Preliminary ratings for last night's 80th annual Academy Awards telecast indicate they were the least-watched ceremony ever - even 14% lower than the previous lowest year, according to Nielsen Media Research. "No Country for Old Men" won best picture and best director, British actor Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, but he was about the only name you might recognize from among the winners.
France's Marion Cotillard won best lead actress and the supporting actor and actress prizes went to Spain's Javier Bardem and British actress Tilda Swinton.
Hosted by Jon Stewart the Oscars this year were plagued by nominated films that the public didn't see. Other than that, the telecast played too many clips from GREAT films of the past 80 years, as well as EIGHT songs performed, three alone from "Enchanted".
How bad was it? Nielsen reported Monday that this year's Oscars were also 21 percent lower than last year, when "The Departed" was named best picture.The least-watched Oscars ceremony ever was in 2003, when there were 33 million viewers.