The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a crisis response team in the wake of the 2022 scandal. Back then, Will Smith punched comedian Chris Rock, the host of the ceremony, in the face for making a bad joke about his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her alopecia. "We realized that a lot of things could happen at the Oscars," Academy Managing Director Bill Kramer told reporters. So the decision was made to introduce staff members to the ceremony who would focus on preventing extraordinary situations.
"We now have an entire crisis team, something we've never had before, and plans have been made for this, a particular event," Cramer explained. "We've tested a lot of scenarios. So hopefully we've prepared for any emergency, which we may not expect now, but we're planning for it in case it happens."
This year's Oscars ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on March 12th. It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.