Oscars 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The 2014 Oscars are upon us and we’ve got all the information you need on what time it starts, which celebrities will be there, the performers, and anything else you need to know. Read on.

1. There Will Be a 75th Anniversary Tribute To The Wizard Of Oz

Every awards show has a dedication of some sort and this year’s Oscars will be having a tribute for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, performed by Judy Garland’s children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft. There will also be several esteemed performers including Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler, Idina Menzel, Karen O, and U2. In addition, E! News just reported that Pink has been asked to perform as well. The producers of the show released this statement in regards to Pink’s appearance at the Oscars:

We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.

Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the ceremony for the second time at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

2. The Red Carpet Coverage Will Be Hosted By Several Outlets

According to Channel Guide Magazine:

ABC airs the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, with The Oscars Red Carpet Live beginning at 7pm ET and the awards ceremony beginning at 8:30pm ET. Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars airs following local news (ET/CT) and at 10pm PT.

For ABC, Good Morning America hosts Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will host the red carpet show with Tyson Beckford and magazine editor Jess Cagle of People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, as reported by the Los Angeles Time.

As far as E! News goes, here’s the run-down of their coverage:

Sunday, March 2, 2014
1:30 p.m. EST – 5:30 p.m. EST Countdown To The Red Carpet
5:30 p.m. EST – 8:30 p.m. EST Live From The Red Carpet
11:30 p.m. EST – 1:00 a.m. EST E! After Party: The 2014 Academy Awards

Monday, March 3, 2014
9:30 p.m. EST – 11:00 p.m. EST Fashion Police for the Oscars

3. The Presenters Include John Travolta, Bradley Cooper, Goldie Hawn and Angelina Jolie

The Oscars will be full of A-list celebrities, many of which will be presenting the awards. Have a look at the list that People posted on this year’s presenters:

Amy Adams
Kristen Bell
Jessica Biel
Jim Carrey
Glenn Close
Bradley Cooper
Penélope Cruz
Benedict Cumberbatch
Viola Davis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Robert De Niro
Zac Efron
Sally Field
Harrison Ford
Jamie Foxx
Andrew Garfield
Jennifer Garner
Whoopi Goldberg
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Anne Hathaway
Goldie Hawn
Chris Hemsworth
Kate Hudson
Samuel L. Jackson
Angelina Jolie
Michael B. Jordan
Anna Kendrick
Jennifer Lawrence
Matthew McConaughey
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray
Kim Novak
Tyler Perry
Brad Pitt
Sidney Poitier
Gabourey Sidibe
Will Smith
Kevin Spacey
Jason Sudeikis
Channing Tatum
Charlize Theron
John Travolta
Christoph Waltz
Kerry Washington
Emma Watson
Naomi Watts

As for the nominees, you can check them out in the below link:

4. The Gift Bags Are Worth Up To $80,000.00

Every year, the gift bags given out at the 2014 Oscars are filled with an insane amount of luxury goods. The Independent has a list of all the goodies celebrities will be taking home this year. Check them out in this list:

ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant surgery, Walk Japan tour, Best of Vegas holiday package, Halo natural pet food (host Ellen DeGeneres is an ambassador and actors can donate the food to an animal charity of their choice), Rocky Mountaineer train trip, Imanta Mexico holiday package, Dr Charles Runels’ O-Shot procedure to enhance sexual response, Steamist home spa system, Koala Landing resort stay in Kauai, Epic pet health therapy, Gizara arts print, Huntley Drive fitness training sessions, Krystal Klear filtered water system, Max Martin shoes, Le Petit Cirque lessons, A house call from respected acupuncturist Heather Lounsbury, Jan Lewis bracelet, Slow watch made in Switzerland, Acure skincare, Jitseu handbags, Narrative clip camera, Rouge organic maple syrup, Coolway Go Pro hairdryer, Mace pepper spray guns, Polar Loop activity tracker, M3K beauty products, Horse shampoo for humans, Chocolatines of flavours including ‘chocolate-dipped bacon’, ‘chianti wine with olive’ and ‘champagne brut with bleu cheese bark’, Knit & Co cable knit mittens, Slimware portion control dinnerware, Betty Jane candies, Blossoms Blends tea, Hydroxycut weight loss products, Dosha herbal tea lollipops, Aviv 613 vodka, Cannonball wine, Bee Free Honee organic apple honey, Wrag Wrap sustainable gift wrap, Simon’s Happy Pet shampoo

5. “Heroes” Will Be the Theme of This Year’s Show

Channel Guide Magazine reports that the theme for the Oscars 2014 is “heroes.”

The Oscars telecast’s theme will be a tribute to heroes, with “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” celebrated throughout, according to producers.