Thursday 29 June 2017

Two accountants responsible for Oscars blunder 'will not work at the Oscars again'

(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)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The two accountants responsible for the best picture mistake will not work at the Oscars again, the film academy president has said.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs told The Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' relationship with PwC, the accounting firm responsible for the integrity of the awards, remains under review.

Ms Boone Isaacs broke her silence on Wednesday following the biggest blunder in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards.

PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the winners' envelopes at Sunday's Oscars.

Mr Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone from backstage minutes before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture.

The pair announced best picture as La La Land rather than the actual winner Moonlight.

Ms Boone Isaacs said Mr Cullinan's distraction caused the error.

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