Countdown is on as world awaits Oscars

Crews put finishing touches on the red carpet as media from around the globe take their places ahead of the 87th Academy Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 22, 2015) (REUTERS) –
STORY: With crews putting the final touches on the red carpet Sunday morning (February 22), media from around the globe began to take their places ahead of the 87th Academy Awards. While overcast skies threaten to provide a hint of gray on this Oscar Sunday (February 22), it wasn’t stopping the world from getting amped about the entertainment industry’s biggest night.

“We are so excited,” said Kyo Kojunji, a presenter with Nippon Television, who’s traveled to Hollywood from Japan to cover the Oscars. “There is lots of Hollywood glamour and our audience in Japan has been looking forward to seeing the Oscars for a long time.”

The increasing international presence at the box office has furthered the development of the Academy Awards as a truly global event.

“We’ve had huge success at the BAFTAs,” explained Nina Nannar, a presenter with Britain’s ITV News. “So I would say that there is a huge amount of success with the Oscars with all the hopes pinned on Eddie Redmayne. If he doesn’t win we will be very sad.”

The 87th Academy Awards, which will be broadcast live around the world, will serve up its share of suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most seasoned experts.

But those nail-biters will come at the tail end of the three-hour ABC telecast from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where first-time host Neil Patrick Harris will guide a show heavy on humor, magic and music from big artists like Lady Gaga.