How I Met Your Oscar? Neil Patrick Harris to host Academy Awards

2014-10-16 09:51

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Los Angeles – Actor Neil Patrick Harris, popular with younger TV viewers as the star of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, has been tapped to host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Harris (41) best known as Barney Stinson on the long-running series, has also hosted TV’s Emmy Awards. He has won three Emmys for hosting theatre’s Tony Awards.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is eager to draw a greater number of younger viewers to the TV broadcast of the 87th Oscars. The ceremony will be shown live to more than 200 countries from Los Angeles on February 22.

Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres emceed the ceremony this year, and drew the highest Oscars telecast audience in 14 years with 43.7 million tuning in.

DeGeneres poked fun at the powerful people in the room, her own sexuality, handed out pizza and took a star-studded selfie that set Twitter’s record for most retweets and briefly crashed the microblogging service.

Harris, who won a best actor Tony Award this year in Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, most recently co-starred in dark thriller and early Oscar contender Gone Girl.

“I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” Harris said.

“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.”

Harris helped break the announcement on Twitter with a video post showing him cheekily running down a “bucket list” of accomplishments before circling “Host the Oscars”.

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