And the loser is … PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The worldwide accounting agency has apologized for the embarrassing envelope combine-up that resulted in “La La Land” being wrongly introduced as greatest image on the Oscars.
It is nonetheless not clear precisely how PwC, which has administered the Oscars balloting course of for greater than eighty years, allowed the flawed purple envelope to be carried on stage in a snafu that spoiled Hollywood’s largest second of the yr.
PwC says it maintains management over “all points” of the Academy’s voting course of.
The agency has sole custody of all votes, and is liable for maintaining the outcomes confidential. As soon as the ballots have been tabulated, two senior accountants memorize each winner, after which put together two briefcases with the envelopes utilized by presenters on the large night time.
The 2 accountants — Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan — carry the briefcases to the ceremony by way of “separate, secret routes.” The pair stand backstage and hand envelopes to award presenters earlier than they stroll onstage.
It was a breakdown within the last stage of this course of that led presenter Faye Dunaway to announce “La La Land” because the winner of cinema’s most prestigious prize, just for “Moonlight” to be confirmed because the true champion moments later.
What went improper?
The primary signal that one thing was amiss got here when Warren Beatty took an prolonged pause earlier than displaying the cardboard to his fellow presenter. Dunaway went forward, saying “La La Land” as greatest image.
The forged and crew of the musical reacted in typical style: They bounded as much as the stage and commenced issuing a flurry of “thank yous” to supporters and relations. A person sporting a headset and holding an envelope then appeared onstage.
It fell to “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz to elucidate that one thing had gone very mistaken.
“I am sorry, there is a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys gained greatest image.”
“This isn’t a joke,” he stated. He flashed the actual card on the crowd: “Moonlight,” it learn.
Beatty instructed that he had been given the fallacious envelope.
“I need to inform you what occurred,” Beatty stated earlier than leaving the stage. “I opened the envelope and it stated ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ That is why I took such an extended take a look at Faye.”
Cullinan, the managing associate for PwC’s enterprise in Southern California, defined the envelope logistics in an interview published on Medium on February 10.
“The producers determine what the order of the awards shall be. We every have a full set. I’ve all 24 envelopes in my briefcase; Martha has all 24 in hers. We stand on reverse sides of the stage, proper off-display, for all the night, and we every hand the respective envelope to the presenter. It does not sound very difficult, however you need to ensure you’re giving the presenter the best envelope,” he stated.
It isn’t clear why two units of envelopes are wanted, however safety seems to be a serious concern for PwC. The briefcases used are stored beneath lock and key, for instance.
PwC apologized to the casts of each movies, in addition to Beatty and Dunaway, for the “error.”
“The presenters had mistakenly been given the mistaken class envelope and when found, was instantly corrected,” the agency stated in a press release. “We’re presently investigating how this might have occurred, and deeply remorse that this occurred.
PwC has prior to now portrayed its involvement
“PwC’s position within the Oscars balloting course of represents the agency’s lasting legacy of utmost accuracy and confidentiality,” Ruiz stated in a press release issued earlier than the 2015 ceremony.
On Sunday, Cullinan’s twitter feed was full of photographs taken backstage on the occasion — together with greatest supporting actress Viola Davis and greatest actress Emma Stone.
Later, after PwC issued its apology, all Oscar night time tweets disappeared from Cullinan’s account.
“We respect the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and [host] Jimmy Kimmel dealt with the state of affairs,” PwC stated in its assertion.
CNNMoney (London) First revealed February 27, 2017: 5:35 AM ET