The 86th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2013 and take place March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The ceremony has been scheduled well after its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2014 Winter Olympics.During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Academy Awards of Merit (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, which will be televised in the United States by ABC, will be produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, and will be directed by Hamish Hamilton. Ellen DeGeneres will host the show for the second time. She previously hosted the 79th ceremony in 2007
The Best Animated Feature Nominees
Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders, and Kristine Belson
Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, and Chris Meledandri
Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del Vecho
Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
The Best Animated Short Film Nominees
Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Disney’s Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, beating DreamWorks’ The Croods and Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 at the awards ceremony on Sunday. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee accepted the honor, and thanked the fans, the artists at Disney Animation and John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, for “being our fearless leaders” for the past eight years.
Frozen was the number two movie at the U.S. box office with another $15 million, bringing the film’s total take to $317.6 million Stateside. The new feature The Legend of Hercules was the number four movie, with $8.6 million and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug landed at the number six spot with another $8.015 million (and $242 million cume).
In other box office news, Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 had a phenomenal week during its opening in China, taking in $4 million and becoming the number one movie there. This was the best opening day gross for an animated film since Ice Age: Continental Drift premiered in the country in 2012. Despicable Me was never released in China. The Illumination pic is expected to make about $13.8 million for the weekend in China—bringing its global cume to $935.1 million, and becoming the fourth most popular animated movie of all time.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee accept the award for Best Animated Feature Film for Frozen.