What the Critics Say on Neil Patrick Harris as Oscars 2015 Host

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
What the Critics Say on Neil Patrick Harris as Oscars 2015 Host

Oscars 2015 has finally wrapped up, with awesome performances to boot such as Lady Gaga’s tribute to “The Sound of Music,” Anna Kendrick, Rita Ora, John Legend, among others. The prestigious award-giving event was held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. Read on to find out what the critics think about Harris’ hosting gig.

Harris hosted Tony Award four times, while the Emmys two times. This was his first time hosting the Oscars, and the critics could not help but compare how he fared during his previous hosting gigs.


Harris did a parody of “Birdman” and Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times noted that there was really no humor in Harris’ act, just bravado.

“The political speeches were somber, but they turned out to be more lively and bracing than any of Mr. Harris’s skits,” wrote Stanley in her review.

Meanwhile, USA Today’s Robert Bianco mentioned in his review how Harris was not capable of coming up of something out of nothing or “getting audience members to save a joke for him in the way that Ellen DeGeneres could.”

The Telegraph’s Geraldine Cooper pointed out the lack of an attention-grabbing moment, such as Ellen DeGeneres famous selfie.

“Some of his jokes fell flat, but the moment when he walked on stage dressed only in a pair of underpants – referencing a scene in Birdman – was a definite hit,” Cooper wrote.

Emily Yahr of The Washington Post referred to Oscars 2015 as something that Harris cannot host.

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