The gift that keeps on giving! Neil Patrick Harris gave fans a special Christmas present when he released his first promo for the Oscars on Thursday, Dec. 25.
The Emmy-winning actor, 41, stars in the ad for the upcoming 87th Annual Academy Awards. The 15-second clip opens with Harris in front of a makeshift Oscar statue Christmas tree, which is surrounded by piles of wrapped presents.
Sporting a well-cut tuxedo with a bow tie, a red scarf, and brunette locks from his Hedwig and the Angry Inch days, the star begins, “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,” he jokes, shrugging as he smiles.
Harris will host the awards show for the first time when the star-studded affair takes place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22, 2015. He follows 2014’s Ellen DeGeneres, controversial 2013 host Seth MacFarlane, 2012 star Billy Crystal, and the unforgettable duo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who hosted the 2011 Oscars.
“I’ve been in the hosting world for a little while and the Oscars has been that show that I was terrified to take on, but had never been asked to do,” Harris said in an interview with radio station Z100 this past October. “Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the show, they just reach out to someone. Thankfully, I think with the help of Gone Girl and A Million Ways to Die in the West, I had a couple more feature film credits than I did before and that definitely helps with the Academy and their decision making.”
“It’s weirdly one of those things that you don’t know when it’s happening and you don’t reach out for it and present yourself,” added Harris, who has previously hosted the Emmy and Tony awards. “You just sometimes get a call.”
Watch the actor’s Oscars spot in the video above!