LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – It happened yet again on live television. The wrong winner was announced.
How can viewers forget that moment when host Steve Harvey announced that Miss Philippines was first runner-up and that Miss Colombia was the new Miss Universe when in fact, it was the other way around?
Tonight at the 89th edition of the Oscar Awards, presenter Faye Dunaway announced that ‘La La Land’ had won the Academy’s Best Picture. Then in a quick turn of events, the mistake was revealed. ‘Moonlight’ had won the Oscar.
It wasn’t a spoof of the Steve Harvey fiasco at last year’s Miss Universe Pageant.
In a move seen by many as a very serious effort at damage control, the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a new rule that requires all future Oscar hosts and presenters to undergo a vision test on the eve of the Oscar Awards ceremonies.
“This is to make sure that the correct name or names of winners will be read correctly,” an Academy Spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles.
The Academy’s move goes a step further from what the Miss Universe Organization did at this year’s pageant in Manila. As repeat host Harvey was about to read the name of the new Miss Universe, outgoing title holder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach rushed on stage to hand Harvey a pair of powerful magnifying lenses just to make sure there will be none of the 2016 fiasco.
It wasn’t clear from the new Academy rules if a host or presenter found without a 20/20 vision will be allowed to continue with the hosting duties, or if corrective glasses or contact lenses would be required of them on Oscar night.