"It's a great sandbox to work in." That's how Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris describes preparations for his upcoming duties in a new video released Monday by the Academy.
"It's a great sandbox to play in."
That's how Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris describes preparations for his upcoming duties in a new video released Monday by the Academy.
In the video, Harris talks about producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who are holding the reins of the show for the third consecutive year.
"So Neil and Craig have seen what didn't work in previous iterations. They're confident in what does work and they know why," Harris says in the video. "So they really want things that can only happen on the show — that you have to watch the show to see."
He also shares his preparations for the show.
"It's this shockingly long process of writing a single joke," he says.
Harris says that most don't realize how much prep work is needed.
"It's such a gigantic show," he says.
Here is the video:
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.