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Scarlett Johansson opted for an emerald gown with a matching statement necklace. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Lady Gaga made a statement in a thick white gown and winged red gloves. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Wowzas! Julianne Moore looked drop-dead gorgeous in a form-fitting white sequined gown with elegant applique details. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"Into The Woods" star Anna Kendrick accentuated her petite frame in a coral halter gown and simple accessories. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
"Boyhood" actress and best supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette looked chic in a one-shoulder black and white gown with a sweeping shoulder detail. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Host Neil Patrick Harris and hubby David Burtka looked dapper on the red carpet for Hollywood's biggest night. NPH opted for a fitted gray tuxedo, while his better half chose black tuxedo pants with a crisp white jacket.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Felicity Jones turned heads in a jaw-dropping gray gown with a beaded bodice and full skirt. A simple updo completed the "Theory of Everything" actress's elegant look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne has been killing it this award season style-wise. The "Theory of Everything" star was stylish in a navy tux beside. His wife Hannah Bagshawe stunned in an intricate gown with a Grecian silhouette and ethnic details. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Mom-to-be Keira Knightley looked straight out of a fairytale in a pretty embroidered gown and natural curls.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Newlyweds Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter were picture-perfect in a white tux and sexy red gown, respectively. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kerry Washington was absolutely flawless in a chic white gown with a satin bodice and textural skirt. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"American Sniper" leading man Bradley Cooper looked smokin' in a three-piece tux.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"American Sniper" actress Sienna Miller always owns the red carpet. The stylish starlet wowed in a stunning gown with intricate ribbing and laser-cut details. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jared Leto stuck to his personal style in a light gray tux and white shoes. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Reese Witherspoon wowed in a crisp black and white figure-hugging gown. The "Wild" actress completed her sophisticated look with tousled hair and simple jewels. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lupita Nyong'o channeled old Hollywood glam in a sexy white gown and flawless makeup. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Gone Girl" actress Rosamund Pike was red-hot in a sexy crimson lace gown that highlighted her tiny waist. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Naomi Watts turned heads in an eye-catching printed gown and purple lips. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Can you believe Zoe Saldana just had twins? The new mom was glowing in a figure-hugging pink gown and elegant jewels.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston was a total babe in a sexy sheer strapless gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sexy couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend turned heads on the red carpet. The swimsuit model stole the show in a bluish-gray plunging gown with a super high slit. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emma Stone stunned in a gold beaded gown and red lips. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Academy Award-nominated actress Margaret Avery opted for an emerald gown with a sweeping skirt. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Style maven Marion Cotillard stunned in a unique, white perforated gown cinched in below the waist. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Oscars mainstay Meryl Streep looked chic in a belted black skirt and top and black blazer. A simple clutch and slicked back hair completed the "Into the Woods" star's sophisticated look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Margot Robbie from "The Wolf of Wall Street" walked the red carpet in a robe-like draped Saint Laurent gown with sheer sleeves. Red lips and a vintage-inspired necklace completed her sexy look. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"Big Hero 6" star Jamie Chung wowed in a stunning gown with intricate starburst beading. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Giuliana Rancic was ready to work the red carpet in a red-hot gown with stunning floral appliques. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
America Ferrera was fresh-faced and gorgeous in a seafoam chiffon gown with a decorative belt and matching earrings. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Best actor nominee and "Birdman" star Michael Keaton looked dapper in a black tux.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jason Bateman looked handsome beside his wife Amanda Anka, who opted for a fresh take on Oscars style with skinny black slacks and a structural brocade peplum top. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez kept it simple with a blue gown, simple jewels and easy chignon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Chris Pine looked amazing in a perfectly-tailored double-breasted tux. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Pink is definitely Lara Spencer's color! The TV personality brought some fun to the red carpet with the bright hue. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jessica Chastain channeled old Hollywood in a super glam navy gown with a cowl neck. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest opted for a classic black tux. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Melanie Griffith, 57, showed off her hot bod in a form-fitting black gown, simple updo and sparkly clutch. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Roshumba Williams opted for one of this season's hottest colors -- red. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Best director nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu looked handsome beside his wife, Maria Eladia Hagerman, who looked elegant in emerald. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson looked flawless in a red gown with a snake-like strap. Red lips and a simple ponytail completed the style maven's stunning look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
"Boyhood" actor Ethan Hawke looked classy in a tuxedo beside his wife, Ryan, who sparkled in a sequined gown. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett looked sophisticated in a simple black gown and turquoise necklace.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Anna Wintour made an appearance in a pink gown with a matching pink fur stole. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
"Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons coordinated his purple pocket square to his wife's purple gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Model Karolina Kurkova turned heads in a strapless gown with a ruffled train. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Holy smokes! Jennifer Lopez is one hot mama, and she certainly turned heads in this plunging nude gown with a sweeping organza skirt. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hollywood couple Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom dressed to impress for the big night. Newsom stunned in a white gown with an intricate plunging bodice. Turquoise jewelry added a touch of color to her frosted look. Her funny-guy husband looked equally chic in a simple black tuxedo. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Michael Strahan looked totally handsome in a gray three-piece suit and smiled for the cameras.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Metallic mama! Actress Laura Dern opted for a gunmetal gown with edgy accessories. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will i Am, 39,  strayed from the usual tuxedo dress code and donned a funky black and white getup. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Faith Hill stunned in a plunging long-sleeved gown with a pearl necklace and bright smile. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Envy-inducing couple Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo nabbed the spotlight on the red carpet. The Maroon 5 lead singer went for a simple black tux, and let his wife shine. The Victoria's Secret model wowed in a speckled black and red number and gunmetal accessories. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actress Katie Cassidy looked gorgeous in an ethereal embroidered gown in a stunning champagne color. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Zendaya stunned in a gorgeous satin gown and nude makeup. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Carmen Ejogo wowed in a slinky sequined gown, choker necklace and dark lips. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
John Stamos just keeps getting better with age! The actor smoldered in a black tux and red pocket square. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jenna Dewan Tatum looked sexy in a plunging white belted gown withbeaded details. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Channing Tatum looked dapper in his own right in a simple black tum ... but when doesn't he look totally sexy? (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Model Dorith Mous opted for a dramatic red number. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
"Hunger Games" actor Josh Hutcherson was handsome in a simple black tux and perfectly-groomed coif. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"How to Get Away With Murder" actor Matt McGorry changed things up with a tweed jacket. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
"Selma" star Common looked long and lean in a velveteen tuxedo with a white bowtie. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Blanca Blanco channeled a flamenco dancer with a black and red ruffled number and thick topknot. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Wild for blue! Thea Andrews went for this classic strapless number. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TV personality Keltie Knight chose a sexy gown with a thigh-high slit. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TV personality Louise Roe wowed in a blue printed gown with a full structural skirt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Hudson flaunted her rockin' bod in a canary yellow column dress with a skinny metal belt. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Robin Roberts dazzled in a ruby-red sequined T-shirt gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Nancy O'Dell elongated her statuesque figure in a sexy black mermaid gown with a structural shoulder accent. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kelly Osbourne brought the drama in a theatrical gown with a lace bodice and full cascading skirt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Boyhood" actress Lorelei Linklater opted for a unique East-meets-West gown with a sexy slit and a revealing bodice. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Mario Lopez was ready for the night in a black tux and skinny tie. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TV personality Catt Sadler looked pretty in a nude and silver form-fitting gown and simple hair and makeup. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Composer Mark Mothersbaugh and Anita Greenspan were all smiles in pink and black. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Production designer Maria Djurkovic and set decorator Tatiana MacDonald joined in on the fun in their black-tie best. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
Songwriter Diane Warren strayed from the usual in black slacks, booties and a metallic tuxedo jacket. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman opted for a yellow-hue sequin gown with a red sash. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Torill Kove posed for photos in a silver gown with a decorative belt. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Filmmakers Magda Hueckel and Tomasz Sliwinski coordinated in shades of blue. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Shaun Robinson went for a sunny yellow gown and simple curls.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Kelly Ripa stunned in a shimmery black strapless gown with a full ballroom skirt. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Actress Genesis Rodriguez opted for a draped white gown with an elegant neckline. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Miles Teller looked dapper in a navy tux beside his girlfriend Keleigh Sperry. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actor David Oyelowo opted for a nontraditional red tux.(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"Boyhood" actor Ellar Coltrane looked dapper beside director Richard Linklater in matching black tuxes. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Cheryl Hines looked sexy in a gunmetal one-shouldered gown.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rita Ora turned heads in a dramatic navy mermaid gown with gold details. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kevin Hart strayed from the typical in a white tux with black lapel. His wife Eniko Parrish opted for a plunging nude gown. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Octavia Spencer was all smiles in a blue gown with a cinched waist. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Dawn Hudson opted for a simple red gown with gold accessories. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Young Hollywood's finest Chloe Grace Moretz looked stunning in a wheat-colored floral gown.(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis looked elegant in a cream-colored off-the-shoulder gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Ava DuVernay showed off her personal style in a blue gown with Eastern-inspired bell sleeves. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Edward Norton and wife Shauna Robertson kept it simple in classic formalwear. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rene Russo opted for a tiered white gown with edgy accessories. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Gwyneth Paltrow looked gorgeous in a pink one-shoulder gown with a floral shoulder detail. A sleek ponytail and earrings completed the actress's modern look.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris sure clean up nice! The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star looked handsome in a tux, while his comedian wife dazzled in a shimmery ballroom gown. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Robert Duvall (R) and Luciana Duvall attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Eddie Murphy opted for a cream tux. His girlfriend Paige Butcher looked fab in a purple gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Luciana Duvall looked absolutely gorgeous beside hubby Robert Duvall. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Oprah made an appearance in a sexy champagne gown. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian looked fab on the red carpet.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Solange Knowles wowed in a unique pantsuit. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Chris Evans was a total hottie in a slim-fitting tuxedo. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Andrea Riseborough opted for a simple yellow gown and feathered clutch. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Anna Kendrick, Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and "Boyhood" nominees Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke all arrived at Sunday's Academy Awards with waves to the fans along the red carpet.

Kendrick, wearing a peach colored gown, flashed a devil's sign in a saucy move not entirely unexpected of the "Pitch Perfect" actress.

"My heart melted, and I wanted to jump over the barricade, say hi, and sing with her!" gushed UCLA student Emilio Huerta, 19, in the stands with his mom Ofelia Huerta, 44.

Harris waved to fans while strutting by in a dapper grey suit, with his husband David Burtka, and Arquette blew kisses to the crowd. Hawke soon followed, giving fans a thumb's up.

Clear plastic tents shielded fans and the carpet itself from alternating moments of stormy weather and bright sun. Pink towels were handed out to wet arrivals.

The looks on the carpet ranged from starlet-of-the-moment Dakota Johnson decided on a ponytail to nominee Marion Cotillard, who wore a white Dior Couture gown with an overlay of circle cutouts, high collar and a caped effect at the back.

The 87th Academy Awards are buzzing with something the Oscars haven't always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night's biggest winners will be.

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu's backstage comedy "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" flies in with the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for.

"Birdman" also won best feature at Saturday's Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum. At the pre-Oscars beachside bash, star Michael Keaton, who won best actor, proclaimed the film "bold cinema" and "a game changer," a judgment shared by many in Hollywood who no doubt recognize something in Keaton's character's out-of-control ego.

But the coronation of "Birdman" is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood" will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners - Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Arquette ("Boyhood") - are virtual locks going into Sunday's show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," or it could be Keaton's career-topper in "Birdman," as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

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This year's crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $300 million.)

Possibly worse for the Oscars is that the lack of diversity in the nominees this year (all 20 nominated actors are white) turned off many potential viewers and led some to call for a boycott of the broadcast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are likely to aim for a telecast more inclusive than the nominees.

Planned performers include Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick, as well as Oscar-nominated original songs: Common and John Legend ("Glory" from "Selma"), Maroon 5 ("Lost Stars" from "Begin Again"), Tim McGraw ("I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell . I'll Be Me"), Rita Ora ("Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights") and Tegan and Sara with the Lonely Island ("Everything Is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie").

Oprah Winfrey (a co-star in "Selma") will be among the presenters, as will Eddie Murphy, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum and John Travolta.

Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" at last year's show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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