Oscar Video Preview: Neil Patrick Harris Hosts! An ‘Imitation Game’ Sweep? Pros/Cons of Watching

Neil Patrick Harris is making his Academy Awards host debut. How will he do? (Getty)

Have you seen all the Oscar nominated films this year?

If’ you’re like me, you probably have missed a few but I did pretty good this year with a few films like “The Imitation Game,” “Whiplash,” “Birdman,” and “Boyhood” still stuck in my head thanks to great writing, directing and the performances.

With some other films like “Still Alice,” “American Sniper” and, yes, “The Theory of Everything,” I felt like the performances outweighed the films but since I am not a film critic, I’ll leave my reviews at that…though I do hope “The Imitation Game” wins everything it’s up for including Benedict Cumberbatch, who can do no wrong.

And how could you not know the Oscars are this weekend and that Neil Patrick Harris is hosting? Unless you live under a rock, the buzz has been building and one only had to look to daytime and late night talk shows to find nominees, NPH and even Jimmy Fallon giving us the pros and cons of watching the ceremony. Let’s take a look at some of the clips from this past week.

First up, “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon“: 

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Next, Neil Patrick Harris talks on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about how he’s preparing for his latest hosting gig:

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Also, Cumberbatch stopped by Kimmel to talk about his role of playing Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”:

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And while nominee Keira Knightley talked more about her pregnancy than her Oscar nom on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” her husband is enjoying Oscar season:

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In the meantime, here are the main categories for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. A full list of nominees can be found on the Oscar telecast website.

Best Picture
“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Benedict Cumberbatch was heartbreaking as closeted Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game.'

Actor
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Actress
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Original Screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

Director
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

The 87th Annual Academy Awards air Sunday at 7pm on ABC.  

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