Os­car en­velopes ex­plained

How pre­sen­ters get win­ning names

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY SANDY COHEN THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A look at how the Academy Awards’ win­ners en­velopes are han­dled be­fore be­ing opened live on­stage:

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Price Water­house Coop­ers, tab­u­lates the win­ners based on bal­lots cast by the academy’s 6,687 vot­ing mem­bers. Un­like the nom­i­na­tions, which rely on a branch-spe­cific, pref­er­en­tialvot­ing sys­tem, win­ners are cho­sen by pop­u­lar vote.

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with bring­ing the fi­nal re­sults, in­side sealed en­velopes, to the Oscars cer­e­mony. They are the peo­ple car­ry­ing brief­cases on the red car­pet, flanked by po­lice pro­tec­tion. Each brief­case con­tains an iden­ti­cal set of en­velopes for the show’s 24 cat­e­gories. The ac­coun­tants also mem­o­rize the win­ners.

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os­ten­si­bly the only peo­ple who know the win­ners be­fore they are an­nounced live on TV.

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brief­case-tot­ing ac­coun­tants are sta­tioned in the Dolby Theatre wings, one stage left and one stage right.

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right. They come back­stage a few min­utes ahead of time, and the ac­coun­tant hands them their cat­e­gory’s en­ve­lope just be­fore they walk on­stage. The sealed en­ve­lope with the win­ner’s name in­side is opened live on­stage.

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and Faye Du­n­away en­tered stage right, where PwC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Brian Cul­li­nan handed them the er­rant en­ve­lope.

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ac­tress, was pre­sented by Leonardo DiCaprio, who en­tered stage left. PwC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Martha Ruiz handed him the en­ve­lope for the cor­rect cat­e­gory.

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for best ac­tress re­mained stage right, and ap­par­ently ended up in the hands of Beatty and Du­n­away.

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