Horvitz returns to direct 80th Oscar show

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Louis J. Horwitz is returning to direct the Academy Awards, his 12th time running the show for Hollywood's biggest party.

A four-time Emmy winner for his past Oscar telecasts, Horvitz will direct the 80th Oscar telecast, show producer Gil Cates said Wednesday.

Oscar nominations come out Jan. 22, with awards handed out Feb. 24.

This year's Oscars, along with other entertainment honors including the Golden Globes, approach amid uncertainty because of a strike by the Writers Guild of America. If the strike lingers through awards season, the shows could be left unscripted, and stars might fail to show to avoid crossing picket lines.
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