Magazine article Screen International

PwC Names Partner Responsible for Oscar Gaffe

Magazine article Screen International

PwC Names Partner Responsible for Oscar Gaffe

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The Academy and PwC issued statements on Monday following the best picture blunder at Sunday's Oscars.

It is the second apology by PwC, with the accountancy firm naming partner Brian Cullinan as the person responsible for the incident, in which a back-up envelope revealing the previously announced best actress winner Emma Stone was mistakenly handed to Warren Beatty before the climactic best picture presentation.

Beatty opened the envelope and looked confused before handing it to co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who declared La La Land the winner. Several minutes later show organisers interrupted the winners' speeches and Moonlight was declared the rightful best picture winner.

It also emerged on Monday that minutes before Cullinan gave the wrong envelope to Beatty, the US board chairman and PwC managing partner tweeted a photograph of Oscar winner Stone backstage.

PwC's second statement, which followed an earlier apology for the mix-up, read: "PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars. PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly 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.

"We are deeply sorry for the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of "La La Land" and "Moonlight. …

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