WASHINGTON, March 4, 2018: In case you weren’t paying attention, the time is fast approaching for tonight’s telecast of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Yet after Hollywood polluted its already politically soiled moral credibility last year with Weinstein-gate and the ongoing parade of #MeToos that followed, we wonder. Just how many viewers will be tuning in to tonight’s live ABC broadcast of the 2018 Academy Awards? Less than last year’s broadcast, we’ll bet.
Watching the 2018 Academy Awards show: Who, what, where, and when?
As for tonight’s 2018 Academy Awards particulars, says Deadline Hollywood,
“ABC hosts the live broadcast of the show… from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland with host Jimmy Kimmel.”
The Verge adds more color:
“The Oscars kick off with red carpet coverage at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, followed by the main event at around 8PM ET / 5PM PT. (That’s half an hour earlier than last year, for those keeping score at home.)
“The broadcast will also feature performances from Common, Mary J. Blige, Gael García Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, and Sufjan Stevens.”
We briefly checked out this list of headliners and found it suitably PC, entirely lacking in white males of primarily European lineage. Aside from that, the only name that’s really familiar to us is that of Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. He has charmed us for years now in his star turn as Rodrigo in Amazon Prime’s popular and atypical classical music comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
BTW, for portable device fans, The Verge suggests numerous ways to stream tonight’s 2018 Academy Awards show. If that’s the way you want to go, just click the link. But be forewarned: If you don’t subscribe to the right cable service or live in one of a few select cities, you’ll be outta luck. On the other hand, if you get a local ABC TV channel, you can just watch the show the old-fashioned way.
A Prequel to the 2018 Academy Awards extravaganzas
Those movie masochists wishing to wallow in the Glamorous and Inconsequential, there’s even a prequel scheduled prior to tonight’s main event:
“For the first time, ABC will present Countdown to the OscarsLive!, a three-hour live special from the red carpet. The show revisits moments from Oscars past and features a first look inside the under-construction Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum.
“Good Morning America weekend anchor and The View co-host Paula Faris and ABC News correspondent Chris Connelly host the special from 1-4 PM/10 AM-1 PM Sunday on the ABC.
“Faris and Connelly will be joined by editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, actor-writer Robert Wuhl, TV and radio personality Rolonda Watts, fashion expert Joe Zee and stylist Sophie Lopez.
“The broadcast also features four-time Oscars host Whoopi Goldberg’s interview with Disney [b]oss and museum campaign chair Bob Iger discussing the Academy Museum and the 90th Oscars.”
No doubt Whoopi and Iger will add their moral weight to tonight’s proceedings. We can’t wait!
Speaking of moral weight, as we’ve already noted, tonight’s 2018 Academy Awards broadcast will once again be hosted by the predictably smarmy, Jimmy Kimmel.
Jimmy’s currently popular, anti-Trump, pro-#MeToo shtick never acknowledges or offers penance for his earlier gig as host of Comedy Central’s once-popular “Man Show” (1999-2004). Co-hosted by Adam Carolla, the show regularly featured crudely funny, sophomoric, sex-oriented skits often populated by scantily clad babes known collectively as “The Juggies.” By 2018, however, Kimmel’s secret origins seem to have gone down the memory hole.
Fortunately, like all Hollywood’s faux-lefties, Jimmy fully understands that being a Hillary-supporting SJW means never having to say you’re sorry. (Unless you’re Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.)
Kimmel’s split personality aside, it will be interesting to see what level of insincere virtue-signaling tonight’s 2018 Academy Awards telecast will offer to its ever-dwindling audience.
The sad, relentless decline of the Academy Awards show
Sadly, the annual live Oscar telecast has been a husk of its former glamorous self for years. The tired, soap-opera essence of the Academy’ s annual celebration of mediocrity lies in the predictable moral preening of its amoral participants.
What used to be a shimmering celebration of widely-accepted great films and great stars has degenerated into a cesspool of dirt, sleaze and depravity, made worse by its obvious contempt for the average American. The only mystery and excitement that remains is guessing which Hollywood one-percenters will seize the microphone to dish out some PC political rant, complete with a righteous torrent four-letter words.
Worse, this alleged celebration of film entertainment has become all about politics all the time. Each year it reminds those of us still aware of world history that the Long March of Marxism continues to infect every American institution it invades. Hollywood fell to the leftists’ long march a long time ago.
More recently, NFL football and the just-concluded Winter Olympics joined the lefty crowd by marching in lockstep to the same seductive tune. Every time this happens in the entertainment industry (which now includes sports), it’s box office death. (Just look at the annually declining numbers.) But the one-percenters who run these entertainment entities apparently don’t care, even as the flow of red ink increases.
Cultural leftism = Cultural suicide
Cultural leftism is inevitably cultural suicide. Most viewers who actually watch tonight’s phony Hollywood posturing and insincere moralistic bloviating, will switch off the TV before the major awards are announced and head for bed. After all, tomorrow is a work day for actual Americans, so why watch the tired, predictable crap put on by filthy rich movie stars who actually hate at least half their fans? After Hollywood insults a majority of tonight’s dwindling viewership – again – even more of them will solemnly vow never to watch the Academy Awards show ever again.