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article imageNeil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

By Tim O'Brien     Oct 15, 2014 in Entertainment
He is no stranger to hosting gigs, but this will be his first time hosting the Oscars. It was announced today that Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards in 2015.
Harris has had plenty of hosting duties from the Emmy Awards to the Tonys, so it was only a matter of time before he was tabbed to host the biggest awards of them all - the Oscars. Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, made the announcement.
Said Harris, who chimed in on the history of the show and what it means. “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.
Members of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are, no doubt, happy with the choice of Harris as host. “Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO said in a statement. “We can't wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together,” she added.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President, noted that "he is the consummate entertainer." Plus, "Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration,” Issacs said.
On his Twitter feed, Meron noted it with this Tweet: we are so THRILLED that @ActuallyNPH will be our #Oscars host this year. Welcome to the #Oscars stage.
But in the more formal setting of the press release they noted. "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."
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences put it this way on their Twitter feed: We’re glad to help our new #Oscars host @ActuallyNPH cross another thing off his bucket list.
Harris himself announced the news via a video, in his style. The Oscars will be held in Hollywood on Feb. 22, 2015. It will be live from the Dolby Theater. Last year's telecast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres saw a ratings rise with 43 million viewers. That was the most-watched broadcast in 10 years.
Show business magazine Variety was the first to report it, but it spread fast. Not only has Harris hosted the Emmys and the Tonys, he is a recent Tony Award winner. He won for lead role in the "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
Perhaps Harris summed it up best. “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.”
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