The Big Day:The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m ET) 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. It will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Oscar Protest and Bomb Threat:Selma being snubbed this year isn’t sitting well with some folks in Hollywood. The Los Angeles chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has planned a protest Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m. “We will be right outside the Oscar ceremony, as close as the police will allow us,” Political Director Najee Ali told Dominic Patten of Deadline.com. “It’s pretty obvious that the Academy needs more diversity in its voting process. Very simple facts are that 94% of the Academy voters are white…The issue of the lack of racial diversity is the larger issue that Hollywood must face and confront head on. That’s why our protest of this year’s Oscar’s ceremony is designed to be a wake-up call for the entire industry.”
This news comes days after streets were closed due to a mysterious package that was found in a vehicle near the streets of Hollywood and Highland. Later, a statement was given by the LAPD that the bomb squad later found that item in question was designated a “Code 4” meaning that it was a nondangerous package after all.
The Night Before:ABC will present a half hour special, Countdown to the Oscars: An Insider’s Guide, Saturday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. that will “highlight previous Oscar ceremonies, fashion, flubs and faux pas.” It will be hosted by Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer.
This Year’s Host:Neil Patrick Harris. He’s hosted every other major award show, so why not the Oscars? He’ll be singing an original song written just for him by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the pair who wrote the award-winning music from Disney’s Frozen. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
This Year’s Presenters Include:Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Chris Evans, Kevin Hart, Josh Hutcherson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Nicole Kidman, Terrence Howard, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Sienna Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Murphy, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Miles Teller, John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.