Two accountants who were responsible for Best Picture mix-up at Oscars banned from the Academy
3 March 2017 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The two accountants who were being held responsible for the Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards over the weekend will no longer be able to participate during the future Academy Awards.
The president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said in a statement on Wednesday that Brian Cullinan, the PwC representative who handed over the wrong envelope, might have been distracted backstage thus causing the mix-up about “La La Land” being announced as the Best Picture winner over “Moonlight.” According to reports, Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone in the wings with her new Oscar before he gave the presenters, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the wrong envelope.
Cullinan’s colleague, Martha Ruiz, was also removed from all film academy dealings. Boone Isacs also said the PwC, which has been responsible for tallying and revealing the winners of the Oscars for the past 83 years, and its relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being reviewed.
During this year’s Oscars red carpet, Cullinan and Ruiz were spotted together and he showed up with a locked briefcase that contained the envelopes showing the winners. He said on Sunday, “We’ve done this a few times, and we prepare a lot.”
PwC released a statement on Sunday saying they take full responsibility for the mistakes in the last Academy Awards show.
Boone Isaacs lauded the staff of “La La Land,” the presenters, and host Jimmy Kimmel for handling the mishap well however she said the last 90 seconds of the telecast overshadowed the most brilliant and wonderful show, pertaining to “Moonlight.”
The Academy also addressed that an Australian movie producer, who is still alive, was incorrectly displayed during the “In Memoriam” segment. The Academy apologized to Jan Chapman as her photo was used by mistake to honor the late Janet Patterson.
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