Watch Oscar nominations 2015

When and where to watch -- nominees, performers

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tonight, the 87th Academy Awards invade the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, as the movie world's brightest stars compete for the top honors in the industry.

This has been an interesting season for the Academy Awards with controversy over a lack of diversity among this year's nominees and the Best Picture race still very much up in the air. will have minute-by-minute coverage of tonight's events, starting with the night's Red Carpet festivities. Here's everything you need to know:

What: 87th Academy Awards

When: Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. The show takes place in Los Angeles and will be hosted by Broadway and television star Neil Patrick Harris. The show is expected to go until 11:30 p.m. But this is the Oscars so prepared to stay awake until closer to midnight.

Pre-show: Backstage and red carpet coverage will begin at 7 p.m. via the WATCH ABC app. Select the "watch live" section of the app and enjoy early coverage of the show. Fans can also watch a live stream of the show via the WATCH ABC app.

Red Carpet: E! will have the night's most elaborate red carpet coverage with its "Live From the Red Carpet: The 2015 Academy Awards" special starting at 5:30 p.m. will have photos from the red carpet and analysis by Allison Carey starting at around 6 p.m.

Nominees: The films nominated in this year's big categories include "Boyhood, " "Birdman, " "American Sniper, " "Foxcatcher, " "Whiplash, " "Selma, " "The Grand Budapest Hotel, " "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." You can check out the full list of nominees in every category HERE.

Performers: Each of this year's nominees for Best Original Song will be performed by the likes of John Legend and Common, Tim McGraw, Rita Ora, Maroon 5 and Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island. There will also be special tribute performances from Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga and Jack Black.

Presenters: The list of presenters at this year's event is a long one and includes Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Scarlett Johansson Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum, David Oyelowo, Josh Hutcherson, John Travolta, Jared Leto, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Terrence Howard, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Murphy, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Chris Pine, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Oprah Winfrey, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, and Reese Witherspoon.

Predictions: The Plain Dealer's Clint O'Connor has been making his predictions over the past week. See his on this year's categories, starting with Best Actor.

Local fun: The Greater Cleveland Film Commission will host its annual Road to the Red Carpet Oscar party on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center. This is the sixth year for the black-tie gala.

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