Academy Has ‘Whole Crisis Team’ Ready for Oscars Following Will Smith Slap

Academy Has ‘Whole Crisis Team’ Ready for Oscars Following Will Smith Slap

Following on from last year slaps of Chris Rock by Will Smith during the Oscars broadcastthe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is preparing for the unexpected with the establishment of “a whole crisis team”.

It’s the word directly from Bill Kramer, Academy CEOWHO this week spoke with Time about the impending 2023 edition of the annual awards ceremony. Speaking on the hard-to-plan aspect of live TV, Kramer first highlighted this year’s returning host jimmy kimmel as the ideal choice for this exact reason. From there, he immersed himself in the chatter of “crisis” and how this feature will be incorporated behind the scenes of the 2023 event.

“But we have a whole crisis team, something we’ve never had before, and a lot of plans in place,” said Kramer, who was appointed CEO of the Academy in June last year, said Eliana Dockterman. “We ran many scenarios. So we hope that we will be ready for everything that we may not be anticipating at the moment, but planning for in case it happens.

Elaborate further after the slap was specifically mentioned by the interviewer, Kramer imagined how a hypothetical incident involving the need for this “crisis team” might play out.

“Because of the last year, we’ve opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars,” he added.

Kramer also addressed the nomination campaign behind Andrea Riseborough, who is up for Best Actress for her review. To Leslie performance, and more. Read the full here.

Complex has reached out to an Oscars representative for additional comment. This story can be updated.

In April last year, David Rubin and Dawn Hudson, who were then Academy President and CEO respectively, shared a letter detailing the Board of Governors’ decision to ban Will Smith from the Oscars for 10 years. .

“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry,” the two said at the time. example to our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed to deliver – unprepared for the unprecedented.”

Smith, of course, apologized for slapping Chris Rock following a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith at last year’s ceremony. Rock, meanwhile, hit the headlines at many times in connection with mentions of slapping at his stand-up shows.

More recently, Smith seemed to reference slapgate in a TikTok in which he was seen holding his best actor trophy.

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