Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars in 2015, it was announced Wednesday. It will be the first time hosting the show for Harris.
The show will air live on ABC7 on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
"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."
Harris announced the hosting gig Wednesday in an online video, adding the duty to his "bucket list."
Harris, a prolific entertainer on stage and screen, has been nominated multiple times for Emmys and Golden Globes for his part on "How I Met Your Mother," and won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on "Glee." He received the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his title role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He's currently on the big screen in the feature film "Gone Girl."
Harris has twice hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, and has hosted four Tony Awards shows.
Last year's 86th Oscars was TV's most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers. Ellen DeGeneres's star-studded "selfie" became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.