LOS ANGELES - Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are teaming up to co-host the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the two Hollywood veterans will share hosting duties at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, to be held March 7, 2010.
Martin has hosted the show twice before.
Telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said Martin
and Baldwin are "the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars."
The producers have said they hope to resurrect Oscar's ratings and make
the show more fun by building on the changes introduced at
February's ceremony, which tinkered with the way awards were
presented and featured Broadway-style musical interludes.
Bringing in a pair of hosts, while not unprecedented, continues
the theme of change.
The inaugural Oscar ceremony in 1929 was co-hosted by Douglas
Fairbanks and William DeMille, then president and vice president of
the film academy.
The last time multiple hosts graced the Oscar
stage was in 1987, when Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan
shared hosting duties.
"In the modern television era, this is the first time there
will be two co-hosts on the same stage," academy spokeswoman
Leslie Unger said Tuesday.
Hugh Jackman sang and danced as host of last year's Academy
Awards, which saw a ratings boost from the previous year. The
41-year-old actor declined to reprise his hosting role, according
to the Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety.
Martin has hosted the show twice before, in 2001 and 2003, and
has appeared as a presenter several times. Baldwin is a first-timer
as Oscar host, but was a co-presenter in 2004.
Baldwin, 51, who stars on NBC's "30 Rock," called the Oscar
gig "the opportunity of a lifetime." He was nominated for an
Academy Award in 2003 for his supporting role in "The Cooler."
Martin said that he is "happy to co-host the Oscars with my
enemy Alec Baldwin." The 64-year-old entertainer is currently on
tour in support of his latest banjo album. He and Baldwin share the
screen in Nancy Meyers' film "It's Complicated," due in theaters
Besides the dual-host approach, the 2010 Oscars have already
undergone a major makeover. The academy moved its honorary Oscars,
often a long-winded affair that bogged down the ceremony, to a
separate event in November.
And in the biggest change in decades, the academy doubled the
number of best-picture nominees from five to 10. Academy overseers
hope that might open the top category to a wider range of films,
including commercial movies that could attract more TV viewers.
The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented March 7, 2010, at the
Kodak Theatre. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2, 2010.
Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin to Host Oscars
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