Hollywood's High Holy Night is nearly upon us. We're just two away from all the gold, glamour, grins, grimaces (hidden under aforementioned grins) and gowns. Neil Patrick Harris, who's been steadily ascending the awards show mountain will finally reach its peak to host the 87th Academy Awards this Sunday. To make sure you're prepared for your office pool and your parties, here is a quick rundown of what to expect.
Because NPH is a triple threat and because the producers of the ceremony are also partially to blame for the resurgence of the modern movie musical, expect lots of song & dance. The Best Original Song contenders will be performed by Adam Levine ("Lost Stars" from Begin Again), Rita Ora ("Grateful" from Beyond the Lights), Common and John Legend ("Glory" from Selma), Tim McGraw ("Not Going to Miss You" from Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me) and Tegan and Sara ("Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie).
Other performers scheduled are Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Jennifer Hudson though we don't know what they'll be performing. They always try to keep some secrets but one prevailing rumor is that there will be a tribute to The Sound of Music (1965) which hits its 50th anniversary the week after the Oscars. Presenters include last year's acting quartet Blanchett, Leto, McConaughey, and Nyong'o as well as "sorry we didn't nominate you and we realize you had a good year" people like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Aniston.
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