Neil Patrick Harris did the best he could given the poorly written emcee material of this year’s 87th Academy Awards. The showman nobly took one for the team, from song-and-dancing his way through an opening act straight out of the Tonys to going onstage in his birthday suit. (The cameras failed to catch him patting down his butt and nipples as he walked offstage.)
But in a recent Huffington Post interview, Harris subtly nixed our hopes (or fears) that he would return as Oscar host.
“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.” That sounds like a polite way of saying he didn’t much enjoy it.
He continued: “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.”
Do you think Neil Patrick Harris should return as this year’s Oscar host?