After the enthusiastic reaction of American actor Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony (commonly known as The Oscars), news has emerged that three other comedy stars reportedly turned down an invitiation to host the prestigious event.
Neil Patrick Harris was not the first person that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had set their eyes on. Rather, he was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ fourth choice.
Ellen DeGeneres refused to host the Oscars for the third time, though the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony that she hosted was the most-watched since 2000.
Former host and comedian extraordinaire Chris Rock, the first black man to host the awards since Richard Pryor in 1977 and 1983, was second on Zadan and Meron’s list, but the deal failed to materialise as he also passed on the offer.
Chris Rock hosting the awards in 2005 (photo: Flavorwire)
Producers then turned to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has never hosted the ceremony. She also declined, which brought Zadan and Meron to approach Harris.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 2012 Primetime Emmys (photo: Deadline)
Although he wasn’t the first choice, he was excited to accept the challenge announcing that he had accepted the job posting on Twitter he said: “I’m in!”
By clicking on the video he tweeted, you see the American actor checking “Host the Oscars” from his “bucket list”.
According to BBC News, in a statement released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the ‘Gone Girl’’s co-star said: “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who has had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”
It is the first time for the actor to host the Academy Awards, though he has hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Emmy’s twice.
The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on 22 February, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.