Academy President, Cheryl Bone Isaacs told the Associated Press that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for the Best Picture blunder at Sunday night’s Oscars will not be invited back. A spokesperson for the accounting firm confirmed that the two accountants will no longer participate in the awards ceremony.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were the two members of the firm in charge of the envelopes with the winners names on them. However, a mix-up by Cullinan resulted in Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway being given the Best Actress envelope rather than the one announcing Moonlight as Best Picture. Faye Dunaway named La Land as the winner.
Cullinan has drawn some scrutiny because he was tweeting from backstage right before handing Beatty the wrong envelope. Both Cullinan and Ruiz are still partners in the firm, but not a part of the Oscars.
Boone Issacs said that they are reviewing their ties to PwC altogether. In an interview with the New Yorker, She said that the thought that went through her mind when the best picture mistake was made was horror.
I looked out and I saw a member of Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what—what’s happening? said Boone Issacs. What what WHAT? What could possibly . . . ? And then I just thought, Oh, my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen.
I guess someone has to pay for the mistake but in the end, everyone was gracious and it made for a hell of an ending.