New Rules: No Cellphones Backstage at Oscars for PwC Accountants

Mar 29, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences implemented new rules in the wake of the big mixup with the presentation of the Best Picture Oscar at the recent awards ceremony.

The AP reports that academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email today to academy members detailing the new protocols.

Among the changes, PwC accountants will no longer be allowed to have their cellphones while they’re backstage.The bulk of the blame for the recent screwup has fallen on PwC partner Brian Cullinan, who tweeted a photo of Emma Stone backstage moments before he handed out the wrong envelope.

“Besides banning cellphones, the academy is adding a third balloting partner to the telecast, and bringing in PwC’s U.S. chairman to provide oversight,” the AP reports. “PwC, which has handled Oscar balloting and other academy business for 83 years, has claimed responsibility for the biggest mistake in Oscar history.”

The report adds: “Boone Isaacs said in her email Wednesday that a third balloting partner with knowledge of the winners will sit with the telecast director going forward. Balloting partners will also be required to participate in Oscar rehearsals, she said.”

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