A distracted accountant for the famous PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) firm may be the man to blame for the epic screw-up at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.
According to reports by TMZ and The Wall Street Journal, Brian Cullinan, the accountant in charge of the show’s ballots and winners, was busy tweeting a picture of a movie star backstage when he mistakenly handed over the wrong envelope to the presenters.
Cullinan, who had just finished tweeting a picture of Emma Stone backstage, accidentally handed the backup envelope for Best Actress in a Leading Role to presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, instead of the Best Picture award envelope.
This major screw-up caused massive and obvious confusion for Beatty, who read the envelope a few times, made a few strange faces, then asked for help from his co-presenter, Faye Dunaway.
Dunaway apparently thought he just wanted her to announce the winner’s name and said, “La La Land,” to the crowd, instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.”
It took more than a few moments for the mistake to be corrected, as the cast of “La La Land” hit the stage and congratulated each other.
The mistake was finally addressed while the “La La Land” cast was on stage giving its acceptance speeches. The movie’s musical producer, Jordan Horowitz was the man to announce the mistake and tell the “Moonlight” people they’d won, even showing them the winner’s envelope with their movie’s name on it.
PwC said in a statement that “Cullinan mistakenly handed the backup envelope for Best Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to Beatty and Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner.”
The Emma Stone photo tweeted by accountant Cullinan was deleted from Twitter and PwC has taken full responsibility.
“We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, (host) Jimmy Kimmel, (broadcaster) ABC, and the Academy, none of whom was at fault for last night’s errors.”
H/T: Reuters UK
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