The 87th annual Academy Awards are around the corner, can you feel it? We’re filled with excitement as the star-studded event ceremony inches closer, but what exactly do you have to look forward to?
Shall we recall the 86th annual awards when Ellen Degeneres hosted? It was definitely one to remember thanks to her sense of humor and interaction with the other stars.
Can this year’s Oscars top it?
We’ll see how it goes down Sunday night when the show airs on ABC, but as of now, here are nine things we’re looking forward to:
1) Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o and Zoe Saldana
A little birdie has told us that amongst the long list of presenters at the Oscars are three of our favorite Latinas: Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o and Zoe Saldana. We can’t wait to see which winners they’ll announce and more so, what these fashion gurus will flaunt at the red carpet.
2) Memorable Speeches
The 2015 Oscars was home to many memorable acceptance speeches, including Lupita Nyong’o’s “your dreams are valid” quote, Jared Leto’s empowering message to Venezuela and Cate Blanchett’s ode to women in film. Alfonso Cuaron was also a charm, jokingly saying that its good he won the Oscars for Best Director because it took so long to make ‘Gravity,’ that if not it would be like a waste of time. We wonder what this year’s winning stars will deliver when they receive their golden statue.
3) Neil Patrick Harris
Though Ellen Degeneres nailed it as the previous Oscars host, we wonder what Neil Patrick Harris will have in stock for viewers and the celebrity-filled audience as he hosts the awards for the first time.
4) Pizza delivery?
Will the “How I Met Your Mother” actor think outside the box and serve pizza to hungry actors such as “Brangelina” and Jared Leto?
5) Sequel to Ellen’s selfie?
Or can he find another way to break the Internet and top Ellen’s ultimate Oscars selfie? If he does, will he use a “selfie stick”? Will his picture include stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’o —and her brother?
6) How many Oscars will “Birdman” win?
We’re also looking forward to the success of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton. The film, next to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is the most nominated production at this year’s Academy Awards. Iñarritu’s friend, Alfonso Cuaron, managed to become the first Mexican director to win Best Director last year for “Gravity.” We highly hope that Iñarritu goes 2 for 2.
7) Red Carpet Fashion Fails
Yes –we’re looking forward to all the glitz and glam that will take place at the red carpet prior to the awards ceremony. And yes –we’re looking even more forward to see which stars will fail to impress with their red carpet look.
8) The performers
Sadly, Pharrell Williams and his top hat will not be performing “Happy” at this year’s event. But we’re still on the lookout for those who will be pumping up the crowd, such as Adam Levine, John Legend and Lady Gaga.
9) Will John Travolta massacre another name?
And how to forget the moment a confident John Travolta presented “the wickedly talented, the one and only, Adele Dazim”? That’s the sweet nickname he gave to Idina Menzel.
The 87th annual Academy Awards will air at 8p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Feb. 22nd, via ABC.