Oscar envelopes explained
How presenters get winning names
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.