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Gil Cates, longtime Oscar producer, dies at 77


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It is with great sadness that we report that longtime Oscar producer Gil Cates has died at the age of 77.

Cates produced the annual awards telecast 14 times, his most recent turn coming in 2008. Cates also served on the directors branch of the Academy’s board of governors for 12 years.

“Gil was our colleague, our friend and a former governor of the Academy,” said Academy President Tom Sherak in a statement. “He was a consummate professional who gave the Academy and the world some of the most memorable moments in Oscar history. His passing is a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry, and our thoughts go out to his family.”

Oscar winner Steven Spielberg added, “No one may ever again achieve what Gil Cates achieved in his contributions to the success of the Motion Picture Academy and the Directors Guild. In producing 14 Oscar shows for the Academy and leading the Directors Guild through challenging times and negotiations, he set a remarkable standard for dedication and excellence. He was the most liked person I knew and will be missed by all who knew him as a proud member of our industry and a great pal to everyone.”

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