Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and Into the Woods actor Chris Pine announced the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 15. Joined by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the famous trio revealed which actors, animators, directors, screenwriters and more are being recognized this year.
The Oscars will be broadcast live from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony, which will be televised in more than 225 countries.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan also produced the show for ABC in 2012 and 2013.
Harris' writing team includes Dave Boone, Tim Carvell, Derek DelGaudio, Liz Feldman, Paul Greenberg, Paula Pell and Mason Steinberg. "It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year's Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show," Harris, 41, said in a statement. "To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true." In a joint statement, Meron and Zadan explained their decision to hire the Gone Girl star, saying, "We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."