Neil Patrick Harris Promises an Oscars Show Where “Anything can happen”

Credit: ABC

With this year’s Oscar nominations announced this week, it comes as no surprise that we have a new Academy Awards promo from Neil Patrick Harris. Most recently seen in the January 7 and 14 episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show as travelling salesman, ventriloquist and wanna-be magician, it appears that he has learnt a trick or two in movie making illusion, which he has brought to this latest promo.

Polishing what looks like an enormous Oscar statuette (think the size of the statues that often bracket the stage during the ceremony) with the assistance of a ladder, as the promo progresses we soon learn that not everything is as it seems to be. As Harris reflects, on Oscars night, “anything can happen”.

The promo is the latest in a string that have previously revolved around Christmas and the New Year (I’m still waiting for the Valentine’s Day one… only a few weeks now), could this be a nod to his Freak Show role?

Credit: FX

This year’s nominations champion the indie film, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the nominations. However, much criticism has been leveled at the Academy voting members for the all-white acting nominations (the first time since 2011 and only the second in two decades), and the snub of director Ava DuVernay, though her film Selma was nominated for Best Film.

The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, take place on Sunday, February 22 and will be screened live on ABC from 7pm ET.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. In addition to 4YE, she has previously worked at PopWrapped as a Managing Editor and the UK's Kennel Gazette as an Editorial Assistant. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works promoting and advocating for the Arts, Social Science and Humanities sector in Australia and New Zealand. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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