LOS ANGELES (AP) – After taking duty for the epic greatest image flub on the Oscars final yr, Tim Ryan of PwC acquired right down to enterprise.
He grilled the companions who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the handfuls of individuals affected by it: The present’s producers, presenters and stage managers, in addition to the filmmakers behind “La La Land” and “Moonlight.”
Within the months that adopted, PwC met with the academy many occasions to provide you with new protocols and safeguards to stop such a blunder sooner or later. Ryan revealed six new reforms to The Related Press. They embrace a brand new course of through which the superstar presenter will affirm they’ve the right envelope earlier than stepping onstage, PwC companions attending rehearsals, in addition to measures to shortly right any mistake.
Final yr’s mistake occurred when a PwC companion mistakenly handed an envelope for the perfect actress winner class, which went to Emma Stone in “La La Land,” to the presenters of the perfect image class, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. That resulted in “La La Land” being briefly named greatest image, earlier than certainly one of that movie’s producers revealed the error and that “Moonlight” had the truth is gained.
“One of the crucial disappointing issues to me was all the good work that had been achieved, not solely final yr however during the last eighty three years, round accuracy, confidentiality integrity of that course of,” he stated. “And the place we obtained it mistaken was on the handing over of the envelope.”
Ryan stated Oscar voting procedures and the tabulation of nominees and winners will not change. As an alternative, reforms give attention to envelope rituals.
Ryan stated he shall be personally concerned with Oscar operations this yr as PwC’s U.S. chairman and senior associate.
Different modifications embrace:
— The addition of a 3rd balloting companion, who will sit with Oscar producers within the present’s management room. Identical to the balloting companions stationed on both aspect of the Dolby Theatre stage, this individual could have an entire set of winners’ envelopes and commit the winners to reminiscence. “Consider it as a security management,” Ryan stated.
— The 2 companions who labored on final yr’s Academy Awards have been changed, although Ryan confirms that each nonetheless work for PwC. The brand new stage-aspect companions overseeing the envelopes will embrace Rick Rosas, who beforehand labored in that submit for 14 years, and colleague Kimberly Bourdon from the corporate’s…