As awards season mop-up operations continue, here are a few developments to catch up on:
The Viewer Gap: The ratings for the Oscar telecast were down nearly 15 percent from last year, reports the Bagger’s colleagues Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes, who write that the dearth of box office hits in the Oscar mix was a big factor. “It’s sad, but most people have to finally accept that the Oscars have become, well, elitist and not in step with anything that is actually popular,” Philip Hallman, a film studies librarian at the University of Michigan, tells them. “No one really believes anymore that the films they chose are the ones that are going to last over time.” Read more.
Patricia Arquette Backlash: Meryl Streep and other stars cheered the supporting actress Oscar winner when in her acceptance speech she championed “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” But her backstage remarks in the press room afterward were not so roundly hailed. “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now,” she told the assembled news media, a comment that drew rebukes from several quarters, Variety reports. Read more.
Celebration in Poland: By winning the foreign-language Oscar, “Ida,” the period drama about an 18-year-old novitiate who discovers she’s Jewish, broke the country’s nine-film losing streak. As the Bagger’s colleague Rick Lyman reports, news of the victory dominated Poland’s television channels on Monday, with politicians and experts debating the country’s international image in film and other important…