The actor announced the news with a cute video

By Michele Corriston
Updated October 15, 2014 05:35 PM
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The Academy Awards are about to get legen – wait for it – dary.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, the How I Met Your Mother star announced Wednesday.

Harris, 41, Tweeted a link to a video showing him answering his iPhone with a firm “I’m in.”

The camera pans to a handwritten “NPH’s Bucket List” full of checked-off items like “Win a Tony Award,” “Rap with Snoop Dog,” “Get married” and “Write a book.” The last, circled task on his list? “Host the Oscars.”

Academy producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron confirmed the news.

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” they said in a statement. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

As for the Gone Girl actor’s other to-dos, his memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography hit shelves Tuesday, and he wed longtime love David Burtka in September (the two are fathers to 4-year-old twins).

“I love it, it’s great nomenclature to be able to call David my husband instead of sounding like we’re cowboys and calling him my partner,” he joked to PEOPLE last month. “And I get to wear the ring on my other hand! So one callus is wearing off, and one’s starting to get worn.”

Harris has hosted Broadway’s Tony Awards twice and led the 2013 Emmys. Ellen DeGeneres had a successful (and selfie-record-breaking) run as last year’s Oscars host.

The 87th Academy Awards air Feb. 22 on ABC.

With reporting by TARA FOWLER

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