Musical performances saved “The Oscars”

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

On Sunday Feb. 22, comedic actor and Broadway singer Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 86th Annual Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) and made people laugh when he came out in his tight underwear, satirizing a scene from “Birdman.”

Some scenes that went wrong with the Oscars were Harris’ suitcase joke, David Oyelowo’s bad joke involving the movie “Annie,” a comment about a dress that was probably funnier in Harris’ head, Reese Witherspoon’s boring introduction and a joke about Edward Snowden.

The comment that was better left in Harris’ head was when he said it took a lot of balls to wear that dress. It was bad because the woman who was wearing it was talking about her son’s death. Witherspoon’s introduction fell flat when Harris said she was so sweet that she could be eaten with a spoon. Finally, Harris said Snowden could not be at the show for some “treason.”

Senior Bryan Tigueros didn’t like the Oscars this year because he thought that Harris wasn’t as entertaining as the Oscars 2014 host, Ellen Degeneres. Trigueros also thought that the show could have been better if there were happier jokes.

The suitcase joke was about a suitcase with Harris’ Oscar predictions in it. He kept telling Octavia Spencer to watch the suitcase for the whole show and everyone expected the suitcase to disappear or do something.

Harris even enlisted the help of Robert Duvall and Eddie Redmayne, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, to make sure Spencer was watching it. In the end, nothing happened to the suitcase and it was a huge disappointment.

“I didn’t think Neil Patrick Harris was the best host,” said physics teacher Jessica Gutierrez. “I didn’t think he did a bad job, but I feel that previous hosts did a better job.”

However, the show did have redeeming qualities. All of the musical performances were superb and prevented the show from being a total debacle.

Harris’ opening number “Moving Pictures” was good with Jack Black and Anna Kendrick. In Harris’ monologue, he said that the Oscars was a night to celebrate the whitest stars, pointing out the fact that nobody from the film “Selma” got nominated for an Oscar in Acting.

The song “Glory” from the film “Selma,” sung by John Stephans and Loannie Lynn was great because it was full of emotion and they later won the Oscar for Original Song. Also Lady Gaga’s tribute to “The Sound of Music” was a great performance.

Another fantastic performance was the song “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” in which performers gave actors and actresses Lego Oscars. It would have been hilarious if Leonardo Di Caprio received a Lego Oscar because then he would finally have an Oscar of his own.

The speeches given by Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Alejandro Inarritu (“Birdman”), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons also saved the Oscars.

Redmayne’s speech was full of joy, Inarritu joked about how next year the government might put regulations on the Academy since he won two years in a row, Arquette’s speech was about equal rights for women and Simmon’s speech was about how everyone should call their parents because they will be gone eventually.

Even though this year’s Oscars had its ups and downs, I believe that the Academy of Motion Pictures will let Harris host again, but not any time soon.

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