Five things to look out for


The Academy Awards have seen their fair share of “moments”—both scripted and unscripted—over the years. Here are five things to look out for at the 87th Oscars:

New host
All eyes will be on Neil Patrick Harris, who has the tough task of following widely-praised Ellen DeGeneres as Oscars host. The Emmy-winning 41-year-old is not short on talent—his past hosting duties include the Emmys and Broadway’s Tonys, and he can sing and dance with the best of them—but how will he make his Oscars mark?

Viral moment
Speaking of Ellen, the daytime talk-show hostess nearly broke the Internet with her famed selfie with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep and a host of other stars at last year’s show. Can Harris—or anyone else—top that this year?

Brit invasion
The Brits are in town again, and this time in force: Eddie Redmayne leads the pack as a favorite for best actor as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but other nominees include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).

Fashion alert
The parade of stars on the Oscars red carpet is, for some, almost as big a show as the Academy Awards themselves. Who will wear what? What colors will be in (and out)? Will anyone make a fashion statement on the scale of Bjork in her swan dress at the 2001 Oscars?

In memoriam
Each year the show includes a segment dedicated to Hollywood greats who passed in 2014. This year, Tinseltown’s biggest loss was comic actor Robin Williams, who committed suicide in August.


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