

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    nothing can do it.

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    I’d tell the producers to stop bitching about it every fucking year- I am so tired of it. The Oscars are not about ratings, they are about honoring excellence in film.

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    I like the idea of outside at the Hollywood Bowl. That may be the only way to make this feel close to normal.

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    I really wanted to watch the Oscars from my country without VPN. A live stream on YouTube or wherever… that’ll do it 😭. The suspense of the who’ll be the winner by watching it live was overwhelming (if the winners were unpredictable).

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    A good idea from Twitter:

    Allow each studio 2-10 minutes to debut new footage, previews, and/or trailers for their upcoming slate throughout the night.

    That’s actually a fantastic idea.

    And yeah, the accessibility is a huge problem. I was in Japan when the 2019 Oscars happened and it was a nightmare to get a working stream. In the end I had to do a WhatsApp call home to see the show on a TV a friend of mine pointed their phone at. A YouTube or Twitch livestream would make them so much more visible.

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    To make it more accesible to watch in other countries. Ratings would be so high if you counted everyone who streamed it on a dodgy site.

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    Make it shorter.

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    Let there be more representation of young actors/filmmakers and reduce the dad jokes!

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    An outdoors Oscars with in-person attendees socially distanced and masked could be lit. Much could be done in that sort of venue with Soderbergh and co. as producers. All the original songs could be performed live too. The major downside would be the high chance of April rain. I’d say use tents like the Indie Spirit Awards, or go back to dreaded Zoom as a contingency plan. No host news at this late stage is troubling. This is not the year to go hostless again. I was a big fan of it in other years, but this year is so different.

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