Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will co-host the 82nd Academy Awards, producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced Tuesday. Martin is a veteran of the ceremony, having hosted the 73rd and 75th telecasts, even receiving an Emmy nomination for his first run.
Martin is currently touring with the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers in support of his latest album “The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo.” In 1977 and 1978 Martin won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording. He earned a third Grammy in 2001 in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category. In 2007 Martin earned a Kennedy Center Honor.
Baldwin received an Oscar nomination in 2003 for his supporting role in “The Cooler,” and also presented an award that year. Baldwin currently stars as Jack Donaghy on the comedy “30 Rock,” a role for which he has won two Emmys (in 2008 and 2009). Baldwin earned a Tony nomination in 1992 for his performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
“We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said Shankman and Mechanic. “Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”
The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented March 7, 2010 and will be televised live in the United States on ABC. The ceremony will also be presented live in over 200 countries.