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Hamish Hamilton to direct Oscars

November 18, 2009 | 11:04 am

Industry veteran Hamish Hamilton is the director for the 82nd Academy Awards telecast. Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, who serve as producers for this year's ceremony, made the announcement today.

British native Hamilton has helmed numerous major live events since the late '90s, including the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and multiple editions of the MTV Europe Music Awards and Victoria's Secret fashion shows. He has also directed specials for U2, Christina Aguilera and, most recently, Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night/NYC" this year.

The 82nd Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 2 with the ceremony on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

— Paul Gaita