Organisers of the Academy Awards have announced they will put new rules in place for the year’s ceremony to avoid a repeat of last year’s envelope mix-up.
In case you were living under a rock for most of 2017, during last year’s ceremony it was announced that La La Land was the winner of Best Picture.
However, after the cast and crew made their way to the stage to collect their award it emerged that Moonlight was, in fact, the real winner.
Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope by the group in charge of the award winner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (also known as Pwc).
PwC US chairperson Tim Ryan has revealed new rules to The Associated Press ahead of the nominations today.
Firstly, a third balloting partner will sit with Oscar producers in the show’s control room in addition to the two balloting partners stationed on either side of the Dolby Theatre stage.
This additional person will have a complete set of winner’ envelopes and will be able to recite the winners by memory.
Both the celebrity presenter and the stage manager will have to confirm to the partners that they have the correct envelope before stepping on stage.
Ryan finally added that the three balloting partners will attend show rehearsals and practice what to do if something goes wrong.
He will be personally involved in the operations this year.