10 moments to look out for at the 88th Academy Awards

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The Oscars isn't all about who is nominated and who wins. At such a star studded event, there is bound to be lots more going on. Here’s a look at 10 starry moments to watch for on Hollywood’s biggest night.

A power couple stroll

Will we get a Brangelina red carpet moment? As one of Hollywood's favourite pair, it would be nice to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hit the Oscars again. Pitt is a producer on The Big Short, which is up for five Oscar nominations (including best picture), so it’s looking likely. So here’s hoping.

Bittersweet goodbyes

Grab a hanky. The In Memoriam segment this year will say goodbye to many revered talents, likely including Alan Rickman, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Robert Loggia and Wes Craven. The Artist pup Uggie died last year, too. *sob*


Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and The Weeknd are pitted against one another in the best original song category, and they’re set to perform, too. We’re just praying for no Grammys-style technical difficulties. (Kudos to Adele who handled it like a boss!)

Comedians bringing it

Let’s be honest — it’s off-the-cuff moments that make live shows fun. We’re looking to host Chris Rock and presenters Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Tina Fey to keep us laughing.

Gowns galore

The red carpet will be full of fashion favourites, including nominees Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander (a face of Louis Vuitton), Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Lawrence (who boasts a Dior contract), Kate Winslet and Rooney Mara. Will glam presenters like Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon stick to safer, muted palettes or show up in something splashier?

Couples to watch

Low-key couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, both nominees, avoided the kiss cam at the BAFTAs last weekend, but maybe they’re just waiting for the Oscars to finally walk the carpet together? We’re also curious who Jennifer Lawrence’s plus one is, since in the past, she has brought her best friend. Same goes for Leonardo DiCaprio, who typically brings his mom. (Awwww!)

Scene stealers

In between taking selfies with Rachel McAdams and Gaga, 9-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay has charmed everyone from Conan O’Brien to cynical journalists this awards season. (Example: “I know where to put this: on the shelf right beside my Millennium Falcon,” he said sweetly at the Critics’ Choice podium.) Keep an eye out for the adorable kid in the tux.

Rocky redux

The original Rocky won best picture, but Sylvester Stallone missed out on acting and screenplay awards. With a recent Globes win under his belt for Creed, will Stallone finally take home an acting statuette with his name on it? 

‘Titanic’ wins?

It will be shocking if DiCaprio doesn’t win for The Revenant, but imagine if Kate Winslet won, too, for Steve Jobs! It happened at the Globes, and we would pay good money to hear Jack or Rose crack a Titanic pun at the podium.

Chris Rock’s opening monologue

You better be in your seats for the first 10 minutes, because all eyes are on Rock’s likely history-making opening monologue, which might target those responsible for #OscarsSoWhite. In the words of Don Cheadle, “this is (Rock’s) sweet spot. He’s smart, he’s loud, he’s skewering and he’s judicious about who gets it. Everybody will get it.” Tune in.