The show doesn't start until 8 p.m. ET, but NBC will begin airing red-carpet interviews at 7 as stars arrive outside the Beverly Hilton. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will host the preshow, which will feature small-talk "interviews" with nominees and plenty of fashion-police snark.
Expect the bigger stars to arrive last, closer to 8. Attracting the most scrutiny will be the usual parade of sequined starlets (Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander) plus Lady Gaga, whose wardrobe choices always cause a stir.