Academy Awards: Changes To Be Put In Place For Future Oscars Following 2017 Mix Up
The 89th Academy Awards will certainly be one to remember – but perhaps for the wrong reasons – with the Best Picture blunder being one of the most standout moments in Oscars history.
It was announced this week that the PwC accountants responsible for the mistake, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, will no longer be taking up their role again at the infamous awards ceremony.
But it has now been revealed that more changes are to be put in place for future Oscars events to ensure the same errors don’t occur again.
The Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, has addressed the situation in a statement, saying,
By now, thanks to the non-stop coverage the past few days, we all know that the wrong envelope and the problems that ensued were caused by the failure of PwC’s accountants to follow established protocols and their delay in immediately remedying the situation. PwC has accepted full responsibility for the error. Rest assured changes will be implemented to ensure this never happens again.
But despite the negative coverage that the awards ceremony has received, Isaacs went on to talk about some of the positives from this year’s Academy Awards.
She applauds the producers of the show, Jennifer Todd and Michael De Luca, for ‘the tremendous (and often thankless) job’, as well as going on to commend host Jimmy Kimmel for his ‘impeccable and effortless’ role in the night.
There was also appraisal for the stage crew, who she says dealt with everything exceptionally well ‘from the set collapsing during dress rehearsal to the rather chaotic ending of the show.’
Oscars producer De Luca has also spoken out about the shocking end to the night, which saw presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announce the wrong winner of ‘Best Picture’ as La La Land instead of Moonlight, saying,
After it was over and everyone was crowding backstage, I ran into the theater to scoop up my wife and kids and brought them back to my production office. By the time I went back to the green room, Dawn was already in mid-conversation with the players, just trying to figure out what happened. Everyone was a little shaken. Everybody looked white-faced and the blood was just drained from [them].
The accountants responsible have since hired bodyguards to ensure their safety in the aftermath of the mix up.