They don’t want another incident like Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, but they are prepared for the unexpected.
Bill Kramer, the chief executive officer of the Academy, stated in an interview with Time magazine that there will now be a crisis team present for Hollywood’s biggest night, calling it “something we’ve never had before.”
We’ve tested a lot of scenarios, he continued. We, therefore, aspire to be ready for anything that we may not now anticipate but are planning for just in case it does occur.
Rock was presenting at the moment, and Smith rushed on stage at the Oscars in 2022 and smacked Rock when he made a joke about Smith’s wife’s shaved head.
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Will Smith later apologized, but The Academy nevertheless punished him by excluding him from the Oscars for the following ten years.
“Thanks to last year, we’ve become more open-minded about the wide range of potential Oscars outcomes. The crisis communication teams and mechanisms we have in place, however, allow us to indicate that this is the group that needs to come together right away, Kramer told Time.
This is how we all interact. The spokesperson is here. This will serve as the declaration, he said. We already have structures in place that we can adapt. Of course, this will depend on the specifics of the situation. Let’s hope we never need to utilize these.
Jimmy Kimmel will preside over the 95th Academy Awards on March 12.