He’s hosted the Emmys and the Tonys and now he’ll host the Oscars. The Academy has tapped Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Academy Awards to be held on February 22, 2015. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers after having led the Oscars to their biggest ratings in years with the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards broadcasts, but the 2015 Oscars will mark the first time Harris has handled the hosting gig.
Harris is currently on the big screen in Gone Girl and recently published his autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. He’s won four Emmys and a Tony Award, and has earned four Golden Globe nominations as well as winning the Critics’ Choice TV Award for his work on How I Met Your Mother.
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”
“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”
-By Rebecca Murray
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