Did the Envelope Fiasco Happen Because the Person in Charge Was Too Busy Tweeting?
Price Waterhouse Coopers says several mistakes caused Oscars best picture flub.
PwC, an accounting firm based in London, has tabulated the votes for the Academy Awards for 83 years.
The “Wall Street Journal” says that WARREN BEATTY and FAYE DUNAWAY might have been given the wrong envelope because the man who’s entrusted with keeping everything straight was preoccupied with Twitter.
His name is Brian Cullinan, and he’s a partner at PwC. He was all over Twitter during the night, even tweeting a picture after Emma Stone won her award. He’s since deleted those Tweets.
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) February 28, 2017
PwC partner in charge of Oscar-winner envelopes was tweeting backstage minutes before best-picture mix-up https://t.co/hnxqFyFOaw
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 27, 2017
Reaction to the mistake has been swift and harsh.
‘You had one job!’ and with one person tweeting the Price acronym could stand for “probably wrong card.
PwC uses two complete sets of the envelopes, with one placed on each side of the stage. Mr. Cullinan was handling one side, and the other partner overseeing the voting process, Martha L. Ruiz, was handling the other.
The design of the envelopes could have been a factor. Also, the Oscars changed the look of the envelopes this year, from red writing on gold envelopes to gold on red, which might have made them harder to read.
No word on if they are handling it next year or if their longstanding contract was in jeopardy.
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