2015 Oscars: a dull and formulaic affair

The 87th Academy Awards put on a predictably insipid show on Sunday, the dullness of which was only momentarily alleviated by musical performances and one or two inspired acceptance speeches.

Not even Neil Patrick Harris, a consummate entertainer with charisma to burn (not to mention a chiseled physique which, perhaps in a moment of desperation, he deployed in the third hour of the four-hour ma