Piers Morgan has blasted last night’s Oscars and claimed he’s seen more celebrities as his ‘Christmas pub drinks party’ while branding the event too ‘woke’.
The 56-year-old ex-Good Morning Britain host took aim at this year’s Academy Awards, which were held at Los Angles Union Station rather than the ceremony’s usual home at the Dolby Theatre due to Covid-19.
Commenting on the ceremony – which he dubbed ‘grim, woke-ravaged and fun-devoid’, Piers wrote in his MailOnline column: ‘The Oscars arrivals ceremony, which I’ve covered many times, is usually the glitziest, most glamorous and star-studded collection of human beings amassed on Planet Earth.
‘But I didn’t even recognise most of the small number of “stars” who tottered down the shortened rug – “carpet” seems an excessive description given its diminutive size – let alone care about the platitudes they spewed.
‘In fact, I’ve seen more famous people at my annual Christmas pub drinks party.’
Piers pointed to the lack of a host, a big musical or theatre performance during the ceremony and even the films being celebrated as reasons he couldn’t embrace this year’s event.
He did praise Nomadland, but suggested its $2.5 million box office performance should have ruled it out of contention.
The unique setting for the festivities was down to the pandemic, but Piers was unforgiving and felt other arrangements should have been made.
‘Honestly, if there was an Oscar for Worst Horror Story, it would go to whoever decided it would be a good idea to hold this year’s event in a train station,’ he ranted.
‘Though ironically, that turned out to be the most perfectly appropriate venue for a grim, soulless three-hour ordeal that was the complete opposite of what Hollywood’s biggest night is supposed to be about.’
The broadcaster and journalist – who quipped that watching trains go by would have been more entertaining than the ceremony itself – couldn’t resist a dig at so-called ‘woke lectures’ given by those at the ceremony.
Regina King kicked off the night with a powerful statement addressing both the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, including the verdict of Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd.
She said that had it ‘gone differently’ last week, she ‘may have traded in [her] heels for marching boots’.
Despite the moving speech, Piers was unimpressed and insisted the Oscars isn’t the place for such things.
‘The tragic truth is that the Oscars as we know it died last night,’ he added.
‘Woked to death by a craven collective desire from those involved to preach not entertain, to lecture rather than make us laugh, and to virtue-signal instead of perform.
‘Just when we all needed cheering up, and craved a dash of desperately needed escapism, the entertainment capital of the world tipped a gigantic barrel of misery-fluid out of screens to make us all feel just a little bit sadder.’
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