Wednesday 20 September 2017

Oscars 2015 host Neil Patrick Harris won't slag off stars and promises to get names right

Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Oscars but promises to be nice
Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Oscars but promises to be nice

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Neil Patrick Harris has run his Oscars dialogue by his husband and says he won't be ribbing stars up for gongs a la Ellen DeGeneres, Seth MacFarlane, or Billy Crystal.

The American actor is helming this year's Academy Awards, which take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 22.

While he's an awards host veteran, the Oscars will be his biggest gig to date. Luckily husband David Burtka has been on hand to help tweak Neil's material.

"I run most everything through David - he is a tough critic. But his notes and ideas are uniformly excellent. Many will be implemented on the 22nd," Neil told People magazine.

Neil and David tied the knot in September and raise their surrogate four-year-old twins Gideon and Harper together.

As a family man Neil leads a mellow life and doesn't like the culture of ridiculing the stars up for awards on the big night.

"I don't like to be mean. It's such a celebration for everyone, I think it should stay positive and buoyant. Why, after getting nominated for a friggin' Oscar, would you want to get heckled? Not my thing," he said.

The 41-year-old has been practising his dictation to avoid any name faux pas when it comes to introducing celebs to the stage, so he doesn't end up like John Travolta last year, who mistakenly called Idina Menzel "Adele Dazeem".

 He's also honed his hosting skills, and knows exactly what looks good when presenting.

READ: Oscars 2015: The list of nominations in full

"I've always been intrigued by people who have a bit of a smile when they're talking to you. It's almost like they know something but are refraining from revealing it. I've tried to take that affectation as my own," he revealed.

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