The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awards a film has won. They just don’t have that power anymore. Part of the fight to stay hip is to bring on hosts that would draw in different audiences.
Seth MacFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres last year (who brought in over 45 million viewers making last year’s show the most watched in years), and now with the 2015 Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris. Good luck to NPH. I’m sure his many talents will make this year interesting too.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards air February 22, 2016. We’ll be watching.[via Variety]