By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 23, 2009 at 5:32AM
It's no surprise, given that composer Marc Shaiman worked with co-producer Adam Shankman on the musical Hairspray, that he will do the music director honors for the 82nd Academy Awards. Shankman cited Will Ferrell and Jack Black’s comedy numbers as examples of the hilarity that he hopes Shaiman will bring to the occasion: “He’s a genius! And he’d be the first to tell you!”
“With Marc on board, we are sure to have some great musical and, hopefully, hysterical moments,” said producer Bill Mechanic.
Shaiman has five Oscar nominations under his belt, for original score (The American President, The First Wives Club and Patch Adams) and original song (“A Wink and a Smile” from Sleepless in Seattle and for "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut). Shaiman has also been nominated for four Emmys, of which three were for his work on Oscar telecasts; he won the Emmy in 1992 for co-writing Billy Crystal’s “Oscar Medley” for the 64th Academy Awards. The Oscar telecast will air March 7 on ABC.