Oscar Watch: Marc Shaiman

Emmy-winning composer to act as conductor for telecast

Academy Awards producer Joe Roth said Wednesday that composer Marc Shaiman will serve as musical director and conductor for the 76th annual telecast on Feb. 29.

Shaiman has been nominated five times for an Oscar. He received three original score nods (“The American President,” “The First Wives Club,” “Patch Adams”), and two for original song, “A Wink and a Smile” from “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Blame Canada” from “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.”

He also won an Emmy for co-writing Billy Crystal’s “Oscar Medley” for the 72nd Oscarcast and nabbed a Tony Award and a Grammy for his work on Broadway tuner “Hairspray.”

The Academy Awards for film achievements of 2003 will be held at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland and telecast live on ABC.

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