OSCARS: A Celebration Of Movie Heroes – Theme Of 2014 Telecast

oscar__130923143016__131213223904BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The 86th Academy Awards® will be a celebration of movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Offering their first preview of the upcoming Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the producers said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” said Zadan and Meron. “People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our movie-going experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy. And that includes the filmmakers and actors who take risks and stimulate us with provocative subjects and daring characters. They are all heroes in the cinematic landscape.”

“Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host,” the producers added. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”

To coincide with the Oscar telecast theme, the Academy will present “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. On display Friday, January 17 through Wednesday, March 5, the show will feature still photographs and posters from 70 titles spanning nine decades, as well as video montages comprised of excerpts from classic and contemporary films. The exhibit will include films centered on real-life heroes (“Gandhi,” “Silkwood”), super heroes (“Superman,” “The Dark Knight”), animated heroes (“Shrek,” “The Incredibles”), action heroes (“Seven Samurai,” “Gladiator”), literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”) and more.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:35 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


  1. Guess we won’t be celebrating Hannibal Lecter, Anton Chigurth, Edwin Epps, Hans Landa, Shellen Strawn and so many other great characters based on this year’s theme.

    Don’t want to be weird, but for me the folks mentioned above are many of my favorite film character heroes except, of course, Edwin Epps who is just one troubled, nasty, vicious and unhappy man.

  2. What about the heroes in the eleventh year anniversary edition of the Academy Award winning movie, “Chicago?”

  3. Will someone explain to me why the Golden Globes can present 26 awards on air in 3 hours, but the Oscars can’t present 24 awards on air without pushing 4 hours. I know the Oscars have an “In Memorium” section that the Globes don’t have but really. It’s all these ‘Themes” and song and dance routines, etc. that bloat the show. Just present the awards and wrap it up.

    1. I tend to defend the Oscar telecast left and right but this “hero” decision has me seriously questioning the intelligence of the people in charge.

  4. In re to the Series Hannibal: I have no idea how big an
    audience they have. I personally think its the most boring series ever made, besides being repulsive. I sincerely hope they don’t
    renew it!


  5. What about Gerard Butler, King Leonidas, “This is Sparta” isn’t hero enough? Mike Banning saved the USA from terrorists in Olympus Has Fallen and Beowulf was the reluctant hero in Beowulf and Grandel.
    Are the Oscars snubbing Gerard Butler or what?

  6. I agree with Jessie. Oscar snubs a lot of actor’s and actresses and movies. Her is an Oscar nominated movie and not The Butler???? American Hustle was an ok movie, not but what about movies the public wanted to see Hunger Games Catching Fire.
    This “Hero” theme is also a yawn – real life hero’s Superman, correct me if I’m wrong but he was not real he originated from the comic’s. Gerard Butler has always been snubbed and will continue he played more real life hero’s Leonidan, Beowulf his last real life hero was Sam Childers a modern real life hero who saves more children than these stuff shirts can count. Just another HW good ole boy back thumping event

    1. Cannot believe I forgot to mention Machine Gun Preacher. Truly a passion project for Gerard Butler. Lest I forget Coriolanus as well. In my opinion he is one of the most underrated actors of our time. I hope you are wrong about “continuing to be ignored.” We shall see what Oscar has to offer instead of the same old. Hoping for a change and recognize a hero when they see it.

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