In Defense of Neil Patrick Harris and the 2015 Oscars

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Many are being quick to criticize this year’s presentation of the Oscar Award Ceremony saying that the show was a snooze fest, boring, and many are quick to point the blame at host Neil Patrick Harris.

Many are concerned with the fact that the show went over too smoothly and nothing out of the ordinary happened or nothing controversial occurred on Sunday. This type of wanting and needing for shock and awe shows that the award show is being ignored for what it truly is, and that it’s a celebration of fine art.

As a society we should not be waiting for Kanye West to show up, so we can have something or someone to talk about. We should remember that the films presented should be focused on, not the actions of celebrities.

Photo By: The Oscars

Crisis communications expert and CEO of Selig Multimedia told FOX41, Glenn Selig, “The producers would love to think that the awards show is only about who wins an Oscar. But because there are only a handful of awards that the public really cares about, it’s the unscripted moments and reactions that usually make the headlines and what people talk about the next day. Without that sideshow, the Oscars seem canned.”

All of the movies showcased this year, “Birdman,” “Nightcrawler,” ”Selma,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Whiplash,” and “The Imitation Game’ were all movies that are able to stand the test of time. So why do we need to be bombarded by moments that take away from that?

Even Lady Gaga knew the importance and significance of the night as the artist usually dresses loudly and comment worthy. The young performer looked very chic and respectful while performing her tribute the Sound of Music .

Time Magazine went on to blame Harris for the lack of spark in Sunday’s ceremony saying, “Perhaps the only person who didn’t seem entirely prepared was Neil Patrick Harris… Harris had been pre sold as an expert live host, and yet seemed, befuddlingly, stymied by the exigencies of hosting. Whether it was his stumbling repeatedly over names or his truly uncomfortable segues, Harris seemed to violate the awards ceremony host’s mandate: first, do no harm. A star who had in every other setting appeared gleefully eager was, at the Oscars, glum and low energy.”

Harris kept the show on the road making subtle, yet loud jokes, while still appearing and remaining professional in front of his colleagues, a note that people need to look into before making these accusations that he made the show “boring.”

While the show was “boring” to most, some did point out some uplifting moment, in particularly when Graham Moore made his speech for the “Imitation Game” where he stated, “I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I am standing here. I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along.”

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY


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