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Horvitz set to direct Oscarcast

Emmy Award-winning kudocast director Louis J. Horvitz will direct the 69th Academy Awards show, producer Gil Cates announced Monday.

Horvitz, who makes his Oscar directing debut, takes over from Jeff Margolis, who helmed the previous eight Academy Awards shows.

“The Academy Awards telecast is the top of the mountain for directors who specialize in live television events,” Cates said. “Lou Horvitz is one of the best in the business and I’m looking forward to him to deliver one of the best Oscar shows ever.”

Horvitz’s career has included more than 5,000 hours of television, including five “CableAce Awards,” the last four “Primetime Emmy Awards” and four years of “The Kennedy Center Honors,” for which he received an Emmy this year.

He also has directed the “Daytime Emmy Awards,” “People’s Choice Awards” and “American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.” Horvitz’s direction of “Frank Sinatra’s 80th Birthday Special” garnered him a nomination for a Directors Guild of America award.

Speaking of Margolis, Cates said, “I loved working with Jeff Margolis in the past and look forward to working with him again in the future.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Arthur Hiller added, “We’ve enjoyed our relationship tremendously and we’ll miss him this year, but we fully expect to have him back in the future.”

The 69th Academy Awards show will be held March 24 at the Shrine Auditorium and will be broadcast live beginning at 6 p.m. on ABC.

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