Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars in 2015

It has just been announced today that Neil Patrick Harris will host the upcoming Oscar Award ceremony in 2015. This will be his first time and follows recent hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Crystal.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) © 2011 New Line Productions

“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.

The show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were in charge of last two Oscars telecasts, said “We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” and went on to say, “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President said of Neil “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy.”

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Doodlie Howser MD – A much younger Neil Patrick Harris in the lead role ©1980 ABC

Neil Patrick Harris rose to fame as young doctor lead Doogie Howser MD in 1980s and currently can be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the movie Gone Girl.

Neil got Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations for his role on the tv series, How I Met Your Mother, and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on Glee in 2010.

He also recently starred in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on New York’s Broadway winning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Neil has hosted before for the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards.

Most recently, Neil wrote his autobiography Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.

Neil confirmed he is hosting Oscars with this amusing video 

In it, he gets off the phone and says “I’m in, Nice!” and then we see a ‘bucket list’ which includes ‘Saw a lady in half’, ‘Sleep in Cinderella’s castle’ and “Host the Oscars” which he circles.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 4pm ET/7 pm PT, Sunday, February 22, 2015. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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The Smurfs – Smurfette, Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), Grouchy and Clumsy Smurf © 2011 CTMG

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online