Once again, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accounting firm responsible for tabulating the winners for the Academy Awards has apologised for the 2017 Oscar blunder.
On Monday night, PwC released a second statement identifying the person responsible for the mix-up which turned into one of the biggest blunders in entertainment and apparently the biggest in Oscar history.
Unwittingly, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong film as the winner of best picture trophy. It was indeed an awkward moment at the Dolby Theatre when producers of La La Land were stopped in the middle of their happy acceptance speeches to be informed that the musical was incorrectly proclaimed as the winner.
“I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty explained, saying he had seen the name Emma Stone from La La Land when he opened his envelope. Subsequently, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel stepped forward to inform everyone that Moonlight had indeed won the award. He showed the inside of the envelope to the cameras as proof.
“I knew I would screw this up,” said Kimmel who is a first-time host. “I promise to never come back.”
Nonetheless, it wasn’t Kimmel’s fault as the pair presenting that category had been given the Best Actress envelope to open instead of Best Picture.
After much inquiry, PwC has pointed out exactly who was responsible for the error. Read about how the presenters get the results before going onstage here.
Here’s a statement released by PwC on the 2017 Oscar blunder ;
“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. We sincerely apologise to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Jimmy Kimmel, ABC, and the Academy, none of whom was at fault for last night’s errors.
We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each of them for the graciousness they displayed during such a difficult moment. For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and last night we failed the Academy.”
Meanwhile, Cullinan was allegedly distracted while tweeting pictures a few minutes before handing out the wrong envelope.