Another year, another lengthy Oscar show. I’m your host for the Neil Patrick Harris Show. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, I promise I’ll try not to complain about films I didn’t like too much.
[All times are Pacific Time. Because I’m anal like that]
4:11pm – Just tuned in and Rosamund Pike’s dress has made me need to lie down.
4:18pm – Costumes montage! Better during the Red Carpet Show than during the Oscars themselves…
4:19pm – The hosts are discussing #askhermore. Which is the only thing other than dresses they’ll be discussing tonight.
4:24pm – Felicity Jones is wearing half an excellent dress. She’s also wearing half a shark.
4:27pm – Who’s the blonde Red Carpet host on ABC wearing the violently clashing pink dress? You had ONE JOB!!!
4:33pm – Julianne Moore is celebrating her guaranteed win by wearing a dress that resembles a veritable oyster holocaust of pearls.
4:35pm – This 50 Shades of Grey banter with mum and daughter Melanie and Dakota is like my dad explaining proper condom use to me awkward.
4:42pm – Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are here to make everyone else seem unlikable. Deal with it.
4:43pm – Benedict Cumberbatch is dressed as Sean Connery as James Bond. Classy fuck.
4:45pm – Holy shit Lupita Nyong’o is LITERALLY wearing the oyster holocaust dress! I spoke was too soon.
4:47pm – Team Oscar 2015. Nope.
4:50pm – ABC are now just stealing celebrity Instagram accounts for content now. I guess that stops them from having to #askhermore…
4:50pm – This Aveeno ad is the only appearance Jennifer Aniston will make at the Oscars tonight.
4:55pm – J-Lo’s doing that thing where we can see so much cleavage it’s barely even cleavage any more. It’s just torso.
4:58pm – In tonight’s episode of Oscars, the role of Sex Goddess will be played by Scarlett Johansson.
5:07pm – Ethan Hawke looks younger than when Boyhood started. Naomi Watts looks like the world’s most incredibly beautiful garden wall.
5:20pm – Lady Gaga is doing The Sound of Music tribute. I assume she’s dressing up as sexy Rolf.
5:24pm – Only 6 minutes until the show and Chris Evans has already been mildly humiliated.
5:30pm – OK here we go there’s a show on or something!
5:31pm – Neil Patrick Harris just went right for it with an #OscarsSoWhite gag!
5:34pm – A few too many recent movies in NPH’s Moving Pictures song, but man it’s so good. And look, here’s Anna Kendrick and Jack Black!
5:37pm – Can we please bring back “moving pictures” as the term for films? Please?
5:39pm – Neil Patrick Harris nails it, the Oscars are a good time to remind ourselves we all love the movies.
5:40pm – Best Supporting Actor is up first. Gotta be a straight-up J.K. Simmons win.
5:43pm – And here’s J.K. Simmons! A huge ovation from the get-go! A witty and heartfelt speech. Great start to the night.
5:45pm – Neil Patrick Harris is doing an over-elaborate bit about his Oscar predictions and I’m loving it all.
5:48pm – Why is Liam Neeson introducing Grand Budapest Hotel. AND American Sniper?
5:50pm – Dakota Johnson deers-in-headlights her introduction of Adam Levine singing a song from Begin Again.
5:56pm – Neil Patrick Harris makes a gag on the huge swag bags at Oscars, just a week after John Oliver revealed how excessive they are.
5:58pm – Grand Budapest Hotel takes Best Costume, well deserved, even I will say.
6:00pm – Makeup time. Surely Guardians of the Galaxy.
6:02pm – Grand Budapest Hotel wins! I’ll allow it for sure (as much as I dislike that movie).
6:04pm – Channing Tatum looks like an Oscar with a goatee.
6:10pm – Best Foreign Language time. I think Polish should win. I mean Ida.
6:11pm – “This is the fourth Oscar and 10th nomination for POLAND.” Glad to see the entirety of Poland is a filmmaker now.
6:12pm – He just broke the orchestra!
6:14pm – Birdman, Boyhood and Theory of Everything introduced together. One of those films does not have a chance of winning.
6:16pm – Neil Patrick Harris is flirting with the seat-fillers. Kinda cute.
6:18pm – The Lego Choir begins a chorus of Everything Is Awesome. Nice!
6:19pm – Was that Will Arnett in a Batman suit singing DARKNESS?!?
6:20pm – That was the greatest thing I have ever seen.
6:25pm – Here are the shorts! I have no contributions to make! Everyone’s a winner!
6:26pm – Best Live Action Short is The Phone Call! I’m told it had famous people in it! Hooray!
6:30pm – Best Doc Short goes to Crisis Hotline. Important theme for sure. But really I think the producers are winning for those dresses!
6:32pm – Lifetime achievement award for Ohio Miyazaki, this year’s Japanese Adele Dazeem.
6:33pm – Miyazaki, Carrière, Belafonte and O’Hara. Those are some solid champions of cinema.
6:35pm – David Oyelowo vindicated for not having a nomination with a good gag and the world’s awesomest tux.
6:36pm – Country music! Country music is a thing! It’s at the Oscars! So it must be a thing!
6:37pm – This is nice, unless the stage falls down I don’t need to tweet anything for the next 4 minutes.
6:43pm – Elongated Birdman sketch in front of 1 billion viewers is pretty damn special.
6:44pm – Miles Teller and Margot Robbie are attractive people who are attractive and I hope they have beautiful babies together.
6:45pm – Sound Mixing. Who knows where this will go? Who did I even guess it’d go to?
6:47pm – Whiplash wins! Unexpected but wonderful.
6:49pm – OK now Sound Editing. Um… Birdman, right?
6:49pm – American Sniper draws blood. This is mixing the night up a good deal.
6:51pm – Neil Patrick Harris is the Duke in Burgundy.
6:52pm – Jared Leto looking like a homeless man in a tux is here to present Best Supporting Actress.
6:54pm – Patricia Arquette has it and it’s most deserved! First win for Boyhood. More to come…
6:56pm – Patricia Arquette shoots out a rapid-fire thanks to everyone including I hope me.
6:56pm – Plus bonus income equality declaration!
7:01pm – I hear good things about Beyond the Lights, but I remain very unsold on this song by Rita Ora.
7:03pm – Chloe Grace Moretz wheeled out an Andy Samberg mannequin to present Best Special Effects.
7:05pm – Best Special Effects goes to Interstellar. Hardly undeserved, though I was hoping for Guardians.
7:06pm – I am finally seeing Anna Kendrick’s dress and it’s magical.
7:07pm – Best Animated Short goes to… Feast! It’s so cute and I love it I want a puppy now. Maybe I should call my mum and ask for one.
7:10pm – Best Animated Feature is being presented by Zoe Saldana and The F’ing Rock! So much beauty and charisma.
7:10pm – I’m gonna cry and rage when How to Train Your Dragon 2 wins.
7:11pm – Big Hero 6 wins! Disappointed for Kaguya. But so happy HTTYD2 bit it hard.
7:19pm – The President of the Academy is asking us to be excellent to each other.
7:20pm – So many Chrises at this year’s Oscars. I’d argue… too many?
7:21pm – Production Design. Even I feel Grand Budapest Hotel should walk away with this one…
7:23pm – Grand Budapest Hotel gets it. Some nice short speeches there.
7:24pm – Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain ARE Cinemtography.
7:26pm – Emmanuel Lubezki wins for a second year running! The work on Birdman was incredible, very rebellious cinema. Bravo!
7:31pm – Meryl Streep is here to make us feel very sad…
7:36pm – Can’t decide if I like this water colour style of presenting the in memoriam. But man it’s all so moving… Bob Hoskins. Sigh…
7:43pm – Cumberbatch and Watts sounds like a political talk show. Awards for Editing now.
7.44pm – Whiplash takes Editing over Boyhood! Very deserved, but a real blow to Boyhood’s chances tonight…
7.48pm – Terrence Howard is announcing Whiplash and Selma. That’s the last of our big contenders this year. Home straight ahead.
7.50pm – Best Documentary. Citizenfour kinda needs to win this.
7:52pm – Citizenfour wins! So deserved, a remarkable work of journalism and presenting of complex information.
7:53pm – Dammit, Neil Patrick Harris just made my “Edward Snowden can’t be here tonight” joke as I was typing it!
7:58pm – OK, here’s Glory. It’s kind of a quality tune.
7:59pm – A huge recreation of the bridge scene from Selma for this performance. Pretty damn impressive staging.
8:01pm – What happens when they reach Common? Will they push him off the stage?!
8:03pm – Oprah drying David Oyelowo’s tears away after Glory is undoubtedly the sweetest moment of the night.
8:05pm – Idina Menzel and John Travolta just made up on stage! It was so fun until he started touching her face…
8:06pm – After a few great performances, Best Song goes to John Legend and Common for Glory! Properly deserved. Everything is still awesome
8:09pm – The audience had a moment of “do we clap?” when Common mentioned more black men being in prison now than enslaved in 1850. Eep.
8:13pm – I don’t want Scarlett Johansson to stop talking. Don’t show me The Sound of Music!
8:15pm – Is the colour timing all off on these Sound of Music clips?
8:16pm – Lady Gaga is doing a decent Julie Andrews here. But still, this is pretty bland staging so far…
8:18pm – No not Edelweiss, it’s a lovely song! But we’ve been here three hours!
8:20pm – Julie Andrews comes out to anoint Lady Gaga as the new Julie Andrews. That’s nice. For a while we have two now.
8:22pm – Julie Andrews morphs Sound of Music banter into a Best Score chat.
8:24pm – Alexandre Desplat wins Best Score, but for Grand Budapest Hotel rather than Imitation Game. I’d have given it for the other.
8:24pm – With all these wins, is Grand Budapest Hotel in the running for Best Picture again?
8:30pm – Hey it’s Norbitt star Eddie Murphy!
8:30pm – Eddie Murphy did not sound committed to that spiel at all.
8:32pm – Birdman wins Best Original Screenplay, which is pretty deserved (if we forget the final scene).
8:34pm – Oprah presents Best Adapted Screenplay. Could go anywhere…
8:35pm – Imitation Game wins… Sometimes it’s the film you didn’t imagine could be the film that wins the thing you didn’t imagine.
8:37pm – “Stay weird” says Graham Moore, writer of The Imitation Game. He said lots of other stuff but that’s basically it.
8:42pm – Ben Affleck to announce Best Director. This is a big decider…
8:43pm – Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director! Biggest surprise of the night so far!
8:44pm – Iñárritu’s underwear smells like balls right now.
8:46pm – That makes it look like Birdman for Best Picture. Unless we get a third director/picture split in a row.
8:48pm – Cate Blanchett looks like a druid. I mean that in a good way!
8:51pm – And now Best Actor goes to… Eddie Redmayne! Truly deserved. Shame for Keaton, but a genuinely fair trade-off.
8:53pm – Redmayne holds his tears back so awkwardly it is truly endearing in a way that only happens at the Oscars every few years.
8:54pm – Hey look Matthew McConaughey has Bradley Cooper’s beard from American Sniper!
8:55pm – Hey if Julianne Moore doesn’t win does the earth collapse in on itself?
8:57pm – Julianne Moore wins Best Actress for Still Alice. I hear good things, but I daresay I know no one who’s seen it.
9:00pm – The audience reaction shots during Julianne Moore’s speech were very strange indeed. Her husband taking a photo was the oddest.
9:02pm – Neil Patrick Harris’s briefcase gag has surprisingly played off. A little bit of magic goes a long way.
9:03pm – Sean Penn is mumbling something. Is the show over yet?
9:05pm – Birdman takes Best Picture. I’m happy enough with it, but coulda done without that green card crack by Penn beforehand.
9:09pm – Well that’s it for this year. Some big surprises, overall an entertaining show. Strong final note for the ‘immigrant nation” from Iñárritu.
And we’re done folks, thanks for sticking with me!