The theme for this year’s Oscars has been announced, and it’s a good one. The 86th Academy Awards will be celebrating all things heroes.
Cinematic heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and this year the Oscars will recognize all of them. From the big-screen real-life heroes (Ghandi, Silkwood) to superheroes (The Dark Knight, Superman) to popular heroes (The Hunger Games) to the animated (Shrek), action heroes (Seven Samurai, Gladiator) and even the anti-hero (Wolf of Wall Street).
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron explained the reasoning behind the theme, “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.”
To coincide with the hero theme, movie buffs in the Los Angeles area will be in for a treat, courtesy of the Academy, when they present the exhibit “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes” in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. The exhibit will feature still photos and movie posters from 70 iconic and timeless films that span nine decades, and video montages of both classic and modern day films.
The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes exhibition will run from January 17 – March 5.
The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced live on Thursday January 16 at 5:38am PST from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.
And finally, the 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will be presented on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theater and broadcasted live on ABC at 7e|4p.