The show will honor heroes: real-life ("Gandhi," "Silkwood"), literary ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Grapes of Wrath"), action heroes ("Gladiator"), superheroes ("Superman," "The Dark Knight") and animated heroes ("The Incredibles," "Shrek"). An ABC release offered those titles, but there will be many more.
This year's ceremony will be the 86th edition of the world's most famous entertainment prize.
Ellen DeGeneres will return as the Oscar host. "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."
DeGeneres will be a heroine if she makes the Oscar telecast entertaining.