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The First Ever Oscars 'Crisis Team' Had A Slow Night On The Job

If you tuned in for the 2023 Oscars, then you know that the night went by smoothly, with no incidents to report. In fact, the night ended with a perfect joke: host Jimmy Kimmel walked off the stage and over to a sign that read, “Number of Oscars Telecasts Without an Incident” and happily flipped the “00” to “01.” Not only did the joke reference the fact that last year had one of the biggest incidents possible, but it was made even funnier considering the fact that Kimmel was hosting the night that “Moonlight” got mixed up with “La La Land,” which was undeniably another type of crisis.

Bill Kramer told TIME that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had multiple “crisis plans” in place just in case something were to happen, like last year’s slap. “[The plans] allow us to say this is the group that we have to gather very quickly,” Kramer said. “This is how we all come together. This is the spokesperson. This will be the statement.”

Much to the Academy’s relief, no such plans had to be used. In fact, the closest we got to a crisis was presenter Elizabeth Banks tripping on her dress (and nearly falling on stage) and the awkward moment when Kimmel asked Malala Yousafzai if she thinks Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine. Plus, most people just want to talk about all of the wins for the much beloved “Everything Everywhere All at Once” or Brendan Fraser’s epic comeback win. Who knows, maybe the crisis team will have more to do next year.

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