Watch the video he later posted to Instagram below:
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While it won't be the first time we've seen him at the Oscars, this will be Harris' first time hosting the ceremony. The show will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.
Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times and won a Tony himself for "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" this year. He currently appears in David Fincher's new film "Gone Girl."
He spoke with Terry Gross in an interview this week on "Fresh Air." He spoke about hosting the Tonys, along with writing his new memoir, which came out Tuesday.
Take a listen:
As for the Oscars, everyone at the Academy is excited.
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, 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," said Harris, in a statement. "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."
“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, in a statement. “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”
“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, in a statement. “We can't wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that last year's host Ellen DeGeneres passed on returning as host and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was approached, but turned it down.
|A screenshot from Harris' video|
with "Host the Oscars" on his bucket list.
The 87th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2014, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.