President of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, promised radical changes to the voting, following the criticized lack of representation. The president of the organization that bestows the Oscars said she was "heartbroken and frustrated" by the lack of diversity among this year's nominees, and announced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would take "dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership."
Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor win became the most-tweeted moment in Oscar history.
At age 87, Ennio Morricone was the oldest nominated person of the 2016's Oscars and also in the Best Original Score category.
First Academy Awards since The 80th Annual Academy Awards with no "shut-outs" for the Best Picture nominees. Every single film nominated for Best Picture received at least one Oscar.
Neil Patrick Harris confirmed to his fans that he was hosting through Twitter in which he posted a video of him crossing "Host the Oscars" off of his bucket list.
Internet backlash came after the nominations were announced when the critically and commercially successful film The Lego Movie wasn't nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.
Ellen DeGeneres was asked to host after hosting the year prior, but declined.
Julianne Moore is the first actress in 62 years to win Best Actress in a Leading Role while being in her fifties.
Patricia Arquette's comment on gender inequality, during Oscar acceptance speech for Boyhood, instantly made her viral as the millions of people watching the telecast at home weighed in. Women's groups say that the only times they have seen more buzz around the topic of income disparity was when Lilly Ledbetter, the activist who sued Goodyear for paying her less than male counterparts, addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2012 and when Barack Obama took up the mantle of equal pay in State of the Union address in 2015.
On January 16, 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated songwriters Bruce Broughton and Dennis Speigel for Best Original Song for the title song to the film Alone Yet Not Alone. Two weeks later, on January 29, 2014, the Board of Governors voted to rescind the nomination after AMPAS found out that Broughton, a former governor and executive committee member of the Academy's music branch at the time, had improperly contacted other branch members by e-mail solicitation for support. AMPAS did not replace the nomination with a runner-up, and only four songs were nominated.
Dallas Buyers Club becomes the first movie to win both male acting Oscars in ten years, for its stars Matthew McConaughey (lead) and Jared Leto (supporting). The previous time this happened was when Sean Penn (lead) and Tim Robbins (supporting) won for Mystic River at The 76th Academy Awards in 2004.
Receiving her 18th acting nomination, Meryl Streep breaks her own record of most nominations received by an actor or actress.
John Travolta accidentally mispronounced the name of Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" while introducing her to perform Best Original Song nominee (and winner) "Let It Go" from Frozen. News of Travolta's faux pas quickly went viral across the Internet, to the point that a fake Playbill insert for Menzel's Broadway musical "If/Then" proclaimed Menzel would be replaced by "Adele Dazeem" for subsequent performances.