2015 Oscars Red Carpet coverage

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final countdown to the Oscars has begun and the winners will soon be revealed. But first — tune in to see who walks the red carpet — and what they will be wearing.

The 87th Annual Academy Awards hosted by Neil Patrick Harris will begin on Sunday at 8 p.m.

When the award show begins at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, it will be buzzing with something the Oscars haven’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

The Oscars may also have another sight unusual to Southern California: rain. Light afternoon showers are expected, which could dampen red-carpet arrivals — though the carpet itself is under a glass tent.

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman” 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 film academy members will vote for.