Neil Patrick Harris Opens
The first-time Academy Awards host drew on his experience hosting the Tonys five times with a musical number that paid tribute to the art of film. "No one's drunk and bitter yet 'cause no one has lost," Harris sang as the camera flashed to nominee Benedict Cumberbatch drinking from a flask. The song also saluted Field of Dreams, Ghost, The Avengers, Star Wars and Risky Business, among others, and this year's nominees. An equally wide-eyed Anna Kendrick — reprising her role of Cinderella from Into the Woods — and a cynical Jack Black joined Harris for the opening.