Oscars will celebrate movie heroes

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Nominations Day is on January 16!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the upcoming 86th Academy Awards on March 2 will focus on celebrating movie heroes.

In a news release, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Mero said the Oscars “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.” There were definitely some heroic characters that crossed the silver screen this past year, like Robert Downey Jr.’s “Tony Stark” in Iron Man 3, Jennifer Lawrence’s “Katniss Everdeen” in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Sandra Bullock’s space-stranded astronaut in Gravity.

The academy also plans to have an exhibition called “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes” at its Beverly Hills headquarters. According to the Oscars press release, the heroic films honored at the exhibition will include real-life heroes (like Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi), super heroes (like Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, in The Dark Knight), animated heroes (like Shrek and The Incredibles), action heroes (like Seven Samurai and Gladiator), and more.

So, get that cape ironed and those batarangs sharpened, because this Thursday, the Oscar nominations will be announced early in the morning!

Images courtesy of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences/ The Oscars Facebook.