We couldn’t be more excited to see Neil Patrick Harris host the Oscars this year. But as far as Christmas gifts go, we don’t think his face on that screen is going to make a kid’s holiday season.
Of course, that’s just what Harris is suggesting in his new Oscars promo, out in time for the Christmas season.
Don’t get me wrong — when I saw that Harris was named the 2015 Oscars host, I couldn’t think of a more fitting person to take on the job. Unless he and Ellen DeGeneres could both host. That might be equally as awesome. But, as we know, the cohost thing didn’t go so well for the Academy. (See James Franco and Anne Hathaway circa 2011.)
We have a pretty great feeling Harris doesn’t have anything to worry about in the hosting department. Though it’s his first time hosting the Oscars, he’s a veteran stage performer and has hosted the Tony Awards four times.
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It’s going to be awesome. And maybe one of the best Oscars in history. But Harris might be going overboard in just how much he thinks people, especially children, will be willing to give up to watch him during the Academy Awards.
“This holiday season, give your family a gift they’ll never forget. Instead of traditional presents, give them the gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars,” Harris says in the ad, which also follows the holiday theme with a giant gold Oscar instead of a Christmas tree, complete with gold, black and red presents surrounding the pedestal.
Obviously, Harris is joking. And we know this, not just because of his dorky faux-serious attitude, but because he didn’t even follow his own advice. Harris’ children Gideon and Harper got to enjoy all the Christmas festivities, including a Christmas Eve feast, as evident by Harris’ Instagram posts.
Luckily, no one had to choose presents or watching Neil Patrick Harris host the Oscars. We get the best of both worlds. Life is good.
Watch Harris’ first Oscar promo below.
The Oscars air live Feb. 22, 2015 on ABC.