Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®. This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony. The show will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” Zadan and Meron said. “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 . . .
“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. “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.”
“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment, added. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”