Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) (John Shearer)

Watch Neil Patrick Harris' musical opening act "Moving Pictures"

And Benedict Cumberbatch with a flask

Sarah Gray
February 23, 2015 7:44AM (UTC)

Host Neil Patrick Harris began the Academy Awards with an extravagant musical number. And if you have watched him host the Tony Awards, you may have been anticipating -- eager or not -- an excess of "jazz hands." Harris did not disappoint.

He was joined by Jack Black and Anna Kendrick to sing "Moving Pictures," which was written by the Academy Award winning writers of "Frozen's" theme "Let It Go."


If you missed the song-'n-dance routine -- or just want to watch Benedict Cumberbatch snarling with a flask -- watch below:

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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