The Oscars Have Set Intense New Rules To Prevent Another Embarrassing ‘Best Picture’ Mix-Up

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

The 2017 Oscars will forever live in infamy after a mix-up led presenters to call out the wrong winner for Best Picture — a mistake that wasn’t corrected until the entire cast for the wrong film had already taken the stage.

The mix-up started when someone backstage handed the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. That envelope was supposed to contain the winner of the Best Picture award (Moonlight), but instead contained the card for Best Actress (Emma Stone) — so when Warren and Faye presented Best Picture, they saw “Emma Stone: La La Land” instead, and assumed the award must have been going to La La Land.

The mix-up was eventually corrected, but not until the cast and producers of La La Land had already started their acceptance speech. The whole thing was embarrassing for everyone involved — and The Academy is determined to make sure it never happens again.

So how will they prevent another disaster at this year’s Oscars? According to The Washington Postthey have an intense plan.

Before the show even begins, the “balloting partners,” or the people who hand over the envelopes, will have to go to Oscars rehearsal. There, they will be trained on what to do if something does go wrong.

In addition, the two balloting partners who handed off the wrong envelope last year won’t be back for more, according to The Washington Post. Although they both still work at PwC, the firm that staffs the Oscars, they’ll be replaced at the Oscars by Rick Rosas and Kimberly Bourdon. Rick was the balloting partner for 14 years preceding 2017.

There will also be a third balloting partner this year, whereas in the past there were normally two. This person will sit in the control room with all of the winners already committed to memory — that way, he can intervene right away if something goes wrong.

Before they step onstage, the presenter and the stage manager will also have to formally confirm that they have the right envelope.

And finally — no phones or social media will be allowed backstage at the Oscars. Last year, the partner who handed off the wrong envelope had taken and posted a backstage picture just minutes before, according to Vanity Fair.

What do you think about these new rules? They seem pretty intense to me — although it’s kind of hard to believe some of them weren’t already in place.

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Photos: ABC News

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