The Best Picture announcement mistake was probably the most epic thing that happened at this year’s Academy Awards, and it seems the culprits have been identified.
Reuters reported that they are accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz.
The accounting firm said Brian had passed Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (presenters for Best Picture Award) the wrong envelope by mistake. Instead of giving them the envelope for Best Picture, he gave them the back-up envelope for Best Actress, which explains why it wrote “Emma Stone, La La Land”.
The firm said in a statement that Brian and Martha, who were working as partners on the show, failed to rectify the situation “quickly enough”. They will no longer be involved in tabulating votes or handing out envelopes at the Oscars again.
The alleged reason for the blunder? Brian had reportedly tweeted a photo of Emma after she bagged the trophy for Best Actress just minutes before the whole hoo-ha started. The photo was taken backstage, where he was working – and has now been deleted.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Brian ended up being cited in a report about how the negative effects of social media. The world witnessed it first-hand at the Oscars.
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