While watching the Oscars Sunday night, I had little to say or tweet. For the most part, it went rather smoothly (although host Neil Patrick Harris' ballot thing at the end kind of slowed the momentum building to Best Picture---not his fault). I assumed Monday morning I'd be reading about how NPH f***ing killed it.
I will never understand what people want from an awards host.
First, let me say, I'm not a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, but I thought he did an outstanding job, probably the best I've seen in years. The Oscars had all of the spectacle needed to make this event stand out from the rest. The set was beautiful, the musical performances were great. What more was there to ask for?
And as for the "lame jokes," aren't they always a little lame? They have to be. It's the Oscars. It's seen by millions of people around the world, so you can't be doing Dave Chappelle stand-up. You have to be family friendly. If NPH were edgy like Ricky Gervais, people would be bitching about the jokes.
Maybe it's the Facebook age, where no one is happy with anything (ever), but I feel like the scrutiny toward awards show hosts is more judgmental than ever. Short of Billy Crystal, I don't think any Oscar fans will open their hearts to another Academy Award host. Somehow, he became the only person allowed to do it. And yet, his schtick is EXACTLY what NPH emulated last night! (Songs! Dances!)
Of course, there are cases where the hosts are just downright awful (Anne and Franco). But even then, does anyone realize what a huge undertaking the Oscars is? It's like performing at the Super Bowl halftime show. Twice. For four hours.
Neil Patrick Harris kept me entertained and excited to celebrate what, quite frankly, I felt was a lackluster year in film, which is a tribute to his talents. I think if people can't be nice, we shouldn't be allowed to have an Oscar host anymore. Take him or her away like when the Grinch stole Christmas and see what people say. The Hos of Ho-ville will be pissed, and then they'll realize how good they had it with NPH. And maybe even Letterman. (Eh, probably not Letterman.)