This years Oscar awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris were absolutely hilarious to say the least. Harris combined his crazy gimmicks and Broadway style voice to keep the show humorous and upbeat. Of course the show opened with a Broadway style number, which included Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. The performance also included a back video that I personally thought was awesome. Dancing along with the screen behind him, NPH did a wonderful job of making his opening song beautiful and intriguing to the audience and the viewers at home.
As for awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and more went to the movie Birdman, staring Michael Keaton and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The Theory of Everything star and beautiful British man Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor, while Julianne Moore took home the award for Best Actress for her performance in Still Alice. Whiplash star J.K. Simmons took home Best Supporting Actor for his amazing work in that film and Boyhood star Patricia Arquette snagged the award for Best Supporting Actress.
A huge part of the show was the performance of the song “Glory” from the movie Selma by Common and John Legend. Not only was the audience brought to their feet, but they were brought to tears from the powerful overall piece. Backed by a gospel choir, the song stole the night for some of the audience, brining David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, to full tears.
Another powerful and possibly the most important moment in the show was the speech that Patricia Arquette gave after winning the award for Best Supporting Actress. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights, it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” she said during she speech. This comment brought even the one and only Meryl Streep to her feet, standing up and pointing at her in unity with what she was saying. It was a beautiful and proud moment for women in the audience and watching at home.
Lady Gaga always knows how to do it right for these awards shows. Not only did she show up on the carpet with Tony Bennett, she then took the stage by storm to perform songs from “The Sound of Music” in the most Gaga way possible.
A big issue people had with the Oscars this year was that during the In Memoriam segment of the show, well-known actress and queen of the red carpet Joan Rivers was not included. Many people, including other actors, went to twitter and other social media platforms to reveal how upset they were with it.
As for NPH, he did well making racey jokes saying that “the best and whitest” actors were in the audience, or coming out onto stage in his undies, but some places he fell flat. What was up with his predictions box? It was a funny bit the first time he made the joke, but to continue that up with the audience for the entire show was a bit too much. It got old the second time he mentioned it and I was disappointed with the idea. Also, the joke NPH made about American Sniper was maybe too much only because Chris Kyle’s, the Navy Seal the movie is based on, wife was in the audience at the time.
Overall, the show was funny, upbeat and gave away some prestigious awards to some fabulous movies from the past year. Unsure if NPH will be asked to host again next year, but congratulations to him on an overall great show!