The academy is in talks with this year’s producers of the Oscars, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, to return to oversee the 90th anniversary edition next year. And there is a strong chance that Jimmy Kimmel, who was aces as host this year, will also be returning, reports Deadline. There is a sense that this trio earned a “do over” after the foul-up that saw the wrong Best Picture winner announced.
While that made this year’s Oscars memorable for all the wrong reasons, up until those closing moments, the show had been one of the best produced in memory. That the producers and host pulled this off was even more impressive given their relatively late start. De Luca and Todd didn’t get hired until November 4 while Kimmel didn’t come on board until December 5.
By lining up the producers and host now, the academy is giving them much-needed time to craft a fitting celebration for Oscars 90th birthday. Two people that won’t be invited to the party are PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz. He was the bean counter who handed Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope and she was his colleague who failed to react as well.
On Wednesday, outgoing academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs emailed academy members to assure them that measures that were being put in place so that this type of mishap won’t happen again. One of the accountants will be PwC partner Rick Rosas who had led the balloting process for 12 years until 2014. The other two scrutineers will be announced in the coming months.
Issacs also made mention of “partner rehearsals for possible onstage issues” (translation: the accountants will practice running out onstage to stop the show if the wrong name is announced). And she promised “improvements to onstage envelope category verification” (in other words, no more red envelopes with red writing). Finally, don’t expect any backstage tweets from the PwC reps, as Cullinan did of Best Actress champ Emma Stone as Beatty and Faye Dunaway were about to make the wrong kind of Oscar history; Issacs confirmed “removal of electronic devices from backstage.”