Oscar taps top personnel

Horvitz took home kudos for 'Kennedy Center'

The 76th Academy Awards are taking shape.

Louis Horvitz has been tapped to direct the Oscarcast, which will be his eighth. Horvitz has been nommed for 10 directing Emmys, and took home the kudos for the 1996 “The Kennedy Center Honors” and both the 70th and 72nd Academy Awards.

“Only a handful of directors have the chops and no one is more skilled at it than Lou,” commented Joe Roth, the show’s producer.

Michael B. Seligman will be the supervising producer, marking his 27th year of work with the show. Seligman specializes in producing live broadcasts worldwide, and his credits include more than 300 television events. He last worked as supervising producer alongside Horvitz on the “55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” as well as “CBS at 75,” which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the network.

Roy Christopher will again give his artistic touch as 15-time production designer to the Oscar presentation.

The ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Kodak Theater.

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