Thursday 23 January 2020

Adam Shankman's return to Oscars

Adam Shankman got his start dancing at the Oscars
Adam Shankman got his start dancing at the Oscars

Hairspray director Adam Shankman says producing this year's Oscar show is like returning to his roots.

"I owe everything to this moment, the Oscars was my first big dancing job 20 years ago, it was kind of how I got my start," he explained.

Adam has been working flat-out for months to ensure an extra special show this year, alongside his co-producer Bill Mechanic, the former head of Twentieth Century Fox.

But for the filmmaker, not only is it an honour to work on the show, but it brings back some bizarre memories.

"I danced to Under The Sea, Paula Abdul was the choreographer! [Producing] is much more stressful, I will tell you that," Adam laughed.

He says we should expect a different take on things this year.

"The energy of the show changes a lot depending who the host is. I think Hugh Jackman was fabulous last year, it was a lot about charm. This year Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, it's going to be a lot about funny and pace and energy," he said.

He added: "You know what's so sad? I won't be sitting in the audience watching the show - I'll be backstage with the hosts.

"The last time I was there I was dressed in a teal Lycra pirate costume, maybe I'll wear that again this year to book end my life!"

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