As Oscars host know the opening monologue is one of the most important part of the awards show, luckily for us Neil Patrick Harris didn’t disappoint last night. Opening with, “Tonight we honor the best and wittiest … I mean brightest.” He clearly was making a clear jab at the Oscar’s lack of diversity in this year’s nominees.
Harris’s hosting was not without its controversy after “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, directors Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry came on stage to accept the golden trophy, but it was Harris’ remark after her speech that has received a lot of attention on social media. Perry, who had dedicated the award to her 15-year-old son who committed suicide, was wearing a black dress complete hanging fur balls. Not one to miss an opportunity for a singer, Harris said, “It takes a lot of balls to wear that dress.” While he did receive a lot of laughs for the audience, social media thought the joke was insensitive since Perry had just dedicated the award to her late son.
Directors Dana Perry (left) and Ellen Goosenberg Kent (right) accepting golden trophy for best Documentary Short Subject
Harris’ parody of “Birdman” was dead on. When it appeared that Harris was late for his cue, the cameras tracked him down backstage, his robe caught in his dressing room door. Next you see him walking backstage in his underwear, just as Oscar nominee Michael Keaton did in the film “Birdman.” In only his tightie whities, Harris introduced the next presenters. Of course he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fiddle with his skivvies before walking off stage.
John Travolta couldn’t even escape Harris jabs, Travolta who had butchered the pronunciation of singer Idina Menzel’s name at last year’s Oscars, calling her “Adele Dazeem.” Harris jokingly said, Benedict Cumberbatch is what you get “when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck.”