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Louis J. Horvitz to Direct 78th Annual Academy Awards®


Beverly Hills, CA — Director Louis J. Horvitz will call the shots at the 78th Annual Academy Awards® telecast, show producer Gil Cates has announced.

This will be Horvitz’s tenth time directing the Academy Awards show. He has received four Emmy Awards, three of which have come for his Oscar telecast work.

Horvitz just directed “The Kennedy Center Honors” for the 14th time and in September directed his 12th Primetime Emmy Awards. He recently also served his 13th stint as co-producer/director of “The People’s Choice Awards,” his 10th year as executive producer-director of “An Evening of Stars” and his 12th year as director of “The American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.”

In a career that has spanned three decades, Horvitz has helmed numerous other high-profile programs including the “Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Kids Choice Awards,” “CBS at 75,” “Lifetime’s Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World,” VH-1’s “DIVAS,” “Macy’s July 4th Spectacular,” “The 2004 MTV-Movie Awards,” “The Bad Boys of Comedy,” “The VH-1 Concert for New York City” benefiting survivors of 9/11, and “U2 Half Time at the Superbowl.” He is currently putting the finishing touches on “An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder,” which will air on January 26.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.


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