Academy Awards have a crisis team in place ahead of this year’s ceremony
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Nearly a year after “The Slap” at the Oscars, the Academy has brought in a crisis team ahead of this year’s ceremony.
It’s the first time in the history of the Academy that such a group has been put in place, and higher-ups hope it will properly handle any surprise moments.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Academy Chief executive Bill Kramer explains that the unit has run many scenarios hoping they will be prepared for anything.
“Because of last year, we’ve opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars; they are now quicker to react,” he said.
This is all in response to last year’s incident when Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith was then allowed to stay for the remainder of the ceremony and later collected his award for best actor.
The Academy was criticized for not acting swiftly enough when the incident happened.
Days after the incident, Smith was banned from the Oscars for ten years.
Kramer says having a host like Jimmy Kimmel this year will be great for the show.
“It’s so important to have a host who knows how to handle live television and a live audience. That’s a very specific skill, and there aren’t a lot of people who can do that well. Jimmy is a dream to work with. He’s funny; he’s respectful; his edges aren’t too sharp. I think people in the audience feel very safe and engaged with his energy.”
Kramer says they have a plan in place in case anything unexpected happens.
“Depending on the specifics of the crisis, and let’s hope something doesn’t happen and we never have to use these, but we already have frameworks in place that we can modify.”
This year’s ceremony takes place on March 12.
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