Neil Patrick Harris, made sure to open the Academy Award show with a bang, and well timed joke about Hollywood’s overwhelming diversity problem.
Well, he did say he wanted to outdo Ellen DeGeneres’ epic Oscars selfie, and he may have done that in the first 8 seconds of the show.
The audience looked on in shock as he joked:
“Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest.”
Neil Patrick Harris
The actor’s shot at the Academy should really come no surprise. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite began trending on Twitter shortly after the nominees were announced back in January, and judging by the reaction on Twitter last night, plenty of others thought he was right to call out this year’s Academy Awards.
The rest of his opening show, involved an epic sing-a-long with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, which was a heartfelt musical ode to Hollywood, with NPH inserting himself digitally on stage into movies like The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars and Ghost.