Oscars audience tops 15 million, exceeding last year
28th March 2022

Will Smith’s slap helps Oscars stumble to higher ratings: More than 15.4 million people tuned in to the Academy Awards – up 56% from 2021 – but it’s still the second-lowest rated viewings in the show’s history

  • Television ratings for the Oscars rebounded somewhat from last year’s record low with 15.6 million vieers
  • But Sunday night’s ceremony is still the second-lowest rated in the show’s history 
  • ‘CODA’ won best picture in Sunday’s ceremony, but all of the winners and losers were overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith 
  • About an hour before accepting his win, he stormed the stage to slap comic Chris Rock who made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith 

Television ratings for the Oscars rebounded somewhat from last year’s record low, but the event clearly doesn’t have the appeal to viewers that it once had.

Sunday’s ceremony reached an estimated 15.36 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen company numbers released on Monday by ABC. A more detailed estimate is expected Tuesday, with elements like out-of-home viewing added.

‘CODA’ won best picture in Sunday’s ceremony, but all of the winners and losers were overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith storming the stage to slap comic Chris Rock because of a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

‘CODA’ won best picture in Sunday’s ceremony, but all of the winners and losers were overshadowed by best actor winner Will Smith storming the stage to slap comic Chris Rock because of a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith 

The cast of Coda accepting the oscar for Best Picture. The Apple TV+ film upset heavy favorite The Power Of The Dog for the win

Held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ceremony had reached a startlingly low 9.85 million viewers. That led to several changes in the Oscars going into this year, including the addition of hosts and awarding eight categories ahead of the broadcast and editing them into the live show.

While that clearly seemed to help, an audience of 15 million is still below the 23.6 million people who watched the Oscars in 2020. Until last year, that was the smallest-ever audience for an Oscars ceremony.

Nielsen did not immediately have more specific viewership numbers for Sunday’s show, but the research company Samba TV said its own study did not indicate that the Smith-Rock incident had a significant affect on the audience size as the ceremony happened.

Viewership for live television events, with the notable exception of NFL football games, has been declining for several years with the advent of streaming and cord-cutting. Some Hollywood observers believe that the relatively niche appeal of many films honored by the Oscars has also limited the audience.

OSCARS 2022: WINNERS

 BEST PICTURE 

Belfast (Focus Features)

Coda (Apple) – WINNER

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Drive My Car (Janus Films/Sideshow)

Dune (Warner Bros)

King Richard (Warner Bros)

Licorice Pizza (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The Power Of The Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story  (20th Century Studios)

History: Coda became the first ever streaming film to win Best Picture as it upset The Power Of The Dog

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter 

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story – WINNER

Judi Dench – Belfast 

Kirsten Dunst- The Power Of The Dog

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard 

  

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Ciaran Hinds – Belfast 

Troy Kotsur – Coda – WINNER

Jesse Plemons – The Power Of The Dog

J.K Simmons – Being The Ricardos 

Kodi Smitt-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog

Amazing: Troy Kotsur became the first male actor to win an Oscar for Coda

 

COSTUME DESIGN 

Cruella (Jenny Beavan) – WINNER

Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini)

Dune (Jacqueline West)

Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)

West Side Story (Paul Tazewell) 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND 

Belfast 

Dune – WINNER

No Time To Die 

The Power Of The Dog 

West Side Story 

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)

Dune (Hans Zimmer) – WINNER

Encanto (Germaine Franco)

Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)

The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 CODA (Sian Heder) – WINNER

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe)

Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Shining moment: Sian Heder earned Best Adapted screenplay for the film as it went three for three on the night

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) – WINNER

Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay & David Sirota)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

King Richard (Zach Baylin)

The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt)

 

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Affairs Of The Heart 

Bestia 

Box Ballet 

Robin Robin 

The Windshield Wiper – WINNER

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye – WINNER

On My Mind

Please Hold

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM 

Drive My Car – WINNER

Flee

The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 Dune (Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau)

The Power of the Dog (Grant Major & Amber Richards)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)

West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen)

 ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 

Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!

Will Smith – King Richard – WINNER

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye – WINNER

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

All eyes on her: Jessica Chastain finally won her first Best Actress trophy for her titular role in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

 

DIRECTING 

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog – WINNER

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

Steven Spielberg – West Side Story  

 

FILM EDITING 

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)

Dune (Joe Walker) – WINNER

King Richard (Pamela Martin)

The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)

 

 

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

Coming 2 America 

Cruella 

Dune 

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye – WINNER

House Of Gucci

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 

Encanto – WINNER

Flee 

Luca 

The Mitchells VS The Machine 

Raya And The Lost Dragon 

 

ORIGINAL SONG

Be Alive — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

Down to Joy — Van Morrison (Belfast)

No Time to Die — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die) – WINNER

Somehow You Do— Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

Not a bad guy: Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS earned Best Original Song for No Time To Die from the James Bond film of the same name 

  

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Audible

Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball – WINNER

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ascension

Attica

Flee

Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – WINNER

Writing with Fire

 

VISUAL EFFECTS 

Dune – WINNER

Free Guy 

No Time To Die 

 Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home 

Epic: Dune swept the technical awards as Greig Fraser is shown accepting the Best Cinematography gong

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

 Dune (Greig Fraser) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Dan Lausten)

The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)

West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

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