The Academy has set its producers for the 92nd Annual Oscars ceremony, producers Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star is Born”) and Stephanie Allain (“Hustle & Flow”), Academy president David Rubin announced Friday.
The 92nd Oscars take place on Feb. 9, 2020 and air on ABC.
Howell Taylor and Allain take over from last year’s producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, the latter of whom had helmed the award show for the past four years. This year the producing duo will have the challenge of producing one of the earliest Oscars ceremonies in the history of awards season, and they’ll likewise have to determine whether to reinstate a host after the success of last year’s ceremony without one.
“The combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will bring dynamism and excitement to the 92nd Oscars show,” Rubin said in a statement. “Their vast production experience ranges from groundbreaking independent film to global blockbuster. We look forward to collaborating with them to bring an unforgettable Oscars event to movie fans around the world.”
“We have both watched the Oscars for as long as we can remember, and to be given the opportunity to produce the show is a dream,” Howell Taylor and Allain said in a statement. “It’s an honor and a thrill to join forces to deliver an entertaining show that celebrates the artistry of this year’s best films.”
“How thrilling to have both Lynette and Stephanie leading our Oscars production team,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement. “I have every confidence that they will deliver a high-caliber performance.”
“We have our first win this Oscars season and it’s having Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain produce our biggest live event of the year,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment said in a statement. “Lynette and Stephanie have impeccable taste, are at the top of their field, and have such a distinct and wonderful way of captivating audiences with storytelling that is compelling, creative and filled with superstars. We can’t wait to see their imagination come to life on the grandest, most coveted stage in Hollywood.”
Howell Taylor earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination for “A Star Is Born” last year, and she’s also a producer on films such as “The Accountant,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Big Eyes,” “The Place beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson.” Her TV credits include the HBO limited series “I Know This Much Is True.” Howell Taylor is the founder of 51 Entertainment.
Allain is best known for launching the careers of directors John Singleton, Robert Rodriguez, Craig Brewer, Sanaa Hamri and Justin Simien. Her film and television credits include “Hustle & Flow” and “Dear White People.” Allain’s company, Homegrown Pictures, produces content by and about women and people of color. She served as director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, is a founding ambassador of ReFrame and serves on the Board of Women in Film.