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Accountant who made a mistake in handing Best Picture envelope wanted to have Oscars sketch: report

3 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A new report claims the accountant who handed the wrong envelope regarding the Best Picture winner at the recently held Academy Awards wanted to have a sketch at the Oscars and wants to be famous.

The accountant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Brian Cullinan, reportedly tried to ask the Oscar producers to put him and his colleague, Martha Ruiz, on stage and do a comedic sketch with the host of the show, Jimmy Kimmel. He also reportedly loves the fact that he is always compared to Matt Damon because they have some same facial features. The proposal of Cullinan was said to be shot down.

Minutes before the Best Picture award was announced, Cullinan took to Twitter to post a photo of Emma Stone backstage. It is believed he was pre-occupied thus he handed the wrong envelope and caused the big mix-up. “La La Land” was announced as the winner but later it was corrected and “Moonlight” bagged the gold.

In light of the mishap, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said they would not work with Cullinan and Ruiz ever again. Boone Isaacs is also reviewing the relationship of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Academy. PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been tallying the votes for the awards for the past 83 years. It is unclear if that would be the case in the coming years.

Oscars producer Gary Natoli also released a statement saying the two accountants froze when the mix-up happened. He shared, “We watched for about 10 more seconds, and during that entire time Martha was no more than five feet away from us. When La La Land was announced, she did not try to get my attention, she did not say anything. And she’s supposed to have memorized the winners.”

Another producer, John Esposito, said Cullinan was asked to go on stage to correct the mistake but he would not go. Ruiz was also asked to go to the stage but she did not want to go, too. They then ended up pushing the accountants on stage.

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