Who’s At Fault In Oscars’ Best Picture Screw Up? PricewaterhouseCoopers Issues Apology
Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers took full responsibility for last night’s mix up at the Oscars.
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS APOLOGIZES FOR SCREW UP
The night went smoothly for the 89th Academy Awards last night until the very last category, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway erroneously announced that La La Land had won Best Picture. The cast celebrated for a moment before realizing that Moonlight had actually won.
“I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake,” said La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz. “Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke,” he said as he beckoned the other film cast and crew on stage. “I’m gonna be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.”
“Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened. Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” joked host Jimmy Kimmel, referring to the mishap when Harvey announced the wrong winner for the Miss Universe pageant last year.
Fortunately for Kimmel and Harvey, the blame for the incident has been taken by PwC. “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,” read the statement from the firm. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
Beatty explained to the crowd right after the event that he had been given an envelope that declared Emma Stone the winner of the Best Actress award, which is why he hesitated for so long before saying anything. Stone, for her part, said she had definitely taken her winning envelope, so Beatty must have been given the duplicate by mistake.
— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 27, 2017