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Gil Cates back to produce Academy Awards

Producer expected to name show host in next few weeks
/ Source: The Associated Press

Emmy Award-winning producer Gil Cates will take on his 13th Academy Awards for the February telecast.

The big question now is: who will host the show?

Choosing a host will be the first job for Cates, whom the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named as the show's producer Wednesday. A decision is likely in the next few weeks, said show publicist Toni Thompson.

Last year, host Chris Rock succeeded in attracting younger viewers in his first time out. Billy Crystal, who has led the telecast eight times, would have to be lured away from his one-man show "700 Sundays," which is currently playing in Chicago.

Other frequently mentioned candidates include four-time host Whoopi Goldberg, two-timer Steve Martin and late-night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien.

Cates, whose niece is actress Phoebe Cates, first produced the Academy Awards show in 1990. The following year he won an Emmy for his Oscar work. He has also produced numerous films, television movies and stage productions.

The 77th annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 27 on ABC (8 p.m. ET), live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.