I’m surprised that I kind of like this?
Oscars Ceremony to Celebrate Movie Heroes
9:30 AM PST 1/14/2014 by THR Staff
“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a joint statement.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will celebrate movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said Tuesday.
The duo said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, superheroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the filmmakers who have brought them to live in theaters.
“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” Zadan and Meron said in a joint statement. “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 moviegoing 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.”
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 from Jan. 17-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), superheroes (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.
Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the Oscar ceremony, airing live March 2 on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host,” the producers said. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”
The Oscar nominations will be announced at 5:35 a.m. PT on Thursday by Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth.
I like this too. It’ll be cool if they can get a decent amount of them in costume and on stage together.
Excellent theme, and will certainly be better than the musical theme last year.
Please let this mean that Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Christian Bale will present together in Batman costumes.
I vote next year, Oscars should celebrate villains! That would be awesome.
Eh I don’t think the Oscars need a theme. They just need to celebrate the best movies of the year. Last year the host didn’t even mention Benh Zeitlin, his incredible accomplishment of getting nominated for best director and best original screenplay at age 30. Nothing was said about the directors, only the celebrity actors. Who is Emmanuelle Riva? Oh, wow, that looks like a really interesting film, I may want to check it out, even if it is in French. Kathryn Bigelow made Zero Dark Thirty about the CIA heroes who found Bin Laden? Wow I didn’t realize that, I thought it was about all the seals I saw in the commercials…this sounds really good. There was none of that, unfortunately. Just pointless fluff. And celebrating heroes? People who watch the Oscars want to get away from the superheroes and mindless dreck that is produced. I wish I were producing the Oscars…I’d nail it. I can’t wait to see how uninspired the heroes montage will be. Yup, every Spielberg and Lucas populist hero will be shown, same old same old, to John Williams music. Bet on it!