A spokesperson for the Academy told AFP on Wednesday “The two accountants involved in the awkward mistake at Sunday’s Oscars will not be the part of the show again” The mix-up which resulted in Cullinan handing Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway a copy of the best actress envelope – instead of the one that showed “Moonlight” winning best picture.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz from PricewaterhouseCoopers – the firm accountable for taking care Oscar votes and results – were also in charge of handing out the winning envelopes.
Considered as one of the most embarrassing blunder in Oscars history, When the musical “La La Land” temporarily declared the winner for best picture.
One person has come under inquiry for allegedly tweeting during the ceremony, Posting picture of Emma Stone, who won the best actress, minutes before handing Beatty the wrong envelope. The party ended in chaos and said Cullinan was ashamed by his mistake. PwC have taken the blame “He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake and we all feel very bad,” Tim Ryan, PwC’s US chairman, told trade magazine Variety.
The president, Academy told The New Yorker magazine that “she was shocked as the devastating ending to one of the most watched shows on television unfolded”.
“I just thought what? What? I looked out and I saw a member of Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what-what’s happening? What. What. WHAT? What could possibly…?” she said.
“And then I just thought ‘Oh my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen’.”
The Academy also apologized to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was Accidently flashed in the event’s “In Memoriam” segment honoring people from the industry who died the past year.
“We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson
“Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.”
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