November 7 — Steve Martin will host the 75th Anniversary of the Academy Awards next year, the show’s producer, Gil Cates, will announce today.
“I’m very pleased to be hosting the Oscars again because fear and nausea always make me lose weight,” Mr. Martin said in a statement.
The 75th Academy Awards will air on March 23, 2003, from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the 57-year-old Mr. Martin and Mr. Cates agreed to the deal about a month ago.
In a statement, Mr. Cates said: “It’s wonderful to work with a host who has done it before — a host who’s witty, clever, sharp, intelligent, quick on his feet and always on top of the unfolding action.”
“Wait, I’ve forgotten something,” Mr. Cates added. “Oh, yeah — and outrageously funny. He’s also a gentleman — a gentle man — and a delight to work with.”
Mr. Martin hosted the Oscars in 2001. Last year’s telecast was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.
Mr. Martin received good reviews for his 2002 performance. At the top of the show, he nodded to some of the fresh faces in the crowd like Kate Hudson and said: “I love welcoming the young stars into show business because it reminds me of my own death.”
He also tossed a barb at actor Russell Crowe, saying: “Ellen Burstyn made herself 30 pounds heavier and 20 years older and Russell Crowe still hit on her.” TV cameras then captured an image of a grimacing Mr. Crowe.
In January, Mr. Martin will begin shooting the film Shop Girl from a screenplay he adapted from his own best-selling book. The movie will feature Claire Danes and Jimmy Fallon, with Anand Tucker as director. Hyperion will publish Mr. Martin’s next novel, The Pleasure of My Company , in the fall of 2003.