Actor Steve Martin is to host the Oscars ceremony for the second time next year.

The comic actor takes over from Whoopi Goldberg for the 75th event at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Martin has presented awards at six previous Oscar ceremonies and also introduced a best picture clip in 1997.

Martin told reporters, "I'm very pleased to be hosting the Oscars again, because fear and nausea always make me lose weight."

Next year's ceremony takes place on 23 March 2003.