Neil Patrick Harris is one step closer to awards show hosting dominance. It was announced on Thursday morning that the former star of How I Met Your Mother will lead the charge at the 2015 Oscars.

In a statement about his Academy Award’s hosting gig, he said, “It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

The Gone Girl actor will host the 87th Oscars telecast, which airs on ABC and in 225 countries.

Neil Patrick Harris definitely is no novice when it comes to hosting awards shows. He won over our hearts by hosting four Tony Awards shows, and then helped ratings with his successful run as the two-time host of the Emmys.

Along with hosting awards shows, Harris has won four Emmys, and this year he took home the coveted lead role award at the Tony’s. Harris won the award for his starring role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Last year the Oscar’s were helped along by Ellen DeGeneres and her now famous selfie photo. That single show became the most shared photo of all time, recirculating to the tune of 32.8 million views.

NPH has plenty of reasons to celebrate, along with his Oscars gig, his twins, Gideon and Harper, turned four last week. Harris sent out this adorable picture of his children on their birthday:

Harris is definitely right about one thing, he has some really big and very famous shoes to fill when he takes to the Academy Awards stage.

Are you excited to watch Neil Patrick Harris suit up for the 2015 Oscars?

[Photo Credit: Angela George]