The countdown is on... Film's biggest night of the year is just days away. It's time to get the popcorn and drinks ready but, first, here are the eight things you need to know about the 86th Academy Awards.
1. When and where?
The 86th Academy Awards will begin at 1.30am in Ireland the UK. The stars will begin to arrive on the red carpet up to two hours beforehand.
2. Who is hosting the bash?
Ellen DeGeneres is back to the Oscars stage for the second time after a 2007 performance that earned her an Emmy Award. The hit US TV host has already commented on possibly taking the helm for a third year. “I hear third time’s a charm,” she joked.
3. Anyone we know performing?
Pharrell Williams, U2, Karen O and ‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel will perform this year’s Best Original Song entries on the Oscars stage. Pink has tweeted that she will grace the ceremony with her presence, but there’s no hint as to whether she’ll be undertaking her signature trapeze act yet. Bette Midler will be making her debut on the Academy Awards stage.
4. Who is presenting the awards?
Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will take to the stage to present an award this year as well as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Emma Watson, Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn.
Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn are both due to present an award (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF12/WireImage)
5. Are there any Oscar predictions?
Ebuzzing Lab’s experts believe DiCaprio should prepare a speech for ‘Wolf of Wall Street’- and they are generally correct in their predictions. The company annually analyses social media discussion of the awards and has an accurate run of predictions. ‘12 Years A Slave’ director Steve McQueen is also being tipped for the Oscar, as is Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’.
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6. What’s going on behind the scenes?
Crews are already preparing the red carpet for the ceremony (see the first glimpse of it here) at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in California. Production teams are also putting the finishing touches to this year’s tribute which is the 75th anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The theme of the night is reported to be 'Heroes'.
7. What’s in the goodie bag?
This year’s goodie bags are worth a whopping €58,000 and include must-have items such as luxury vodka, fine art, circus lessons, pepper spray guns, a trip to Japan and hair-replacement treatments. See the full list of the goodie bag contents here.
8. Will there be any Irish at the event?
Michael Fassbender is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’. Fake tan entrepreneur Marissa Brown’s name is being hailed in the Oscars beauty rooms. The businesswoman’s Cocoa Brown tan will be bronzing some of the biggest stars in Hollywood for the event. U2 will also show face as the foursome have been nominated for Best Original Song with ‘Ordinary Love’. For more Irish at the event, see here.