Things just keep getting better and better for Neil Patrick Harris.
After a hugely successful run on Broadway this year with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, plus hosting this year’s Tony Awards (where he won for Hedwig, don’t you know…), now comes the news that Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards.
From CBS News:
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Harris added. “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.”
Last year’s Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, was the most-watched Oscars of the past decade. The broadcast garnered 43 million viewers.
Harris shared the news on social media with the video below: