Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Oscars for the first time on February 22.
“[It] happened very randomly, at the end of the last week — [that it] was maybe a possibility and to sort of think about it over the weekend and see what happens,” Harris said when he initially learned of the potential offer. “And then we [got the] call yesterday.”
To announce the news, Harris tweeted a video of himself crossing “host the Oscars” off his bucket list.
Harris has hosted the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards and the Emmys twice. He has also won his fair share of awards including five Emmys and a Tony for his role as Hedwig in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” 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.”
Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO is also excited.
“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker, and collaborator,” Hudson said. “We can’t wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”
The 87th Academy Awards will air February 22 from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre.