Massapequa Park native Glenn Weiss, who famously proposed to his girlfriend live onstage at last month's Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, will direct and co-produce the 91st Academy Awards telecast, airing Feb. 24 on ABC.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey announced that Weiss — who won two of his 14 Emmy Awards for directing the previous two Oscars shows — also will co-produce with Donna Gigliotti.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey noted Gigliotti's achievements as a producer — including a Best Picture Academy Award for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" and three additional nominations, including for last year's "Hidden Figures” — and added that "thanks to Glenn Weiss, we just experienced the most talked-about moment at the Emmys with his heartfelt onstage wedding proposal."
"I'm so looking forward to being back to help celebrate and honor the film industry and all the talented people behind this year's movies," Weiss, 57, said in a statement. "And I am 'co-excited' to be co-producing this year's show with Donna Gigliotti!" he added jocularly.
At the Emmy ceremony on Sept. 17, Weiss won his 14th statuette and then proposed to marketing executive Jan Svendsen in a moment that went viral online.
Among his copious credits, Weiss directed NBC's 2014 musical "Peter Pan Live!" from Stage 1 at Grumman Studios in Bethpage.