Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the 87th Oscars.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 15, 2014
In an official statement, which was released on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, Zadan and Meron said that they are thrilled to have Harris host the Oscars.
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement, as published on the award-giving body’s official page.
Harris, 41, teased fans by releasing a video tweet where he says “I'm in” over the phone and encircles “Hosting the Oscars” on a bucket list.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 15, 2014
Career-wise, 2014 has been a great year for the actor, who won a Tony Award for his role in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and appeared in the box office success “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck.
The actor also has considerable experience, having hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards in the past.
This year's Oscars was hosted by comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres. The show broke records by being the most-watched entertainment telecast in over a decade. The star-studded event drew 43 million viewers and earned a rating of 12.9 from audiences between 18-49 years old.
The 2014 telecast is best remembered for DeGeneres' Oscars selfie, which shows Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and other accomplished actors squeezed into the spectacular shot.
Hosting the Oscars is a daunting task for most celebrities. It has been reported that DeGeneres was initially reluctant to take on the role of host and refused to do so again for the 2015 ceremony. Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who hosted the 2011 rites, got slammed by critics and viewers for giving an “underpowered” performance. Franco also went on to say that the Oscars gig made him feel “trapped.”
The Oscars has been televised since 1953. It holds the distinction of being the oldest entertainments awards ceremony.
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