Oscars Are Taking Drastic Measures To Avoid Another Envelope Blunder!

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2018

A third partner, who will also know the winners by heart, will sit in the control room with the producers of the show.

After the wrong victor was named at the Academy Awards in 2017, strict new rules have come into place to ensure that the mix-up won't happen again.

There will also be a new procedure in which the celebrity presenter and stage manager will confirm that they've been given the correct envelope, as last year's mishap came from Warren and Faye being given the Best Actress envelope instead of Best Picture.

The two people responsible for the envelopes past year will be replaced, but they do still work for PwC.

The two people who were involved in handing over the envelopes previous year have been replaced - although they do still work for the company. Last year, just before handing Beatty the wrong envelope, Cullinan tweeted out a photo of a jubilant Stone. The new stage-side partners overseeing the envelopes will include Rick Rosas, who previously worked in that post for 14 years, and colleague Kimberly Bourdon from the company's Los Angeles office.

Those responsible for handing over results envelopes are forbidden from the use of mobile phones and social media for the duration of the show.

The two PwC accountants holding the envelopes will have memorised the winners' list.

There will now be three PwC balloting partners (rather than two) at the Oscars, who will all attend rehearsals.

In case of another disaster, all of the balloting partners will engage in rehearsals to prepare them in the run up to the ceremony, as "it took a long time to respond previous year when there was a mistake".

Although questions were raised over PwC's future at the Oscars, the organisation kept its contract because the mistake was down to a "very public human error".

"Let me tell you, I don't think this error will ever happen again or would happen again", said Hudson, who was watching from the audience as the flub seemed to occur in slow motion onstage.

Sandy Cohen wrote this story, (c) 2018 The Associated Press.

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