OSCARS COMEDY(?) Last night the unthinkable happened at the 87th Academy Awards—Neil Patrick Harris did a subpar job hosting an award show. From jokes that seemed amateurishly halfhearted to the unbearably unfunny locked predictions box bit that they kept trying to go back to over and over (and over and over...), it was a night of more comedic misses than hits. That said, NPH's opening number did once again prove a long-held Oscars truth: anytime they let Jack Black sing, it's basically a lock to be the funniest moment of the night.
MOVING & AWESOME The most moving moment of the night's festivities came in the form of John Legend and Common's performance of "Glory" from Selma. The stirring musical number had Chris Pine in tears, and soon after Legend and Common (errr...John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn) took home the award for Best Original Song and gave a pretty great acceptance speech.
For something to add a little more of a sugar rush pep to the start of your week, check out the pure insanity of Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island (plus Questlove, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, and Will Arnett as Batman) performing The Lego Movie's "Everything Is Awesome."
SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD WINNERS Thankfully, Twitter helped make up for the lack of actual jokes on telecast. Here are a couple of the better ones...
This show has been running so long that when it started I still liked Neil Patrick Harris.—Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) February 23, 2015
it should be the job of the biggest coolest hollywood guy to stand up and yell NERDS when they flash back to the tech awards—Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 23, 2015
WATCH & PONDER Enough with the Oscars, let's take a moment to get away from the glitz and glamour and find a more enlightened place. Taking us there will be America's top philosophical mind, Cooke Monster.
WATCH & LISTEN New Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up rule: If you make a music video with Bob's Burgers, you're going to be part of the rundown. Sleater-Kinney did just that with their new clip for "A New Wave," one of the best tracks on the group's return album No Cities to Love.