9 PM UPDATE: No deal yet, but negotiations are underway.
What a shocker that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is seriously considering a director who actually knows how to helm a ratings- and audience-grabbing awards and music telecast. Or has actually watched television. I’m hearing that British director Hamish Hamilton may be hired by Oscar telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman to direct the 82nd Academy Awards. Hamilton has a string of TV direction credits a mile long, including the MTV Video Music Awards (2009 & 2007), Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC (2009), Be the Change Inaugural Ball (2009), Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (2008 & 2007), MTV Europe Music Awards (2008 & 2007), Josh Groban: Awake Live (2008), Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics – Live and Down Under (2008), etc.