Popular, accessible and less hermetic… These are the directives of the Oscars for its ceremony on February 25th following a significant drop in audience figures in 2018: currently at its lowest level (nearly 26 million viewers, 9 million less in two years). But the question persists, are the viewers loosing interest in the ceremony or is Hollywood no longer able to unite at this self-congratulatory evening? Faced with this crisis, several solutions are envisaged:
1. The creation of an Oscar for most popular film:
First of all, the creation of a popular film Oscar that would recognise the Marvel and Disney full-length features (Black Panther, Star Wars), the blockbusters which up until now have never been invited to the ceremony. As soon as the announcement was made, the idea was poo-pooed: this trophy would celebrate big-budget movies without taking into consideration their cinematic quality. It would accentuate even further the cleavage between high art ‘elitist’ cinema and low art ‘popular’ cinema. The idea was quickly stowed away for another day.