Snyder: Oscar night offered some fun but few surprises

February 24, 2015 4:51 AM

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First-time host Neil Patrick Harris was mostly entertaining — opening with a witty musical number that was interrupted by Jack Black in a Kanye-esque comedy bit and finishing up with a magic trick involving his Oscar predictions. And he’s perhaps the only person who could get away with this joke: “This next actress is so yummy, you could eat her with-a-spoon …” while introducing Reese Witherspoon.

If there weren’t any heart-stopping high points, there also weren’t long stretches of tedium. (Though a few nips and tucks could have easily trimmed the running time, which nearly reached four hours.)

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