Friday 28 April 2017

Octavia Spencer 'feels sad' for PwC accountants barred from the Oscars after Best Picture gaffe

(L-R) Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Martha L. Ruiz, Brian Cullinan and actor Ryan Gosling at the Oscars. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
(L-R) Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Martha L. Ruiz, Brian Cullinan and actor Ryan Gosling at the Oscars. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, the representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for the safekeeping of the Oscar envelopes and their distribution at the ceremony, arrive before the show with their briefcases with the winners’ names Picture: AP
Actor Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Octavia Spencer, centre, in Hidden Figures
Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan were responsible for the blunder (AP)

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Octavia Spencer feels really bad for the "sad" accountant who messed up at the Oscars on Sunday.

The Help star was among the stunned celebrities featured in a now-famous Academy Awards photo taken as the audience and viewers at home learned Faye Dunaway had announced the wrong Best Picture winner.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner Brian Cullinan reportedly gave Warren Beatty and Dunaway the wrong envelope as they took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and they mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner of the big prize.

Minutes later, after the producers of the film had hit the stage, it was revealed Moonlight was actually the winner.

Actor Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Octavia Spencer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Octavia is still recovering from the Oscars mix up, and admits she feels bad for accountant Cullinan.

"The guy that gave the envelope, I really said some prayers for him (this week) 'cos he was the one who was like... That was bad!" she told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. "It was kinda sad... It's an honest mistake.

"The excitement in the room was a little intense, but (Octavia's Hidden Figures co-star) Janelle (Monae) was in Moonlight and didn't realise they had won. I'm like, 'You gotta get up there (on the stage). Moonlight won!'"

Unfortunately, Cullinan won't be able to thank Octavia for her kind words at next year's Oscars - he and his sidekick Martha Ruiz have been banned from the Academy Awards, while Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has revealed the relationship between the Academy and PriceWaterhouseCoopers bosses, who have tabulated the results since the 1930s, is also under review.

Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, the representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for the safekeeping of the Oscar envelopes and their distribution at the ceremony, arrive
before the show with their briefcases with the winners’ names Picture: AP
Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, the representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for the safekeeping of the Oscar envelopes and their distribution at the ceremony, arrive before the show with their briefcases with the winners’ names Picture: AP
Octavia Spencer, centre, in Hidden Figures
Octavia Spencer, centre, in Hidden Figures

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