Oscar ratings reach record low in the US

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Egypt Today talked with some Egyptians to know why they follow the Oscars every year.

Ahmed Magdy, 30, is a bank accountant and a cinema lover. ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was the emcee of Sunday's telecast, his second consecutive year in the role.

This is not a one-year downward blip, either.

Red carpet host Ryan Seacrest, who is battling allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted a stylist who worked for him, was unable to get cooperation from most of the big name nominees during his annual pre-Oscars program on E! - in effect dampening the viewer enthusiasm for the ceremony.

And this is not the first time the President of the United States has taken time to gloat over the ratings of an awards show.

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"On top of insulting Trump voters, this Oscar telecast also promised to be a lecture in favor of gun control (by elitists protected by hundreds of armed guards) and against sexual harassment (by elitists who are either harassers or enablers)", Nolte wrote.

"If I'm buying an ad on the Oscars there is a very good chance the viewer is going to see the ad", Beckman said.

Esraa Atef, 20, said that she doesn't usually watch the Oscars, but does only if there is a nominated movie, an actor or an actress she likes.

The two-time Oscar victor, who swept trophies at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit and BAFTA ceremonies, beat out Sally Hawkins of "The Shape of Water", Margot Robbie of "I, Tonya", Saoirse Ronan of "Lady Bird", and 21-time nominee Meryl Streep of "The Post" at Sunday's Oscars.

Over the weekend, most of America missed watching the 90th Academy Awards.

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Kimmel went on to say he was assured the accountants would focus on the show and delivering the right envelope this year.

Viewers may have also become tired of this year's awards-show speechifying about the #MeToo and Time's Up movements exposing and combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The diversity extended to the ceremony that ranged between seriousness and light-heartedness. However, the #MeToo and Time's Up movements were emphasised. It was a celebratory evening for Latinx people as Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won best director and best picture for his fantastical sci-fi romance "The Shape of Water". "The Shape of Water" is a fantasy romantic movie that highlights a love relationship between a mute janitor and a odd amphibious creature.

McDormand received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

But ABC, which broadcast the awards, isn't getting any trophies.

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