It's a big week for Neil Patrick Harris. The 41-year-old actor's kids had their fourth birthday, his autobiography hit stores — and now, he's hosting the Oscars.
NPH made the announcement in a video on Twitter. It was shot in the horribly gauche style of vertical video, but since he was scrolling down a long list in the video, we'll forgive him.
In the video, he tells someone on the phone "I'm in," before the camera pans over to "NPH's Bucket List" and scans down items he's already checked off. They include the more serious ("Win a Tony Award"), less serious ("Rap with Snoop Dog") and just plain awesome ("Saw a lady in half"), before finally getting to the last item on his list: "Host the Oscars."
"It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards," Harris said in a Motion Picture Academy's press release. "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 has also been riding high following one of his most high-profile film roles, and arguably the biggest that didn't involve him playing himself (See: The Harold & Kumar trilogy), an apparent creep in "Gone Girl." (No spoilers!)
Fans on Twitter were quick to point out that Harris is coming close to a host EGOT — having hosted two Emmys, four Tonys and now the Oscars, the last of those major awards shows left for him to claim that hosting crown would be the Grammys. If he hit that fourth hosting gig, he'd be the first person to do so. He's also coming close on the awards front — he's been an Emmy and Tony winner, and his highly praised role in "Gone Girl" could put him on the way to three for four there, too.
Academy producer Neil Meron confirmed Harris's tweet and expressed the Academy's own excitement for Harris as host on Twitter:
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," Meron and co-producer Craig Zadan said in a press release. "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."
Harris previously provided an opening song for the 2010 Academy Awards; watch his showstopping number here:
If you want some more Harris fun, he's made his new autobiography a choose your own adventure — watch him explain the concept, juggle, do shots of rubbing alcohol and more below:
The next Oscars take place Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Los Angeles's Dolby Theatre.
This story has been updated.