Movie veteran JACK NICHOLSON has defended the 2008 Oscars after critics savaged
the telecast, which suffered terrible TV ratings in America.
The Academy Awards show was snubbed by millions of TV viewers – it attracted
the lowest audience figures since 1974.
But The Shining star, who sat in the front row throughout the event, insists
it was still a “tremendous” evening, even though not everything at the ceremony
was to his liking.
He tells MTV.com, “I like the spirit of the Oscars. I think what happened
this year was the Oscars had an indigenous quality. The acting categories were
“The pictures themselves were not necessarily pictures that the public
connected with. I like the Oscars because it’s not exactly the way I want it.
It’s basically good for everybody.
“Every kind of actor is represented in there. I do think there are too many
other awards shows. There are too many self-congratulations.”