The 86th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the actors, technical achievements, and films of 2013 and took place on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The ceremony was scheduled one week later than usual to avoid conflict with the broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as was the case in 2006 and 2010. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented awards in 24 categories. Televised in the United States by ABC, the ceremony was produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Television personality Ellen DeGeneres hosted the show for the second time, after hosting the 79th ceremony in 2007. With 43.74 million viewers, this was the most watched Oscar ceremony since 2000.
Gravity won seven awards, the most for the ceremony, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. 12 Years a Slave won three awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Dallas Buyers Club also won three awards, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto respectively. Other winners included Frozen and The Great Gatsby, with two awards each. Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award for Blue Jasmine; other films to win one award were The Great Beauty, Helium, Her, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Mr Hublot, and 20 Feet from Stardom. Cuarón and Catherine Martin were the only individuals to win multiple awards, with two trophies each.