If you've been paying attention to the bold new changes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be implementing for the 82nd annual Academy Awards held today, you know that director-slash-our fave "So You Think You Can Dance" judge, Adam Shankman, is attempting to revitalize the telecast along with show co-producer Bill Mechanic. How exactly will they freshen up a traditionally super-serious awards show – and draw in those elusive viewers who don't traditionally watch the Oscars? Why, with the power of dance!
Of course, the Oscars will still (mostly) be about honoring some of the best cinematic achievements of the year (and seeing which A-listers dazzle and disappoint on the red carpet, naturally). But this year it shall also be about tweens watching for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum, and Zac Efron, all of whom have been in films Shankman either directed or produced and have prior dancing experience, leading us to wonder if they'll bust a move or two themselves during the show. Dance fans will get an extra treat as various former SYTYCDers are set to appear along with Step Up 3 director Jon Chu's dance group The LXD, or The League of Extraordinary Dancers. (Watch this teaser of robotics expert Madd Chadd in his undies and spray painted like an Oscar statuette for a taste of what the LXD has planned.)
If you only know Shankman through the films he directed (The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier, Cheaper By the Dozen 2, Hairspray, Bedtime Stories) or for his emotional television dance contest judging, get a feel for his dance sensibilities by revisiting five of his best works as a film choreographer. And make sure you come back after the show tonight and tell us what you thought of the Oscars' dance-tastic telecast.