The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sid Ganis talked to TheWrap on Saturday about a fake "Oscar winners" list that is circulating on the Internet and getting enough traction to make local television and the BBC.
The idea of "a winners list" makes no sense, he wrote in an email on Saturday afternoon. The tabulation takes place at the last minute. In fact, it’s still ongoing.
"The winners tabulation is still in process," Ganis wrote. "ONLY ONLY PriceWaterhouse will know. Two guys ONLY (two in case one of ‘em doesn’t make it). Until the exact moment on the air nobody else in the world knows….except me, of course, who sends memos about it all over town!"
That last line was a joke.
As most everyone in Hollywood know, the winners are tallied by PriceWaterhouseCooper up to just before the ceremony. There is no committee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that sits in a room tallying the ballots, with the secretary-treasurer typing up a list mid-week before Oscar Sunday and passing it around.
See WaxWord for further observations on this hoax.