For Your Consideration

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A very long time ago, one of the highlights of my year was when a family friend of ours would host his annual Oscars party. He would dress in a tuxedo, and we’d all gather at his house for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we watched the red carpet arrivals and speculated on who would win what. It was great fun, particularly since we had seen most of the movies that had been nominated.

How times have changed. Who gives a crap about the Oscars anymore? And these movies and actors — Minari? Mank? Steve Yeun? LaKeith Stanfield? — Never seen ’em, never heard of ’em. It’s no surprise then, to see the trend:

Infographic: Oscars' TV Audience Plummets To All-Time Low | Statista

I think the Oscars are a lot like business travel. Covid changed society permanently, and it’ll never, ever really be back.