All the glitz, glamour and star power of the Oscars could not save this year's awards show from taking a beating in the ratings.
The predictability of the winners plus the relative lack of mass-appeal movies among those nominated probably contributed to the viewership numbers but it seems audiences and critics are also slamming this year's host.
Although Neil Patrick Harris has been highly praised for his presenting skills at both the Tony Awards and the Emmys, the funny-man couldn't seem to hit the mark at this year's Academy Awards.
He gained quite a few laughs walking on stage in his underwear, but Harris' other jibes and puns received lukewarm reactions.
Many disapproved of him joking about producer Dana Perry's dress immediately after she had dedicated her award for Best Documentary Short Subject to her son who had committed suicide.
Critics have called him out for being awkward and cringe-worthy, noting the times when the audience simply did not react to his one-liners.
The actor himself took to Twitter on Tuesday, after reviews bombed his performance, to comment on the show, saying "My iphone shattered the morning of the Oscars. I probably should have read more into that. #harbinger"
Viewers also took to Twitter to air their views on the matter and while some applauded the comedian's efforts, many agreed with the critics that Harris choked.
Here are some positive and negative reactions to Harris' hosting of the 2015 Academy Awards.
"Tonight we honor our best and whitest- *brightest" I love Neil Patrick Harris
— Nathan Zed (@TheThirdPew) February 23, 2015
Enjoying the @ActuallyNPH hosted Oscars with Mrs. Donttrythis. Neil is a lesson in professionalism. Can he just host all future award shows?
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) February 23, 2015
— Naomi Snieckus (@snieckus) February 23, 2015
— AdamA (@AdamTweetsBest) February 23, 2015
— DC Stone (@DCStoneauthor) February 23, 2015
When none of your jokes are funny so you gotta take off your clothes to entertain us. I see you, Neil Patrick Harris.
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) February 23, 2015
I DO NOT like Neil Patrick Harris hosting. "You're a seat filler?" So condescending.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) February 23, 2015
— Kanishk Devgan (@KdDevgan) February 23, 2015
It's nice that Neil Patrick Harris asked 4-yr olds and seniors to write his jokes. #NPHfail
— Mike Bendixen (@mikebendixen) February 23, 2015
The only thing that wasn't predictable about this #Oscars was how bad NPH was.
— Tess Malone (@temalone) February 23, 2015
They need to let this Octavia Spencer, box watching gag a rest because it is not working.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 23, 2015
David Oyelowo's reaction to one of Harris' jokes has been turned into a gif that basically sums up everyone's reaction to the Oscars.
Harris, wanting to test if things really sounded better when said in a British accent, got Oyelowo to participate in a gag. The Oscars host set up the joke saying, "This year, we said goodbye to some beloved movie franchises," and let the Selma star deliver the punchline, "We saw the last ever Hobbit movie, the last ever Night at the Museum movie, and the last-ever attempt to remake Annie."
After some awkward laughter, Oyelowo didn't need words to express what he thought of the joke.