If you asked fans of the Academy Awards to select their dream host for the night, answers would most likely be an even split between Tina Fey/Amy Poehler and Neil Patrick Harris. Half of you just got your wish.
Both the Golden Globes hosts, Fey and Poehler, and the Tonys/Emmys veteran Harris are proven commodities who also offer the allure of the unexpected. They know how to handle a live audience, and Harris certainly has plenty of stage experience between his hosting duties and Tony-winning turn on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Harris announced his new position via a link on Twitter to the video below, and released a statement with the Academy on his new hire.
“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,” Harris said. “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 are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “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.”
The hire marks two safe choices in a row for Oscar hosts. Last year, Ellen Degeneres was the pick, a likable figure who had hosted before in 2006, and one who offered little risk for a show coming off the controversial hiring of Seth MacFarlane a year earlier. Neil Patrick Harris is very much of the same vein. Audiences are familiar with him. His humor is sly without being scandalous. Plus, he can sing and dance, a staple of Oscar hosts sorely missing from years past.
The Oscars will take be held February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA. Take a look at Harris’ charming acceptance video below.