On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 2014

Film and TV Awards

Jan 8 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)

Television Debut

Jan 12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

Golden Globes

Jan 12 Woody Allen receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

  • Jan 12 71st Golden Globes: "12 Years a Slave", Matthew McConaughey, & Cate Blanchett win
  • Jan 16 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film
  • Jan 26 30th Sundance Film Festival: "Whiplash", directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film & TV History

Feb 5 Google Vice President Susan Wojcicki is named CEO of YouTube

Film & TV History

Feb 6 Jay Leno ends his time on "The Tonight Show"

  • Feb 6 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan

Conference of Interest

Feb 14 Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference

BAFTA Awards

Feb 16 67th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "12 Years a Slave" Best Film, Alfonso Cuarón Best Director

Television Premiere

Feb 17 "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" premieres on NBC

  • Feb 22 45th NAACP Image Awards: "12 Years a Slave" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film & TV History

Feb 26 Seth Rogen testifies about Alzheimer's disease before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services

  • Mar 1 34th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Movie 43" wins
  • Mar 2 86th Academy Awards: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett win

Film Premiere

Mar 13 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, premieres in Los Angeles

Music Single

Mar 17 Sia releases her single "Chandelier" with a music video featuring Maddie Ziegler

  • Apr 6 WrestleMania XXX, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA (75,167): Daniel Bryan defeats Batista and Randy Orton in Triple Threat title match

Film Premiere

Apr 10 "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres in London

Hall of Fame

Apr 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; Nirvana; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; The E Street Band; Brian Epstein; and Andrew Loog Oldham

Television Premiere

Apr 15 US TV series "Fargo" created by Noah Hawley, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman premieres on FX

Music Concert

Apr 17 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, and Bryn Terfel

Television Premiere

Apr 27 "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" late-night talk and news show fronted by John Oliver premieres on HBO

Film & TV History

Apr 28 Craig Ferguson announces he will leave "The Late Late Show" at the end of 2014

  • May 3 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 18 60th British Academy Television Awards: "A League of Their Own" Best Comedy, "Broadchurch" Best Drama
  • May 25 67th Cannes Film Festival: "Winter Sleep" directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d'Or

Film Release

May 30 Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is released to theatres, MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen

Music History

May 31 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube

Music Single

Jun 3 Dove Cameron releases a single, “Count Me In"

Tony Awards

Jun 8 Audra McDonald wins a Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"

Film & TV History

Jun 9 Laverne Cox becomes the first transgender person to appear on the cover of "Time" Magazine

Film & TV History

Jun 18 British actor Ian McKellen is awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University, becoming a Doctor of Letters

Film Premiere

Jun 19 "Transformers: Age of Extinction" directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion)

Film & TV History

Jun 19 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Orange Is the New Black wins Best Comedy Series, Breaking Bad wins Best Drama Series

  • Jun 30 Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is convicted of indecent assault in London, England

Film & TV History

Jul 1 Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the CBS series "Criminal Minds"

  • Jul 4 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors

Film Premiere

Jul 21 "Guardians of the Galaxy", directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles

  • Jul 22 News broadcaster Al Jazeera claim that its office in Gaza is under attack by the Israeli Defence Force
  • Jul 24 47th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Music History

Jul 28 Linda Ronstadt receives the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. [1]

Emmy Awards

Aug 25 66th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers broadcast on NBC

Film Premiere

Aug 27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • Aug 27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 14 39th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Imitation Game" directed by Morten Tyldum wins the People's Choice Award

Album Release

Sep 16 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades

Film & TV History

Sep 18 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

Television Premiere

Sep 24 US sitcom "Black-ish" premieres created by Kenya Barris, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross

Sports History

Oct 5 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

Film Premiere

Nov 10 "The Hunger Games" Mockingjay - Part 1" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson premieres in London

Film Premiere

Dec 1 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 2 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations

Music History

Dec 4 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

  • Dec 17 Sony Pictures cancels the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and James Franco, after a cyber attack on the studio

Film Release

Dec 25 "Unbroken", drama film directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O'Connell and Domhall Gleeson, released in the United States