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Film-academy accountant Spoerri dies

Published on 03/12/2008

3 December 2008

LOS ANGELES – Otto Spoerri, called "the ultimate arbiter of industry power" because he determined seating at the Oscars, died. He was 75.

Spoerri died Saturday in his hometown of Zurich, Switzerland, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he served as controller from 1978 to 2002.

Though he oversaw accounting, he was better known for seating scores of movie stars and industry executives at the Academy Awards.

Spoerri downplayed the highly political task. "It’s just working with the producer of the broadcast to make sure that where people sit makes the show flow smoothly," he said.

The academy did not reveal the cause of Spoerri’s death. He is survived by his first and second wife, two children and two grandchildren.

[AP / Expatica]