Oscars 2015: 8 Things We Want to See on the Red Carpet, During the Show

Neil Patrick Harris
With just hours to go until the 2015 Oscars, here are eight things we hope to see on the red carpet and during the show, from a Neil Patrick Harris song-and-dance number to everyone's favorite imaginary couple Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto Lester Cohen/WireImage

Final countdown! As the hours leading up to the 2015 Oscars quickly tick away, anticipation is growing for all of the gowns and speeches and tears we’re sure to see come Sunday, Feb. 22. Who will be the best dressed, the most emotional? Will anyone pull a J.Law and trip going up the stairs?

Time will tell, but here, in no particular order, are eight things we hope to see on the red carpet and during the show.

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1. A Neil Patrick Harris Song-and-Dance Number

NPH is the ultimate triple threat, and one of his greatest assets as an awards show host is his musical prowess. (Case in point: his surprise number in the middle of the 2013 Emmys, appropriately titled “The Number in the Middle of the Show.”) The man has a Tony, so expectations are high, but we’re pretty confident he can live up to the hype. Go big or go home, right?

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2. A Benedict Cumberbatch Photobomb

The Sherlock star and Imitation Game nominee is a photobombing pro — he leapt into the background of a pic of U2 at the 2014 Academy Awards, and then crashed Meryl Streep‘s pic with Margaret Cho (in character as a North Korean general) at the 2015 Golden Globes. Where will he pop up next?

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Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 at the 2014 Oscars Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

3. A Butt Grab

Booty, booty, booty, booty everywhere! Jennifer Aniston couldn’t keep her hands off of Kate Hudson‘s sculpted derriere when they crossed paths at the Golden Globes in January. “I’m sorry, I had to do it!” she quipped after grabbing her pal’s butt on camera. Cheeky! 

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Kate Hudson and Jen Aniston at the 2015 Golden Globes red carpet. Courtesy of E!

4. Jennifer Aniston Not in Black

Speaking of the Cake actress, while she obviously looks great in everything she wears, we’d love to see her in something other than her go-to black. Remember how fab she looked in that scarlet Valentino gown at the 2013 Oscars? We do! She may not be nominated this year — for shame! — but that doesn’t mean she can’t kill it on the red carpet. 

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5. Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto Getting Their Flirt On

After their flirty streak during last year’s award season, followed by their swoon-worthy appearance as co-presenters at the 2015 SAGs, the 2014 Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor Oscar winners are everyone’s favorite imaginary couple. We’re just waiting for the day when that obvious spark between them turns into a full-on romantic fire. (For the record, they’re both currently single — we think!)

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Jared Leto cozied up to Lupita Nyong’o

6. A Previously Unknown Breakout Hunk (Like Cary Fukunaga at the Emmys!)

We’re excited to see Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper and all the other usual men in tuxes, of course, but it’s always nice to have someone new in the mix. (We’re looking at you, Cary!)

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Diretor Cary Fukunaga speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California Lester Cohen/WireImage.com

7. A Moment of Selfie Proportions 

By far the most talked-about moment at last year’s Oscars was host Ellen DeGeneres‘ epic selfie with Cooper, Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, and Meryl Streep (among others). We’re not saying NPH should try to replicate the photo — just the viral effect it had online. (If Kim Kardashian can break the internet, why not Harris?) 

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8. An In Memoriam Worthy of Robin Williams and Joan Rivers 

We’ve said goodbye to a lot of great talent since the last Oscars, but the collective grief over the deaths of Williams (in August) and Rivers (in September) was unmatched. We can only hope they — and everyone else we’ve lost in the last 12 months — get the goodbye they deserve.

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