But the writing was largely on the wall for lows, either way. All three marquee events of the U.S. TV calendar thus far — the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammys and the Super Bowl — were off significantly from the 2017.
At three hours and 50 minutes, Sunday’s Oscars may have only passed last year’s runtime by one minute, but it managed to rank as the longest telecast in over a decade. Not since 2007 has an Academy Awards ceremony lasted that long.
And it wasn’t exactly a night of box office sloucher nominees. Though top winner The Shape of Water ($57 million domestic to date) hasn’t exactly been a runaway hit, it certainly outpaced 2017’s winner Moonlight ($28 million) and actually ranks as the top-grossing best picture winner in five years. And Dunkirk, the only other film to nab more than two wins on Sunday, took $188 million at the domestic box office — just a little more than Get Out, which was up in multiple categories and saw a writing win for scribe-director Jordan Peele.
Here’s a look at the last ten Oscars.