Neil Patrick Harris took on the crazy task of hosting the Oscars this year. The Oscars aren’t known for being all that “exciting” to begin with, so the odds were already stacked against him. He tried the best he could and received mixed reviews. He talked to the Huffington Post about the experience and shares whether he’d try to tackle it again.
Would he do it again? “I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it. It’s a beast. It was fun to check off the list, but for the amount of time spent and the understandable opinionated response, I don’t know that it’s a delightful balance to do every year or even again.”
What he thought of the negative feedback: “I didn’t keep up with it obsessively, but it was interesting to see just what people thought landed and didn’t. It’s so difficult for one who’s simply watching the show to realize just how much time and concession and compromise and explanation has gone into almost every single thing. Every joke. Wording of joke. Placement of joke. Canceling of joke. Embellishment for just one line. And I’m not saying that to defend everything I said as if it was the absolute best choice, but it’s also an award show, and you’re powering through 14 acts filled with 20 plus awards. So my job was to try and keep things as light and specific to this year’s set of films as possible. And if people are critical of that, it’s a big giant platform, so I would assume that they would be.”
What did you think of Neil’s hosting? I think the writers could’ve given him some better material, but he was far from the worst host (looking at you, James Franco). Who do you think should try it next year?
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