Sunday, March 25, 2018
PWC’s six-step plan to avoid another Oscars envelope fiasco:-By sernia sandhu

A six-step plan has been created to avoid another awards mix-up at the Oscars this year.

At the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, partners from accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) accidentally handed the wrong winners’ envelope to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway who were supposed to announce that Moonlight had won Best Picture.

Instead they ended up giving the award to La La Land because they had the envelope for Best Actress, which went to Emma Stone for her role in the romantic musical.
The new plan:

PwC partners are prohibited from using their phones or social media during the show – this rule was implemented immediately after last year’s ceremony.

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

The two PwC partners from last year’s Oscars have been replaced (although they still work at the firm).

In addition to balloting partners stationed on either side of the stage, the third will be situated inside the show’s control room with Oscar producers. They will memorise all the winners and have a full set of winners’ envelopes.

The three partners will practice what to do if something goes wrong, so the mistake can be rectified quicker than last year.

When the winners’ envelope is handed over to the celebrity presenter, both they and a stage manager will confirm they have been given the correct one for the category they are about to present.

Historical, cringeworthy mistake

The La La Land cast and crew were delivering their very emotive acceptance speech when the mistake was rectified by one of the film’s producers, creating a historic and cringeworthy moment. The Moonlight team finally got their moment in the limelight.

After the finger want pointed at PwC – the auditors are responsible for counting votes and handing out envelopes – and the firm’s two partners who attended the awards show to make sure everything ran smoothly, senior partner Tim Ryan came up with a foolproof plan to ensure such a snafu never makes live TV again.

“One of the most disappointing things to me was all the great work that had been done, not only last year but over the last 83 years, around accuracy, confidentiality integrity of that process,” said Mr Ryan, who revealed his plan to the Associated Press. “And where we got it wrong was on the handing over of the envelope.”

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”.

Academy officials and board members decided not to “throw out 83 years of flawless partnership over this, while huge, one human error,” said film academy chief Dawn Hudson, adding that PwC helped build the digital voting system the academy has been using for the Oscars in recent years.
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