Worst: The Prediction Box Gag
It was an attempt at a playing-the-long-game joke: Harris told the audience that he'd gone to PricewaterhouseCoopers — the firm that tabulates Oscars votes — last week and gave them his "Oscar predictions." A briefcase that held these speculations were then locked in a clear box, to be opened at the end of the night; the host even enlisted Octavia Spencer to keep an eye on it. But what started as a thin joke got even more threadbare as the evening wore on, with the callbacks to it feeling more than a little forced. By the time Harris finally opened the bag, the show was nearing the three-and-a-half hour mark — and the payoff was a weak series of jokes that would have been groan-worthy even if they weren't holding up the Best Picture announcement.