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How Neil Patrick Harris prepares to host the Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris

In this week's Academy Originals, our Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris shares his approach to prepping for the big night. "Preparing to host takes a lot more lead time than I think most people think. It's such a gigantic show," Harris said during a break from rehearsals. "The most fun part about preparing to host the Oscars is the access. So many people are saying yes to being a part of it in whatever context you need."Even though Harris has been the host of other shows, this is his first Oscars. Billy Crystal hosted the show nine times but in this video recalls what it felt like in 1990 when he hosted his first Academy Awards.