Oscars choose MTV awards veteran to direct show

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2009 2:00 PM

Academy Awards overseers have chosen an entertainment veteran to direct the next Oscar show.

Hamish Hamilton is directing the 82nd Oscar broadcast on March 7.

Hamilton's credits include directing the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards, along with live concerts by such performers as U2, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Christina Aguilera.

He also is directing the halftime show at the Super Bowl the month before the Oscars.

Adam Shankman, one of the producers of the Oscars, says Hamilton will bring a fresh eye and expertise in TV technology to stage a cutting-edge show.

Oscar nominations come out Feb. 2. The March 7 awards ceremony airs live on ABC.