Neil Patrick Harris to host the Academy Awards
Neil Patrick Harris is not just one of those multi-hyphenate performers who could conceivably win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — he could also be the first to possibly score an EGOT through hosting.
The actor has signed on to emcee the upcoming Academy Awards, following his lively stints as host of two Emmy broadcasts and four Tonys, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan confirmed to EW.
The Oscars take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, but it won’t be his first time on the stage. Harris led a song-and-dance routine to open the show in 2010, when Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosted.
Harris posted his own announcement in a video from his Twitter account, finally crossing the “Host the Oscars” item off his bucket list (all of which seem legit):
This will be the third consecutive year with Zadan and Meron as producers, and Harris follows previous hosts Seth MacFarlane and Ellen Degeneres.
Their tenure behind the scenes has come with a boost in ratings for the show, which saw ratings rise 6% last year with Degeneres as host, scoring 43 million viewers and a 12.9 rating among adults 18-49. It was the most-watched entertainment broadcast in 10 years.
But that puts the pressure on NPH: How is he going to top “The Selfie”?