"It's going to be a celebration of movie heroes," Meron said in the video post, "the popular heroes, the real-life heroes, the animated heroes and the superheroes."
Here is the video, part of the Academy's #AskOscar social media campaign:
Ceremony host Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted the theme on Tuesday:
The #Oscars theme is movie heroes! Glad they specified the "movie" part. First I thought it was about sandwiches. That'd also be a good one.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 14, 2014
The show will also honor the filmmakers who bring the movie heroes to life.
In a later press release, producers Craig Zadan and Meron elaborated.
“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” the producing team said. “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,” Zadam and Meron said. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”
To coincide with the theme, the Academy will present “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. On display Jan. 17 through 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”) and literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”).
Last year's theme celebrated the music of the movies. In 2011, the Academy put the theme "You're Invited" to the forefront.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 8:35 a.m. ET / 5:35 a.m. PT. Watch them right here on TheGoldKnight.com.
The 86th 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 will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.