The key word, we bet, is 10. With a record 10 films to be in Best Picture contention at the 2010 Academy Awards, composer Marc Shaiman had better get started on those parody songs to send up that fact. Per, he'll serve as music director of the 82nd Academy Awards itself, it was announced by telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.

For Shankman in particular, the choice of Shaiman is pretty much keeping things in the family: Shankman directed the John Travolta-starring film version of the hit Broadway musical 'Hairspray,' for which Shaiman wrote music to Scott Wittman's lyrics (both won Tonys). Shaiman was previously the music director for the 78th Academy Awards in 2004.

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