The motion picture academy announced Friday that producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will oversee the 89th annual the Academy Awards that will air live on ABC on Feb. 26. Job one for the pair will be to find a host. They have worked together with great success on several editions of the non-televised Producers Guild of America awards, which are one of the best precursors to the Oscars.
De Luca has been to the Oscars three times as a nominee for producing Best Picture contenders “The Social Network” (2010), “Moneyball” (2011) and “Captain Phillips” (2013). This one-time executive at Sony Pictures, DreamWorks and New Line is currently producing the “50 Shades of Grey” franchise.
Todd, who worked with De Luca at New Line, is president of Pearl Street Films (the production company of Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon). She is credited as a producer for Affleck’s upcoming Oscar contender “Live by Night” and was executive producer on Damon’s summer hit “Jason Bourne.” She produced the “Austin Powers” pictures and her other credits include the critical hit “Memento” and the box office juggernaut “Alice in Wonderland.” She will be third women to produce the Oscars after Lili Zanuck (2000) and the late Laura Ziskin (2002, 2007).
In making the announcement, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “Mike and Jennifer have a great working relationship and a tremendous love and respect of film, and will surely draw from their vast experience to create an exceptional and unforgettable event for movie fans everywhere.” Added academy CEO Dawn Hudson, “In our meetings, they shared an early vision for the show that is inspired and in keeping with the films they’ve produced: entertaining, unexpected, and of the highest caliber.”
And in a joint statement De Luca and Todd said, “We both revere the Oscars and grew up watching them each year with our families. We are so humbled and grateful to be a part of this incredible legacy, and look forward to creating an exciting show that celebrates movies and the power they have to connect us all.”
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