Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars and the Academy has awarded us with a sneak peek of what's in store. As we expected the ceremony and Harris' hosting to be, the preview is quick, witty and light-hearted. The short 16 second clip is just what we need to lighten the mood after a week of over eating and making small talk.

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.

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The video, posted by the Academy on YouTube on Christmas Day, features Harris as he encourages viewers to make his hosting of the Oscars a topic of conversation over the festive season. And after the number of parties we're forced to enjoy (or rather endure) over the holiday season, most of us are desperately clutching at straws when it comes to small talk.  

"This holiday season give your family a gift they'll never forget," Harris suggests in the promo. "Instead of traditional presents, give the gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscar."

Harris has previously hosted a number of award ceremonies including the Tony Awards four times and the Primetime Emmy Awards twice. In hosting the Oscars, Harris will be joining the likes of Ellen Degeneres, Seth Macfarlane and Bill Crystal who have all previously hosted the Academy Awards over the past few years. 

Harris will be hosting the 87th Academy Awards on 22nd February 2015. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC. 

Watch Neil Patrick Harris' First Promo For The Oscars: