Maybe it was due to the writers strike, a downturn in the publicâ€™s enthusiasm about the yearâ€™s best performances at movies or celebrity overload but for whatever reason a lot less people tuned in to watch the 80th Annual Academy Awards this year. According to the Nielsen estimates about 32 million people watched the broadcast on ABC which is down 9 million from last yearâ€™s broadcast. The highest Oscar ratings were recorded in 1998 when â€œTitanicâ€ swept an impressive 11 categories including Best Picture.
Oscar host Jon Stewart kept the three-hour program moving ahead during segments and also won accolades when he brought out Marketa Irglova so she could have her moment and chance to say thank you for winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Just before the commercial break Irglovaâ€™s partner Glen Hansard say his thank yous but as Irglova walked up to the microphone conductor Bill Conti started up his orchestra and drowned out her acceptance speech. Stewart corrected the oversight and won instant coolness with the viewers by letting the starstuck young musician â€œenjoy her moment.â€