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Marc Shaiman is music director for 82nd Academy Awards

November 23, 2009 | 10:16 am


Marc Shaiman has been named music director for the 82nd Academy Awards.

The prolific composer-arranger, who has three Oscar nominations for original score ("The American President," 1995; "First Wives Club," 1996; and "Patch Adams," 1998) and two for original song (1994's "A Wink and a Smile" from "Sleepless in Seattle;" and "Blame Canada" from "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut" in 2004) to his name, has a long association with the awards telecast -- he won an Emmy for his inspired song-medleys for Billy Crystal's stint as host of the the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, and netted two others for 1991 and 2004 -- and his 2009 tenure will reunite him with "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman, who is serving as producer of the show along with Bill Mechanic. 

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced on Feb. 2, 2010, with the ceremony taking place March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

-- Paul Gaita

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Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times