The Worst of the 2015 Academy Awards

Creepy John Travolta

What started as one of the best moments of the ceremony quickly turned into one of the worst. Idina Menzel presented with John Travolta, who famously screwed up her name the year prior. It was a nice burying of the hatchet, until Travolta started awkwardly touching her face for no reason.

Joan Rivers Missing From In Memoriam

Every year Hollywood pays tribute to the men and women who passed away in the last year. This year’s segment was different in that it was all drawings and there was no applause from the audience, which was tasteful. But someone is always missing. This year, it was Joan Rivers. Not only is she an icon, there was a documentary based on her life, she’s acted in films oh and she’s only the mother of the red carpet fashion show. How does she not get mentioned?

Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music Tribute

Lady Gaga singing The Sound of Music sounded amazing. Wow can she sing. But why was this part of the show? The 50th annivesary of the classic film, I understand, but it’s not like they do this every single year. Was it just because they knew they had a young, hip performer in Gaga? It was cool to bring Julie Andrews in at the end but to hand out Best Original Score? The whole thing felt forced.

Neil Patrick Harris’ Magic

Again, this was another good idea that went wrong. The show started with Neil Patrick Harris setting up a bit where his Oscar predictions were under lock and key on the side of the stage. It became a running joke all night leading up to the above moment. However, when you thought it was just going to predict the winners, he predicted specific moments he never could have known about. It was a magic trick and it just felt out of place and weird.

The Play Off Music

Ida wins Best Foreign Language film. Director Pawel Pawlikowski gets up to accept the award and the play off music starts. No matter. He just barrels through it. This is his moment and I think it was an awesome moment. It’s on the worst list because it shows that the play off music is intrusive, annoying and mostly pointless.

Sean Penn’s Weird Joke

“Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” Asks Sean Penn before giving Alejandro G. Inarritu the Oscar for Best Picture for Birdman. The two are friends, having worked together on 21 Grams, but the timing of the joke – at literally the biggest point of the night – was completely off.

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