Unfortunately, they were sitting in the audience instead of watching on the tube. So it shocked them when Industryites they respected came up at the parties to give the thumbs-down. If the board needed proof, early overnights were down 10% from last year. It was the 2nd least-watched Oscar show in a generation.
Of the 42-member Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those Oscar party circuiters amply demonstrated just how clueless they were about Sunday night’s telecast. To them, it went great, Jon Stewart proved a terrific host, and the hours flew by.