The 87th annual Academy Awards are just days away, and while most film fanatics are speculating about which actors, actresses, directors and films will win the biggest prizes, others are wondering what they can expect from this year’s ceremony. Whether it’s a name flub or a shocking performance, it’s almost guaranteed something unexpected will happen at the 2015 Oscars. Here are five of our silliest predictions for the event this Sunday:
1. Viewers will hate on Neil Patrick Harris
It seems inevitable that every year a large majority of the public hates the Oscar host. While Neil Patrick Harris is no beginner in hosting televised awards shows, this is his first run at the Academy Awards. Let’s hope for his sake that he can top Ellen’s infamous Oscar selfie and mid-show pizza delivery enough to keep the Twitter commenters at bay.
2. Twitter will explode over “Fifty Shades” and "Hunger Games” cameos
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson (Anastasia “Ana” Steele) is set to make a cameo at this year’s show. Another notable star scheduled to present is “Hunger Games” franchise actor Josh Hutcherson, who plays opposite Jennifer Lawrence as Peeta Mellark in the films. Following the release of the “Mockingjay” deleted scene Monday, and the record-breaking debut of “Fifty Shades,” you can bet social media will react in a big way when they step onstage to present Sunday night.
3. There will most likely be another name flub
Dick Poop, anyone? With foreign filmmakers such as Ryszard Lenczewski (“Ida”), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“Birdman”) and Isao Takahata (“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”) on the list of nominees, it’s safe to assume that a name flub of some capacity will most likely occur at this year’s Oscars. After all, even the biggest A-listers in Hollywood seem to have trouble with this. Yes, you, John Travolta!
4. Lady Gaga will leave us confused
Lady Gaga is scheduled perform during the 87th annual show, and you can bet her performance will be a show-stopper. While it’s impossible to predict what the eccentric "Born This Way" singer will bring to the table, her past performances give us a clue that that her segment won't be something we will soon forget. However, it is worth noting that her performance at this year’s Grammys with Tony Bennett was noticeably tame.
5. Anna Kendrick will bring down the house
Former Oscar-nominated actress and “Into the Woods” star Anna Kendrick also will be performing at the show. “Out of the woods and on to the Oscar stage, Anna will be performing something special that is sure to be an ‘Only on the Oscars’ moment,” the academy recently teased in a statement. While Kendrick will most likely be serenading audiences with a song from “Into the Woods” — she played Cinderella in the feature film — she may surprise us with a sneak peek performance from “Pitch Perfect 2.” Hey, a girl can dream!
The 87th annual Oscars begins Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.