October 15, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris, Oscar Host...

Producers announced today that Emmy and Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards next February.

This is a great choice -- Harris is fast and funny, sings and dances, and does the occasional magic trick.

Long rumoured to be a contender for this high profile gig, Harris is an experienced host, having done the job at the Emmys and Tonys multiple times to great acclaim.

A TV star since childhood as Doogie Howser, Harris became a major star as womanizer Barney on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and when that ended earlier this year headed straight to Broadway, winning a Tony for Hedwig And The Angry Inch. He is currently on view in a creepy supporting role in Gone Girl.

Harris is also a gay role model and activist, having been out for many years; he recently married his boyfriend of ten years, David Burtka, with whom he has 4-year-old twins.

Often referred to as 'the gay Superbowl' because of its audience (hey, I watch) the producers are living up to the name, as last year Ellen DeGeneres hosted to great reviews and ratings... so who's next, Rosie O'Donnell or Matt Bomer?

This is a big week for NPH -- whose funny twitter feed is at @actuallyNPH - in addition to the Oscar gig, he published his first book, a creative twist on his own story called Choose Your Own Autobiography on Tuesday; I just started reading it.

If you have missed his hosting gigs, here are two samples of NPH at work....

Ok, forget the others... for 2016 bring on Fey and Poehler!