Maybe Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith got the last laugh on Sunday night, as it’s been reported by CNN that the 88th Annual Academy Awards garnered (only) 34.3 million viewers. This may seem like a big number, but the site reveals that it’s the third-lowest audience draw in the history of the show and the lowest draw in eight years.
Adversely however, the show was one of the most talked about in recent years. As we know, there were numerous celebrities boycotting the awards due to the lack of black nominees. Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Don Cheadle and George Clooney discussed their disdain towards the show’s diversity issue. This year’s host, Chris Rock, hilariously tackled the issue head on in his opening monologue, and also sprinkled the show with several race-related jokes.
“It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times,” he said during his nine-minute commentary. The show was still huge on social media, as 7.2 million tweets were sent out for the duration of the over three-hour ceremony on Feb. 28.