Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hosts can go 'crazy' at Oscars

Hamish Hamilton is directing the Oscars show for the first time
Hamish Hamilton is directing the Oscars show for the first time

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are welcome to go "crazy" when they host the Oscars, the show's director has joked.

Brit Hamish Hamilton is at the helm of the awards show for the first time, and joked of the famous hosts: "If they're crazy, I can be just as crazy!"

Hamish earned industry kudos for his work on the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and, most recently, America's Super Bowl half-time show.

The director said his experience has prepared him for any mischief his two off-beat comedy hosts could get themselves into at the Academy Awards.

He said: "I'm used to it. I come from more of a music background and I'm used to working with crazy presenters. There's been stuff thrown at me over the years which is really quite off the wall, so I'm hoping it doesn't go to that extreme but I'm ready and waiting."

"Whatever they do I'll be there to get it down the lens and on television," Hamish promised.

He jokingly added: "In some ways if they are crazy it's going to get headlines and everybody is going to watch it!"

Hamish said he suspected he'd been the victim of an elaborate prank when he was asked if he'd like to take charge of the Oscar show broadcast. "My phone rang at the end of last year and I thought it was a crank call," he laughed. "I honestly never dreamt I'd get to sit in the big chair, I'm really honoured and really delighted to be pointing the cameras."

He admitted there have been "sleepless nights", but added: "I've almost gone through the fear barrier now."

The Oscars take place in LA on March 7.

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