2011 Greggys: Neil Patrick Harris, busier than ever on television and in films, is male Star of the Year
It seems fitting that Neil Patrick Harris would get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year. Now he can bookend that honor with another: the 2011 Greggy for Male Star of the Year!
He’s a man who seems to be more in demand with each passing year. He not only is supremely talented, but he’s also never seemed more comfortable in his skin and that just makes him all the more appealing.
Neil engaged us this year on various talk shows like The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and Live With Regis and Kelly (then just Live With Kelly) with stories about the twins he and partner David Burtka are the proud parents of.
I think I enjoyed those appearances more than any acting role he did. But he did a lot of acting and, as usual, was first-rate.
There is the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother on which he playing Barney Stinson for a seventh season. The show seems certain to have at least a few more years left in its run which means NPH is not free to replace Regis Philbin alongside his pal Kelly Ripa. That would be a dream!
Neil became a bigger movie star than ever before in 2011 with a starring role in the summer hit The Smurfs. He also had a supporting role playing Alex Pettyfer’s blind tutor in Beastly and reprised his role as a fictionalized version of himself in A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.
Then there was Company. Neil was cast in the lead role of perpetual bachelor Robert in an an all-star cast of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical. He was joined by the likes of Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Katie Finneran and more as well as the New York Philharmonic for four concert performances at an all-star cast joined the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for four concert performances. The production was filmed and later shown briefly in theaters.
In addition, Neil hosted the 2011 Tony Awards and did a remarkable job. His bit with Hugh Jackman was especially fun as was his opening number about how gay the Tonys are. I was hoping he’d be tapped to replace Eddie Murphy as host of the Academy Awards but the gig went to Billy Crystal instead.
But I am certain NPH will be an Oscar host down the road because it really seems there is nothing he can’t do.