02/22/2015 08:47 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris Opens Oscars With Spectacular Ode To 'Moving Pictures'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't provide his voice to Disney's "Frozen," but at Sunday's Oscars he got to do the next best thing: sing a song co-written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo behind "Frozen" hit "Let It Go." Called "Moving Pictures," the track was a tribute to Hollywood, and included appearances from Jack Black and Anna Kendrick. Benedict Cumberbatch and Oprah Winfrey were also included in the bit.

As were Darth Vader:

And a pretty great "Gone Girl" joke:

"We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year's show we said, 'Yes!' before he could finish the sentence –- it's possible he may have been asking us for something else," Lopez and Anderson-Lopez said in a statement back in January. "We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song."

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were also excited about "Moving Pictures." "YouTube, get ready!" they said in a statement.

The advanced enthusiasm was not unwarranted. The opening was well-received on social media. Here's Steve Martin.



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