‘Best Picture’ Oscars Blunder: PWC Accountant Has Been Blamed For Mix Up
It’s the moment everyone is talking about from the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.
The cast and producers of La La Land took the moment they were mistakenly crowned as winners of ‘Best Picture’ surprisingly well, and preceded to be happy for Moonlight‘s success.
But even though everyone handled the situation well, someone has to be held responsible for the blunder that is sure to go down in Oscars history.
It’s now been revealed that the man in charge of the Oscar awards envelopes is the one accountable for the shocking mistake.
Brian Cullinan, who is an accountant for Press Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), intended to hand the ‘Best Picture’ envelope to award presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
But handing them the wrong envelope led to the catastophropic moment that was broadcast live to millions of viewers and to all those gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
PwC have released a statement regarding what really happened, saying,
Brian Cullinan mistakingly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner.
They went on to say how sorry they were for the mishap and for ‘the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight.’
They also thanked all those involved in for their ‘graciousness’.
Cullinan reportedly had a full set of award envelopes backstage, while his colleague Martha Ruiz had an identical set of envelopes on the other side of the stage.
After the wrong envelope was handed to Beatty, both him and Emma Stone had the leading actress card in their hands.
The Bonnie and Clyde star was noticeably confused when he opened the envelope, yet his co-star Faye ended up glancing at the card herself and reading out La La Land without realising it was the wrong award.
A colleague close to Cullinan has since reported to Vareity magazine that he ‘feels terrible’ for the mix up and is ‘very upset about his mistake’.