If you have witness the Academy Awards for this year, you may have seen two people being confused on stage – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – and they should be. They held the envelope which contains the name of the film for Best Picture Award but instead what they got was a card that contains the words “Best Actress: Emma Stone La La Land”. At that exact moment, as much as 1 billion viewers are watching all over the world and the pressure gets to them which made them assume that La La Land must have been the winner for the category.
There was no indication of something wrong thus La La Land’s producer along with his team went on the stage all smiles and happy while starting to say their acceptance speech. As this happens, the group behind the production was able to get hold of the right envelope for the award and it turns out that the actual winner for Best Picture was Moonlight.
After the live event, the president of the Academy made a statement amidst the embarrassment he is feeling for it is the first time in 89 years of the Academy Awards that such thing happened. Brian Cullinan, an upper level executive, works for Price Waterhouse which is an accounting firm that hands that tabulation of the vote from the Academy members of the Oscars. He is the one responsible in making sure the envelopes are not tampered and he is also in charge of handing them to the right presenter. The wrong winner was announced because Cullinan was distracted backstage just before the announcement. He revealed that he was tweeting a photo of Emma Stone who is the best actress winner and become distracted thus giving the wrong envelope to Dunaway and Beatty. This is one example of something going wrong because of multitasking.
According to the latest study conducted by the American Psychological Association, multitasking is not recommended as a person’s productivity can be lessened by as much as 40 per cent. This is why it is recommended that one should be able to learn how to manage time effectively in order to avoid fiasco from happening.