This year Barney, I mean Neil Patrick Harris, hosted the Oscars award show.

Who produces the show and who gets to choose the host? It seems like quite a responsibility.

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    Seems like a thankless job. If your nominee for host does well, he/she gets the glory; if they bomb, they don't get called back next year, and you get canned.
    – wbogacz
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 15:24
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    The same people who told the gorilla that he couldn't go to the ballet.
    – KSmarts
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 16:54
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    I still don't get why Doogie Howser changed his name to Barney. Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 13:27

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The Oscars are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hires producers to create the awards ceremony. The producers are in charge of the entire production, including selecting a host. For the past few years Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been the producers of the Oscars. A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter briefly outlined the selection process that led to Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 87th Academy Awards show.

Reference: Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars.

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