Organisers of the Academy Awards have announced that they are implementing a new envelope procedure this year – after last year’s epic Best Picture mix-up.
Last year, La La Land was announced as the winner of Best Picture, however moments later, it was revealed that Moonlight was actually the winner of the award.
The major error happened because celebrity presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong envelope by the PwC partners entrusted with the names of the award winners – so they’ve made some serious changes this year.
According to the Associated Press, PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan has revealed that there will be a third balloting partner this year, where there were only two before.
The new partner will sit with the producers of the show in the control room, while the other two partners will be placed on either side of the stage.
As well as that, the celebrity presenter and stage manager will be required to confirm on the spot that they have the right category in their hands.
On top of that, a social media ban will be in place for the PwC partners in charge of the envelopes.
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 last year when there was a mistake”.
Check out the full list of Oscar nominations here.
The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 4.
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