Sunday's glittering Tony Awards for theatrical performances brought four-time earned Neil Patrick Harris widespread critical acclaim, meaning The Muppetsactor could be a contender to host the 2014 Oscars.

A natural performer and entertainer, 39 year-old Harris - best known for his role as womaniser Barney Stinson in CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother - was named on Time magazine's 2010 '100 Most Influential People', and has since been awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Set to also host this September's Emmy Awards, Harris has just completed his fourth stint at Tony's host in an extravaganza of rapping, singing, dancing and comedy, showing the Albuquerque-born actor's versatility, even earning him comparisons to legendary television host Johnny Carson.

Speaking to the LA Times, Harris expressed his interest for the hosting job at the prestigious annual Academy Awards: "I would think hosting the Oscars would be a great bucket list check-off", yet is worried blowing his own horn will ruin his chances of being taken seriously for the coveted gig, emphasising the importance of being "reticent" amidst post-Tonys speculation.

He acknowledges the conundrum of appearing to eager or too apathetic - veer too far either way and you'll risk any serious chances of being selected by producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Harris is currently working on western comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West with Family Guy's Seth Macfarlane, who was last year's controversial host in a role that was widely criticised.

It is hoped the upcoming comedy's success will cement Harris' chances of being considered for the role it seems, clearly, he was born to fulfil.

A Million Ways To Die In The West is currently shooting.

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Previous Oscars Host And Harris' Co-Star, Seth Macfarlane [L] & Experienced And Talented Host, Neil Patrick Harris Giving A Speech.