These Are the Movies the Academy Is Counting On to Save the Oscars

Nate Jones

May 7, 2021

The Academy Awards are in crisis — even more than those other times they were in crisis.

With a field made up almost entirely of streaming and VOD releases, this year’s Oscars ceremony pulled in record-low viewership. Even worse than the poor ratings, though, was the sense that, for much of the entertainment-going public, the Oscars had become an afterthought. Without any popular titles in the mix, Hollywood’s biggest night had become a niche product.

The Academy Awards are in crisis — even more than those other times they were in crisis.

With a field made up almost entirely of streaming and VOD releases, this year’s Oscars ceremony pulled in record-low viewership. Even worse than the poor ratings, though, was the sense that, for much of the entertainment-going public, the Oscars had become an afterthought. Without any popular titles in the mix, Hollywood’s biggest night had become a niche product.