Everything you need to know about Neil Patrick Harris’ performance at the Oscars 2015

The world expected great things from the How I Met Your Mother star - here's what he got up to on the big night...

While you were sleeping, Neil Patrick Harris was presenting the Oscars 2015. Here’s everything you need to know about the Gone Girl and How I Met Your Mother star’s performance as host of Hollywood’s starriest event…


The nudity 

Harris stood wearing only his pants on stage, leaving very, very little to the imagination. His de-robing was a tribute to a Birdman scene (best picture!) in which Michael Keaton ends up nearly naked in a crowd of people. “Acting is a noble profession,” Harris declared, standing practically nude at the most prestigious awards show of the year. This is the kind of bravery we like to see.

The jokes

He started off with a risqué (but spot-on) gag: “Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest— sorry I mean brightest…”

When CitizenFour, a film about Edward Snowden, won Best Documentary Harris said: “Edward Snowden could not be here tonight for some treason…”

There was also a very topical Fifty Shades joke as he introduced Dakota Johnson— “the reason you had to explain to your grandmother what a spanking bench is”.

The skits

Harris made Oscar predictions and said he’d show the world how good he was at guessing later on when the awards had been presented. He had them locked in a clear box and asked Octavia Spencer to keep an eager eye on the box to check it wasn’t tampered with… It was basically a Sherlock episode over there.

He also pretended he didn’t know who Steve Carell was, and asked him if he was a seat-filler. “Who’s the most famous person you’re looking forward to meeting tonight?” Harris asked. Naturally, Carell was a good sport and played along. 

The jazz hands

We hoped there’d be a good musical number because Harris is known for his singing— and there was.


He did a tuneful ode to the film industry, joined by Into The Woods’ Anna Kendrick – and Jack Black from the audience, who leapt onto the stage singing…”this industry’s in flux, it’s run by muckymucks… formulaic scripts, and after 50 shades they’ll all have whips…”