Thursday, September 23, 2021

Oscars Organizers Reveal New Reforms to Prevent Another ‘Envelopegate’

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‘Moonlight’ team accepts Best Picture award after initially losing to ‘La La Land.’

*The Motion Picture Academy has taken measures to ensure “envelopegate” will never happen again at the Oscars.

You recall the fiasco last year when Faye Dunaway saw “La La Land” on the card and announced it as the winner, not knowing she and Warren Beatty were accidentally given the card naming Emma Stone as best actress.

The Academy’s accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers took responsibility for the infamous “best picture” mix up with “Moonlight,” admitting that an employee was handed the wrong envelope. 

You can relive the moment via the clip above.

Now, Oscar organizers are taking new precautions to get everything perfect for this year’s ceremony. According to, “there are now six new reforms in place when it comes to presenters having the right envelopes to open. Among them: The celebrity presenters and stage managers must confirm they’ve got the correct envelopes before the stars hit the stage.”

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Tim Ryan of PwC said the changes also include requiring a third balloting partner in the control room with Oscars producers. That person will know the winners, just in case there is a problem.

PwC employees will also attend show rehearsals and practice what to do if something goes wrong. “Because, as you’re well aware, it took a long time to respond last year when there was a mistake that we made,” Ryan said. “So we’re formally practicing the what-ifs.”

The final change is one the academy immediately instituted last year: PwC partners are prohibited from using cellphones or social media during the show.

Nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning (Jan. 23), and surprisingly, the urban horror film “Get Out” received four nominations, including best picture and best actor (Daniel Kaluuya). Three other black actors were included in the acting categories: Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”).

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 5:00 p.m. PST on March 4.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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