Hostless Oscars Get Higher Billing Than Last Year


Ratings for this year's Academy Awards were up on last year's record low, according to data released by US broadcaster ABC.

The broadcast averaged 29.6 million viewers – an 11 percent increase on last year's audience of 26.5 million,

Instead of using a host, the Academy had celebrities – among them Daniel Craig, Julia Roberts, and Dame Helen Mirren – announce each category.

But don't get used to it, as a host may be back for next year's ceremony.

Rob Mills, ABC's senior vice president said that while the show "works when it's host-less... a host will be in the conversation for next year."

"Imagine what would have happened if Envelopegate had happened this year and we didn't have a host?" he told Variety.

Mills was referring to the moment when “La La Land” was accidentally named best picture instead of “Moonlight” in 2017.

"It's hard to imagine that moment now without Jimmy, who was able to rein in the chaos," he added.

Hollywood's stars delight in their victories and nurse their after-party hangovers, here's a final round-up of this year's event:

Lady Gaga praises Bradley Cooper

Following their sizzling duet of Shallow during Sunday's telecast, Gaga has praised her A Star Is Born co-star and director Bradley Cooper as an "artistic genius." Lady Gaga also patched up with Madonna, with whom she had fallen out.

Queen announces new documentary

Queen and singer Adam Lambert were tasked with opening this year's ceremony with a powerful performance of the group's 1977 anthems, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”

What tops the Oscars? The after-parties, of course

With all the hard work done and dusted, the Oscar after-parties were a chance for celebrities to let their hair down.

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