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Watch: Neil Patrick Harris Just Called Out Hollywood's Diversity Problem, And It Was Perfect

Not to mention an amazing song and dance with Anna Kendrick.

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 2015 Oscars, and his opening number was nothing if not -- dare we say it -- legen....wait for it...dary. LEGENDARY.

(Sorry, we had to.)

But for real, NPH opened the show with a bang -- and a joke about Hollywood's overwhelming diversity problem.

"Welcome to the 87th Oscars," he said, taking the stage in a black tux. "Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest."

We see what you did there, Neil. Point. Taken.

Timely humor aside, Harris blew us away with a heartfelt musical ode to Hollywood and filmmaking, inserting himself digitally on stage into movies like "The Wizard of Oz," "Star Wars" and "The Avengers." Oh, and, uh. The pottery scene in "Ghost." As one does.


The Beatles were right when they said we get by with a little help from our friends. When your friends are Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, you more than get by. Kendrick, dressed in her Cinderella costume from this year's "Into the Woods," joined Harris in his tribute to Hollywood, "Moving Pictures," which was written by "Frozen" songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Together, the duo musically hailed what Harris dubbed, "the joy of pretending," with Kendrick quickly interrupting, "With such happy endings, except in 'Gone Girl' when that lady slit your throat."

"Uh, spoiler alert," Harris responded. (Don't worry, that movie came out so long ago. If you didn't know by now, you deserve to be spoiled.)

Not to be outdone, Black emerged from the audience, rapping a retort to the tune of "The Witch's Rap" from "Into the Woods."

"STOP!" he shouted from his seat. "This is what you sound like: 'movies, movies, wow, they rock.' It’s market trends and fickle friends and hollywood baloney, believe me, Neil you’re better off just polishing your Tony."

Sick burn, bruh, but negativity will not be tolerated at this year's awards, even if it is in the form of a tribute to Bernadette Peters that we never even knew we needed until we got it.

After Black was banished from the stage, a dancing chorus of Stormtroopers, princesses (Kendrick included), snipers and more backed up Harris for the conclusion of "Moving Pictures."

Consider us moved.

Harris thanked all those involved in the year's nominated pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and after dropping the now-routine "Oprah is rich" joke, bid the show to begin.

Like we said: legend... no need to wait for it because the Oscars are finally here! ... dary. Legendary.

After the performance, Kendrick shared this charming-as-anything behind the scenes pic of her and Black: