The Academy Awards: 87th Oscars (2015)


87th Oscars
The Academy Awards

Critics Consensus

Awards season pro Neil Patrick Harris is uncharacteristically stilted during a sedate 87th Academy Awards that can't seem to grapple with controversy or execute a decent gag.



Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Feb 22, 2015

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 87th Oscars

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (10)

Harris has a ton of skills at his disposal, and has proven his skills as a host over and over again. Which is why it feels so genuinely weird, to be so disappointed by his performance.

Jan 30, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Honestly, Julianne Moore finally winning makes up for a lot, but between the Birdman of it all and the NPH of it all, there isn't a ton more to remember fondly.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, the 2015 Oscar broadcast was a sluggish affair that, fortunately, had enough memorable speeches and musical numbers to save it from being deemed a complete disaster.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

A star [Neil Patrick Harris] who had in every other setting appeared gleefully eager was, at the Oscars, glum and low energy.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Harris mastered the challenge of commanding the room, chumming up to folks in the front rows throughout the show, while speaking directly to movie-lovers at home.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

For all Harris's skill and charm, the show too often pushed him past his abilities. He's not a comedian capable of making something out of nothing, which is what the script too often gave him.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

This was a forgettable Oscarcast.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While Harris does a great job hosting the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards and even the TV Land Awards, the Oscars proved to be too much of a monster for even NPH to tame.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Neil Patrick Harris' debut turn as Oscars host was one of the most forgettable for years.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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The song-and-dance man failed to hit the mark with gags that fell flat and awkward interactions with the audience. Basically, he choked.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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