I KNEW this day would come!!! Neil Patrick Harris, host of all hosts has agreed to lead the charge at the 87th Academy Awards. The Tony and Emmy award winning actor, singer and performer has also hosted both of those ceremonies multiple times to wide acclaim, and he appeared in the opening musical number for the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. This will be the first time that Harris would host the Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are returning to oversee the telecast for the third year. Last year’s Oscars hosted by Ellen DeGeneres was the most watched ceremony — and the most watched entertainment programming period — in a decade, with 43 million viewers.
Harris, meanwhile, is having quite a month. Gone Girl, in which he has a pivotal role has been the No. 1 film at the U.S. box office two weekends in a row. And Harris released his autobiography, Choose Your Own Autobiography, on Tuesday.
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards,” Harris said in an official Academy release confirming the news. “I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. 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.”
I kind of predicted that this would happen. In 2011 I interviewed Harris for the film, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas and asked him point blank when we were going to see him host the Oscars. Watch the video below to find out what he told me back then!