Roger Goodman named Oscar director

Oct 24, 2008 by Ian Evans

A stellar awards night needs an equally stellar director and the 81st Academy Awards telecast will have just that in the form of veteran director Roger Goodman.

Producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon announced today that they had chosen Goodman. It will be Goodman’s first time calling the camera shots for the Oscar® show.

“Roger has an impressive list of credentials, particularly as relates to live television,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled that he’ll be bringing his keen eye and dynamic approach to the Oscar show.”

Spanning multiple genres of live events, Goodman will also be directing ABC News’ coverage of the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration. His credits also include the Academy Awards Countdown Show, the Daytime Emmy® Awards, Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Super Bowl halftime shows, the Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby, as well as 20/20, Primetime, Nightline and Good Morning America.

In addition, Goodman directed and co-executive produced ABC News’ 24-hour global news and entertainment coverage of the turning of the millennium, which involved more than 200 cameras, 32 satellites, four control rooms and staff of more than 1,000 technicians. He currently holds the title of vice president, special projects, for the ABC Television Network.

Goodman’s mantle practically groans under the weight of recognition he has received. He has earned dozens of news and sports Emmy nominations and has won 25 Emmy Awards. Other honors include three Christopher Awards, three Peabody Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Stick with for all your 2009 Academy Awards coverage.