OSCARS 2015: What to Expect from the Big Night


 The big night is finally here. It’s time for the 2015 Oscars.

All the action begins tonight at 7 p.m. EST, with the glam from the red carpet, the winners and, of course, your host with the most — Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris, 41, takes over for last year’s host Ellen DeGeneres who was amazing with her record-breaking selfie and non-stop jokes — something Harris said is daunting but also ready for the challenge.

“How do you try to beat the selfie that broke the Internet?” Harris said in a recent episode of DeGeneres’ show. “It turned out to be a great thing. Selfie’s into my brain, so I’m gonna try to do something better.”

Harris has also revealed recently that the songwriters from the hit movie “Frozen” will be writing a musical number for Harris and that his jokes will be Oscars appropriate.

“They have to make sure they’re comfortable and appropriately biting. Within the first hour, you have a lot of losers in the audiences who are not happy. And toward the end of the night, you have to look out and see four out of every five people have lost. It’s important to be as funny as you can be and as appropriate as you can be,” Harris told the Los Angeles Times.

In a video produced for the Oscars, Harris added: “I’m a magician, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a hint of magic. I fear I’ve said too much.”

In addition to Harris, there are the nominees.

For Best Actor, you have an A-list race with Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, and Eddie Redmayne all nominated. Best Actress is also jam-packed with stars like Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon.

For the biggie — Best Picture — it’s anyone’s game: “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash” make for a tough category to call!

And don’t forget the music.

Lady Gaga, Common, John Legend, Anna Kendrick and Tim McGraw are all set to perform during the telecast.

“We want to entertain,” producer Neil Meron told the Associated Press. “And there’s no better entertainment than to do it with music.”

Gaga recently posted a photo of her rehearsing for tonight’s show.

“Rehearsal is a beautiful sacred space for the performer. To go deeper and deeper. So excited for Sunday. #Oscars,” she wrote.

Finally there are the presenters. Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum, Eddie Murphy, Terrence Howard, Chris Evans and Gwyneth Paltrow are only a few of the names handing out the awards.

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