The Gone Girl actor, who has previously emceed the Tony Awards and the Emmys several times, will present the star-studded 87th annual ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 22.
The 41-year-old star announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday (15.10.14) by posting a video clip of himself telling an unidentified person "I'm in" during a phone call. He then sets about scrolling through his nearly completed bucket list - Hosting the Oscars is the last thing on it... Dun, dun, DUUUUUUUN!
Apologies for the quality of the video; that's what happens when you us WAR (wrong aspect ratio) and then post the thing on mobypicture.com
In a statement, he added: "It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year's Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true." Don't forget Anne Hathaway and James Franco, you're following them too.
Talk show queen Ellen hosted this year's ceremony in March, which scored the best ratings in 14 years, but declined an offer to take on the job again. Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also offered the role and turned it down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.