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?
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.