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Neil Patrick Harris gets mixed response for his hosting stint at Oscars 2015

Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the song-and-dance heavy Oscars 2015, had the critics and audience divided despite his onstage walk in undies.

By: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles |
February 23, 2015 3:37:23 pm
Neil Patrick Harris, Oscars 2015, 87th Academy Awards Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the song-and-dance heavy 87th Academy awards for the first time, had the critics and audience divided despite his onstage walk in undies.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the song-and-dance heavy 87th Academy awards for the first time, had the critics and audience divided despite his onstage walk in undies. (See Pics Rita Ora, Heidi Klum show some serious skin at Vanity Fair Party)

Harris opened the 87th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatres, Los Angeles with a song and dance number instead of a monologue.

During the opening number, Harris performed “Moving Pictures” with Anna Kendrick, who reprised her role as Cinderella in “Into the  Woods”. They were joined by Jack Black who performed “The Rap” which was Meryl Streep’s song in the movie. (Pics of Best Dressed at Oscars Red Carpet)

The host, addressed on Twitter as NPH, introduced every single presenter with some kind of silly joke or pun and while some hit home others failed to induce laughter. (Worst Dressed beauties at Oscars Red Carpet)

In the very beginning, he took a jibe at Oscars’ lack of diversity amid threats from civil rights leaders to boycott the Oscars. “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. Sorry — brightest,” Harris quipped, receiving gasps and laughter.

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Seeing his funny antics on ‘whites’, an user wrote, “NPHpokes fun at too many white people at the Oscars… While being a white guy at the Oscars. That’s a tiny bit cheap.”

The 41-year-old actor stunt of stripping down to his undergarment could not match up to last year’s host Ellen Degeneres’ internet breaking selfie. The undie stunt was an obvious reference to Micheal Keaton’s similar scene in “Birdman”.

“I’m a massive NPH fan but I felt he didn’t have support of the audience like Ellen did last year. shame,” a Twitter user wrote.

Harris, who presented Tonys and the Emmys, even forced “Selma” star David Oyelowo to read the punchline of a tired joke about the “Annie” remake. It did not get any laughs, and even Oyelowo signaled that he thought the joke was mediocre, sparking instant memes online.

The actor made a joke about a winner’s death immediately after she dedicated her win to her son, who committed suicide. The ill-timed joke did not go well with many.

“NPH shredding that woman’s outfit, immediately following her referencing her son’s suicide, was ALL CLASS. #Oscars2015,” a viewer wrote on Twitter.

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