Actor Neil Patrick Harris, the well known star of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, has been tapped to host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Harris, 41, best known as Barney Stinson on the long-running CBS series, has also hosted TV’s Emmy Awards. He has won three Emmys for hosting theater’s Tony Awards.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is eager to draw a greater number of younger viewers to the TV broadcast of the 87th Oscars. The ceremony will be shown live to more than 200 countries from Los Angeles on Feb. 22 on the ABC television network, owned by Walt Disney Co.