Neil Patrick Harris: Hosting the Oscars Is Less Stressful than Being Nominated
"I'll admit that I'm nervous to host, but it's much less pressure than being a nominee," Patrick says
“I’ll admit that I’m nervous to host, but it’s much less pressure than being a nominee,” the 41-year-old actor writes in an op-ed for T, The New York Times Style Magazine.
“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 says of being a nominee. Though the actor hasn’t yet been nominated for an Oscar, he’s been up for four Golden Globes and nine Emmys – he’s won five of those Emmys, as well as a Tony.
The Gone Girl star says even winning can be stressful under the circumstances: “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 writes.
Harris is set to take the stage for the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22. The show will air live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.