Neil Patrick Harris is still buzzing about being asked to host the Oscars in 2015. The multi-talented star has hosted the Emmys four times and the Tonys twice. He is fresh off a Tony win himself for his role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.
"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, in a statement. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps ofJohnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."
The Oscar producers are just as thrilled as Harris is. They also issued a statement.
“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. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”
Harris is keenly aware that he will be watched closely to see if he brings anything fresh to his Oscars gig. He says he wants to make sure it’s not “derivative of other shows that I’ve done," and adds, "It'll be interesting to figure out how to make it movie-centric."
Harris said he wants to make sure his humor as a host is not mean-spirited or difficult for those celebrities in attendance. He praised what Seth Meyers did with his own Emmys hosting chance in that regard.
“It wasn’t mean,” he said of Meyers’ style. “It wasn’t jokes about people who were sitting there hoping they’d win, and are nervous about what they’d say.
"I also want to make sure it’s just a classy event. I really love what Billy Crystal brought to that table. I really loved his skill set ... He was able to be so respectful and classy and sharp and yet still funny.”
For the 2014 Oscars, Harris praised Ellen Degeneres’ hosting performance.
"I thought Ellen was great. I was watching the show, anticipating some big opening number, and then she just walked out and told some jokes, and brought everyone down in a casual way. It was lovely.”