David Rockwell tapped for Oscars

Joins team again as production designer

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David Rockwell, who designed this year's Oscar show, is making a return visit to serve as production designer for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

Rockwell earned kudos for his work on the 81st Oscars, in which he brought the big-name nominees in the front rows at the Kodak Theatre closer to the stage.

"We loved the look and feel that David created for the Oscar show last year," said Bill Mechanic, who is producing the ceremony with Adam Shankman. "As soon as we signed on as producers, Adam and I knew that we wanted to work with him for our show."

Rockwell knows Hollywood's Kodak Theatre inside out because it was designed by his firm. He also has handled set design for the Broadway productions of "Hairspray," "Legally Blonde," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Rocky Horror Show" as well as the upcoming "Catch Me If You Can," "Elf" and "Houdini."

The Academy Awards will be broadcast live by ABC on March 7.