Oscar watch

Sid Ganis has been appointed for a second consecutive year to chair the Academy Awards Governors Ball Committee by Arthur Hiller, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The 1997 Governors Ball will be held at the Shrine Expo Hall following the live ABC telecast of the Oscar presentation on March 24.

The former Columbia/TriStar marketing president, who is now producing under his Out of the Blue … Entertainment banner on the Sony Pictures lot, is first vice president of the Academy and a member of the board of governors representing the public relations branch.

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