While we are still many months away from the 96th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences has set its creative team for this year’s edition, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Raj Kapoor, who has worked with the Academy for many years, will act as showrunner and executive producer for next year’s ceremony, with Katy Mullan also acting as executive producer. Hamish Hamilton will be directing this year’s ceremony, having not helmed the show since 2010. Rounding up the team are creative director Kenny Gravillis, production designers Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley, red carpet show executive producer David Chamberlin, and red carpet creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila.
In a joint statement, Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang state, “Raj and Hamish have been incredible Oscars collaborators, and we are delighted to welcome them and Katy to lead the 96th Oscars. Their deep love of cinema, fresh vision, and tremendous live television expertise is perfect for our reinvigorated show. We’re excited to work with them and our remarkable creative team — Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley, David Chamberlin, Lisa Love, and Raúl Àvila — to deliver an exceptional show for audiences worldwide.”
With the SAG-AFTRA strike still happening, there has been no word on who will host the ceremony. Of course, the show would probably not happen on March 10, 2024, if the strike continues, as actors could not participate in the ceremony, which is one of the biggest draws for the televised show. The AMPTP’s refusal to pay and treat their actors fairly has already caused a delay for the Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place a day after the Critics Choice Awards, on January 15.