PwC accountants, responsible for Oscars snafu, won't be back for future ceremony

  • PwC accountants, responsible for Oscars snafu, won't be back for future ceremony

PwC accountants, responsible for Oscars snafu, won't be back for future ceremony

Tim Ryan, US chairman and senior partner at PwC, told Variety magazine that Brian Cullinan, one of two accountants responsible for the presenters' envelopes, gave Beatty the wrong one as the Hollywood star took to the stage with Dunaway.

"We sincerely apologize to 'Moonlight, ' 'La La Land, ' Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture", PwC said in a statement to the media. The correct envelope read Moonlight as the victor.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tabulates and hands out the results, took responsibility for the mistake and issued an apology to all involved, blaming Brian Cullinan, chairman of the USA board of PwC, for not following the correct procedures.

If a mistake occurs, Cullinan or Ruiz is supposed to go on stage to announce the correction.

'Then, of course, there was the last 90 seconds - and what angered me, I would say, in these last couple days is (the focus on) this 90 seconds and moving to the side the brilliance of the day'.

Warren Beatty has said he wants Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs "publicly clarify" what happened during the best picture presentation at Sunday night's Oscars ceremony.

Boone Isaacs added that Cullinan was distracted before giving the envelope as he was tweeting a picture of Emma Stone backstage. "One job to do", Boone Isaacs said, according to the AP.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Cullinan had tweeted a photo of best actress victor Emma Stone backstage moments before handing the incorrect envelope to Beatty. 'Obviously there was a distraction'.

An academy representative no official statement is planned at this time. The accounting firm eventually posted two apologies taking responsibility for the mix-up.