The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles and will be aired on ABC at 7 p.m. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Academy Awards, commonly referred to as Oscars, in 24 categories. Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer from “Good Morning America” and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan from “Live! with Kelly and Michael” will host the Oscars pre-show. The Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest night, will bring together some of the most famous and best names in films for the most prestigious night in the movie industry calender for movies released in 2014.
Although Neil Patrick Harris is known for hosting the Tony Awards four times (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013), and the Primetime Emmy Awards twice (2009 and 2013), this is the first time for hosting the Oscars, taking over the reigns from Ellen DeGeneres. In a commercial for the ceremony, he told fans to expect the unexpected. The former “How I Met Your Mother” star is not only hosting, but he’ll be performing an original musical number written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won last year’s Oscar telecast for Best Original Song for “Let it Go” from Frozen.
This year’s presenters include stars from a variety of current and upcoming Disney films, such as Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Travolta, Jennifer Aniston, Davdi Oyelowo and Kerry Washington. Cate Blanchett will present the award for Best Actor while Matthew McConaughey will present the award for Best Actress, and Lupita Nyong’o will present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
Six-time Grammy winner and newly engaged Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform a special tribute. Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory.” Tim McGraw will perform Glen Campbell’s Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” and Adam Levine will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Lost Stars” from Begin Again. Rita Ora is performing her nominated song Grateful from “Beyond the Lights” Anna Kendrick from “Inside the Woods” will be performing something special that the show’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, say “is sure to be an ‘Only on the Oscars’ moment.” Jennifer Hudson will also perform.
After the last Oscar is handed out, the party moves over to the 10th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars.” John Travolta will be in the studio with Jimmy Kimmel, and the show will also feature appearances by Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Blunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Kristen Bell, and many others.
“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are competing to win the Best Picture award. They both have nine nominations. Following close behind them is “The Imitation Game” with eight nominations. There are 17 films that received multiple nominations. Disney films were nominated in seven categories.