The Oscars are history and now that the night’s biggest movers and shakers have finished patting themselves on the back, it’s time to move on into the movie season where the majority of the movie-going populace cares about. But first, here’s a look at my biggest takeaways from Oscar night.
Neil Patrick Harris helped us all appreciate Ellen a lot more
Hosting The Oscars must truly be a nerve-wracking experience and it’s clearly not for everyone. While Neil Patrick Harris didn’t crawl into a snarky shell of self-awareness like the infamous James Franco experience a few years back, his hosting duties were less than legendary consisting mainly of politely received jokes and a few ill-timed puns. In general, he came across too much like a host trying to entertain the stars and the audience and doing neither all particularly well.
It’s why Ellen DeGeneres is such a widely-loved host of Hollywood’s big night. The moment never felt too big for her and her likability translates for both the stars and the audience. She’s not trying to be funny, she’s just about having a good time. This year’s show truly needed a completely unexpected, but awesome moment like the celebrity selfie shot. Lupita Nyongo’s brother had his front row seat and was all set for it!
NPH’s secret ballot bit became a running joke throughout the show and the payoff, while cute, was too underwhelming considering how often it was referenced.
It was a commendable attempt with NPH, but next year, let’s either get Ellen back or find someone who will leave viewers buzzing for more than their “Birdman” homage scene.