Orlando Sentinel

March 2 , 2016

by Hal Boedeker

Oscars: Chris Rock Helps Girl Scouts

Chris Rock did more for himself and the Girl Scouts than he could for the Academy Awards telecast

Did this year's Academy Awards seem like a better advertisement for Chris Rockthan the movies?

Rock enlivened Sunday's telecast with his take-no-prisoners observations about Hollywood and race.

He also did wonders for the Girl Scouts by promoting the organization's cookies. Rock gave the Girl Scouts $5.5 million in free advertising, the firm Joyce Julius & Associates told the media publication Digiday. The CEO of the Girl Scouts gave her sincerest thanks to Rock, the academy and the supportive celebrities.

But Rock could do less for the Oscars, which persist in giving 24 awards on the air. The ratings dropped 8 percent from last year.

There's clearly something wrong with an entertainment industry that fails to entertain. The awards portion turned so sluggish that Hollywood may want to rethink its big night. The show was better at putting people to sleep than celebrating movies.

Still, Oscar buffs will be happy to know that "45 Years," featuring best actress nomineeCharlotte Rampling, is opening Friday at the Enzian in Maitland. Rampling stars opposite Tom Courtenay in this drama about a long marriage shaken by tragic news...