Like telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, Hamilton is a newcomer to Oscar duties.
For anyone covering the Oscars, the plan for 10 nominations was a radical move.
With 20 animated features submitted for consideration, a five-nom category is virtually assured.
The dates are set for a flood of screenings, cocktail receptions and Q&A sessions, with plenty more to come. This means only one thing: Awards season is here!
There are 65 countries in the running for the foreign-language Oscar this year, according to the list unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences this morning.
The show onstage was almost an afterthought compared to the pre-show hoopla.
Showbiz has lost one of its defining voices, one who honed his craft in the bygone era of close-knit Hollywood and evolved through the many iterations of the industry.
This year, Venice mixes works from established helmers and newcomers.
The number nine seems to have nine lives in '09.
Newly elected AMPAS president Tom Sherak on Wednesday expressed high-energy enthusiasm for his new job and hinted that changes are on the agenda.