Toronto’s Sarah Poley brought home an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for a film she also directed, “Women Talking”

An overnight, estimated audience of 3,413,000 watched CTV’s broadcast of the 95th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night.

The Hollywood movie awards gala, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, drew an additional 1,153,000 to the red (or champagne) carpet pre-show on the Canadian broadcaster.

In the US, Fast National Live+Same Day data suggests 18.7 million viewers watched the 95th Academy Awards. That represents a 12 per cent lift over the previous year. The presence of a few blockbuster films in competition this year, including “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Top Gun Maverick,” likely helped widen the audience.

The award show did face stiff competition from the eighth and final episode of HBO’s The Last of Us, which drew and estimated 8.2 million overnight viewers on HBO and HBO Max

Two Toronto filmmakers took home awards Sunday Night. Sarah Poley won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for the film she also directed, “Women Talking.” And Daniel Roher won Best Documentary for “Navalny,” a film about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who was poisoned and now reportedly sits in solitary confinement in a Russian gulag.

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