Weekly Round-Up # 14: 2/24 – 3/2

2019 Oscars garners second-worst rating in history

There were a lot of good things about the Academy Awards on Sunday: the show lasted just over three hours, announcers were able to keep the show moving without the help of a host and nobody announced the wrong winner for a category à la 2017. Yet, the Oscars still received its second-worst rating in history. Of course, it’s an increase over last year’s show, which received the lowest viewership ever, but still not necessarily something for the Academy to celebrate. This piece from indiewire breaks down this year’s viewership and why people tune into watch. It remains to be seen whether the Academy will restructure next year’s show after the lack of host this year went so smoothly.

Steve Buscemi is God… literally

I don’t watch a lot of television, as I prefer watching movies, but I definitely want to check out ‘Miracle Workers’ which stars Steve Buscemi as God. Whenever I think of Buscemi, I think of him as Carl Showalter from Fargo (1996), saying things like “Things have changed, Jerry. Blood has been shed” so imagining him as God takes a bit of work. Variety reviews the new show, which also stars Daniel Radcliffe, “a shy workhorse who’s been manning the Prayers department by himself for years, rarely daring to get more ambitious than guide a gust of wind to help someone find their keys.” The show seems creative and fun and has released three episodes thus far.

Netflix at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival, which begins this year on May 23, rejected Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma (2018) last year due to the fact that it was backed by Netflix and did not have a traditional, widespread theatrical release. As this piece from The Hollywood Reporter explains, that decision has now put Cannes in a tough spot, given how well Roma did during this year’s awards season and the growing prevalence Netflix has in the film industry. While some believe that only films with a widespread theatrical release should be included, that is becoming less and less likely as Netflix and other streaming services become more powerful and widespread. The future of filmmaking, and film watching, is changing, and Cannes, as well as other prominent film festivals, must decide how to react.

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