Neil Patrick Harris’s First Promo for the 87th Academy Awards [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Neil Patrick Harris’s First Promo for the 87th Academy Awards [WATCH VIDEO]
Neil Patrick Harris at a ceremony for Harris to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011./Angela George

The Oscars are right around the corner, and Neil Patrick Harris has appeared in a Christmas promotional video for the prestige event.  Harris, 41, can be seen standing next to a golden statuette. Read on for further details of this event.

The versatile actor, writer, producer, director, magician, comedian and singer’s hosting experience includes hosting the Emmy Awards twice and Tony Awards four times.  He has been recognized with his skill in hosting for several times. In the clip, the “Gone Girl” actor tries to convince spectators to give something special this Christmas to their dear ones, like spread the word about the Oscars at their holiday gatherings rather than distributing conventional gifts.

"This holiday season, give your family a gift they'll never forget. Instead of traditional presents, give them the gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars," says Harris in the clip. Harris was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010.  He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011. Harris is best known for playing Barney Stinson in hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards.  

As a child star, he played the title character in Doogie Howser, MD (1989–1993). He is also known for his role as the title character in Joss Whedon's musical “Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog” and a fictional version of himself in the “Harold & Kumar” film series (2004–2011). He has also appeared in the films “Starship Troopers” (1997), “Beastly” (2011), “The Smurfs” (2011), “The Smurfs 2” (2013) and “Gone Girl” (2014).

Past Oscar’s hosts include Ellen DeGeneres, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman and Billy Crystal.The 87th Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Films expected to earn Oscar nominations include “The Theory of Everything,”  “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman” and “Boyhood.”

The 87th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC.

Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) as we keep you posted on the 87th Academy Awards. Check out the video below:

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Angela George



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