After the slap incident at the Oscars last year, the organizers have now put together a "crisis team" for this year's gala. "We have a whole crisis team, something we've never had, and a lot of plans in place," Bill Kramer, executive director of the Academy of Oscars, told Time magazine.

"We went through a lot of scenarios. So it's our hope that we're prepared for anything we can't predict right now, but that we're preparing for it if it does."

At last year's gala, actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage after he made a joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett.

Smith later apologized. He was banned from film academy events, including Oscars, for ten years. This year's Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for March 12.