Neil Patrick Harris prefers hosting Oscars to being nominated

  • PTI, New York
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 15:17 IST

Funnyman Neil Patrick Harris admits to being nervous for his first hosting stint at the upcoming Academy Awards but feels it is less pressurising than being a nominee.

The 41-year-old How I Met Your Mother star is making his debut as a host at the 87th Oscar Awards on February 22.

The actor spoke about anchoring the award ceremony in an op-ed piece for The New York Times Magazine. "I'll admit that I'm nervous to host, but it's much less pressure than being a nominee. "Your heart's pounding and you have 15 names that you pray to God you don't forget – and your name's not called," Harris said.

The Emmy-winning actor said even winning at times is stressful. "Or, even stranger, your name is called, and you're blinded by adrenaline and panic. That's much more nerve-racking to me than going out and saying, 'Our next two presenters are the stars of this movie, please welcome Brad and Angelina,'" he wrote.

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