OPINION: How to fix the Oscars’ ratings

Adam Tumino

And the Academy Award for lowest rated Oscars telecast ever goes to…the 2020 Oscars.

Sunday’s Oscars surpassed the 2018 edition for the least-watched Academy Awards of all time, dropping 20 percent from last year’s broadcast.

But fans of the awards should not fret. There are multiple ways to repair the declining program.

Perhaps one of the issues is that the Oscars are too long. Even without a host, it is hard to carve out enough time to watch the entire thing. The solution? Present two awards at a time.

Have the presenters stand next to each other and speak at the exact same time. It may cause some confusion and be difficult to understand, but that is a small price to pay for a more streamlined telecast.

The bigger, more popular awards can be presented individually, but things like hair and makeup and sound mixing can be merged. This will also give the presenters incentive to be more entertaining to detract from their competition.

If the Academy does not pursue this option, perhaps the following one will be more intriguing.

When there are musical performances, have the artist change the lyrics to present awards during the song. This will shorten the program and force complacent musicians to be a little more creative.

When the winners come on stage, they can dance to the song or grab an instrument and join in. Imagine Bong Joon-ho jamming out with Elton John. The ratings would go through the roof.

If neither of these solutions boost ratings, it would seem that length is not the problem with the Oscars.

The Academy should name two winners for every category, and whoever can throw their trophy into the crowd the furthest wins. The loser must give the award to the person in the crowd that gets hit in the head by it.

Another option is to spice up the in-memoriam section by adding a segment where they show people who will die in the next year. If the person that is named is in the crowd, it would make a perfect opportunity for some good reaction shots. Some of these reactions could become memes which would boost the Oscars’ online presence.

These are just a few solutions to combat the declining ratings for the Oscars, and there are certainly many more.

But if the Academy is taking this problem seriously, they should try at least one of these options.


Adam Tumino is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]