By: Amelia Fabiano
Academy Banning PwC Accountants Behind Oscars Mistake from Future Shows
PricewaterhouseCooper accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will not be invited back to the Academy Awards.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told the Associated Press the announcement on Wednesday, nearly four days after the Best Picture flub. A spokesperson from the firm confirmed the news as well.
Ruiz and Cullinan were tasked with keeping track of the envelopes with the winning names on them at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony. An envelope mix-up by Cullinan caused presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to mistakenly name ‘La La Land’ as best picture, instead of actual winner ‘Moonlight.’
Cullinan has been under fire after evidence on social media showed he tweeted minutes before handing the wrong envelope to Beatty.
“I looked out and I saw a member of Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what—what’s happening?” Boone Issacs said in an earlier ‘New Yorker’ interview. “What what WHAT? What could possibly . . . ? And then I just thought, Oh, my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen.”
She also told The Associated Press that the Academy’s relationship with PricewaterhouseCooper is under review. The firm has been responsible for tallying and revealing Oscar winners for 83 years.