Ricky Gervais Calls Out Stars for Getting Political at Oscars

According to the Hollywood reporter, the Oscars fell to their all-time low ratings, even lower than their previous 2018 low.

Brad Pitt won the first Oscar of the night and immediately made it “political” making a snide reference to Trump’s impeachment trial.

Pitt said “They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.”

Within 10 seconds of his brief appearance at the 2020 Oscars, actor Josh Gad used his appearance to take a jab at “Climate Deniers.”

Will they ever learn?

Yahoo reports Count Ricky Gervais among those who thought Sunday’s Oscars were too political.

The comedian, who hosted the Golden Globe Awards for a record fifth time last month, on Monday shared his opinion that, while he has, “nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe,” he’s warned them that their messages will backfire.

I have nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe. I even agree with most of it. I just tried to warn them that when they lecture everyday, hard working people, it has the opposite effect. Peace.

And, as there often is at these things, there were several moments that referenced the current political climate.

Some of them were meant to be funny, like when presenter Steve Martin joked that the announcement of Best Picture would not be bungled, as it was in 2017: “They have guaranteed this will not happen this year because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app.”

When Josh Gad introduced Idina Menzel, who performed one of the night’s Oscar-nominated songs, “Into the Unknown,” from Frozen 2, he teased that climate change deniers call the movie, “Not Frozen 2.”

There were some serious moments, though, which is most likely what Gervais was talking about. Brad Pitt called out President Trump’s impeachment trial, as he accepted the Best Supporting Actor trophy. “They told me I have 45 seconds this year, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star said.

Joaquin Phoenix, who won Best Actor for his performance in Joker, used his speech to mention inequality when it comes to race and gender, as well as animal rights. There were others.

Before the show had even started, Gervais tossed a couple of jokes that he would have used at the mic for the swankiest ceremony of awards season.