The Oscars will be held Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles at 8 p.m.and be broadcast live on ABC. But after last year's stunner with Will Smith and the slap heard round the world, how is the show prepping to make sure that never happens again?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the addition of a “crisis team” to help manage the response to any unexpected incidents during the awards show. The head of the Academy said: “We have a whole crisis team, something we’ve never had before, and many plans in place. We’ve run many scenarios. So it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.”… Since Will Smith stepped onstage and hit Chris Rock, the Academy has since “opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars.”