So maybe these Oscar newcomers don't merit Trump's capital S-for-Star treatment.
Considering the war of words that Trump had with some actors in the run-up to the 2017 Oscars, it is hard to accept Trump's claim that his recent observation is a joke.
"None other than President Trump called Get Out the best three-fourth of a movie he had seen this year", Kimmel quipped at the gala, where several celebrities took a stand for immigrants and "Dreamers" amid the ongoing immigration debate over a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. It's a almost 20% drop from last year's telecast, which brought in roughly 33 million viewers.
Trump's tweets fit into a well-established pattern of him criticising Hollywood on Twitter.
Kimmel also hosted the 2018 Oscars, which media reports had described as an all-time low, ratings-wise.
Continuing a recent trend, ratings for the 3 hour and 50 minute telecast dropped to a record low of 26.5 million viewers, down a big 20% from last year's 33 million.
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Because we're in a position where the President slagging off the Academy Awards isn't even a surprise anymore, Trump finally had his say on this year's Oscars (two days later they happened.) on Tuesday (6 March).
Host Jimmy Kimmel brought his usual charm and sarcasm to the stage.
The Fox News host also tore into Meryl Streep, who was referenced in Best Actress award victor Frances McDormand's speech, for Streep having a previously cozy relationship with alleged sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein, a one-time top Hollywood producer.
"The previous low-water mark for the Oscars came in 2008, when "No Country For Old Men" won best picture".
The most watched Oscars in history were in 1998.
Conservative commentators on cable news, often critical of Hollywood's devotion to liberal causes, revelled in the Oscar ratings decline, saying that portions of the program sounded like a sexual harassment training seminar. In a particularly insider-y moment, lead actress victor Frances McDormand finished an otherwise emotional tribute to the other female nominees with the term "inclusion rider", referring to a contractual clause that requires a specific level of diversity in the cast and crew of a project. Later in the broadcast, he said, "We don't make movies like Call Me by Your Name for money".