LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Neil Patrick Harris' nerves are running high as a first-time host of the Academy Awards on Sunday, he need look no further than the night's nominees for a friendly face. Here's what they had to say about the multitalented entertainer taking the Oscar reins:
— "I think he is a triple-threat. He's such an amazing singer, performer. He's so multi-talented. I'm really looking forward to it. He was on Broadway. He's a spectacular man." — Best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne of "The Theory of Everything."
— "He's a class act who knows how to be funny in a very dignified way, and also very irreverent. He's an incredible showman, and that's always been part of the Academy Awards... He'll be unique and special as the actor, performer and artist that he is." — Laura Dern, nominated for best supporting actress for "Wild."
— "The last time I saw him it was on stage. I went to see 'Hedwig (and the Angry Inch)' in New York. He was just brilliant. I'm looking forward to seeing what he's going to do." — Best actress nominee Marion Cotillard of "Two Days, One Night."
— "I think he'll be good. They're always good." — Twelve-time nominee Roger Deakins, up for best cinematography for "Unbroken."
— "That guy is crazy talented. That's a good choice. He's one of those rare few who can do so many things, guys like Jimmy Fallon. Neil Patrick Harris is the perfect choice for me." — Michael Keaton of "Birdman," nominated for best actor.
— "I'll try not to kill him. I think they'll probably check my purse, so I can't bring a box cutter." — Best actress nominee Rosamund Pike, joking (hopefully) about her screen time with Harris in "Gone Girl."
AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Derrik J. Lang contributed to this report.