Neil Patrick Harris confirms in video that he's next Oscars host

by Kurt Schlosser /  / Updated 

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Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015, he confirmed via a video he tweeted out on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old actor, who has previously hosted the Emmy Awards and the Tonys, is shown on a cell phone in the video in which he simply says, "I'm in" and then, "Nice."

The camera then pans across a notepad with NPH's Bucket List at the top of the page. The list of checked-off items includes such tasks as jump out of a plane, saw a lady in half, win a Tony Award, rap with Snoop Dogg, have children and get married. Harris then circles the bottom item: Host the Oscars.

"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a press release from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. "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."

Ellen DeGeneres hosted the last Academy Awards on March 2.

"It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards," Harris said in the Academy's release. "I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. 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."

The former star of the TV series "How I Met Your Mother," Harris can currently be seen in the film "Gone Girl" with Ben Affleck. He recently won a Tony Award for his starring role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on Broadway, and he has a new book out called "Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography."

The Oscars will be televised from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

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