Friday 21 July 2017

PwC duo receive life ban from Oscars after mix-up

Martha Ruiz (L) and Brian Cullinan (R) of PricewaterhouseCoopers confer on stage after the Best Picture was mistakenly awarded to 'La La Land' instead of 'Moonlight'. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Martha Ruiz (L) and Brian Cullinan (R) of PricewaterhouseCoopers confer on stage after the Best Picture was mistakenly awarded to 'La La Land' instead of 'Moonlight'. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dean Gray

The organisers of the Oscars have said the two PwC accountants behind the 'La La Land' mix-up will never work at the Hollywood ceremony again.

A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will no longer tabulate Oscar votes and hand out envelopes containing winners' names.

No decision has been announced by the organisation on whether it will continue its partnership with PwC, which has handled the Oscar process for 83 years.

A PwC spokesman said that Mr Cullinan and Ms Ruiz were still employed as partners at the firm.

PwC had earlier taken full responsibility for the gaffe that stunned the Dolby Theatre crowd in Hollywood and a television audience worldwide.

Mr Cullinan tweeted a now-deleted backstage photo of actress Emma Stone after she won her best actress Oscar minutes before the mix-up.

There were reports last night that he had been taking the photo moments before the wrong envelope was handed to Warren Beatty.

Irish Independent

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