"Rob successfully directed and choreographed both of our recent Broadway revivals Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Not only is he uniquely gifted, but we've developed a working shorthand," said Zadan and Meron in a statement. "We are excited to collaborate with him on the Oscars, where we will be utilizing all his talents."
Ashford won an Emmy for his work on the 81st Academy Awards show. He has been nominated for eight Tony Awards and won for Best Choreography in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ashford’s other Broadway choreography credits include The Wedding Singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby and Evita. Currently, Ashford is directing rehearsals for a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Scarlett Johansson.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 10, 2013, at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.