Oscars 2017: Accountants Hire Bodyguards Following Best Picture Mix-Up (UPDATE)
UPDATE #2 (3/02/17 at 10:26 a.m. ET)
Following the disastrous Best Picture debacle, the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants have hired security to protect them.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz started receiving death threats after the envelope mix-up on Sunday, February 26, according to TMZ.
They even got bodyguards to protect their spouses and families.
Thankfully they're not going to lose their jobs, but they will no longer be working the Academy Awards ever again.
Hey, that’s probably for the best!
UPDATE (2/28/17 at 10:55 a.m. ET)
PricewaterhouseCoopers finally explained what really happened during the Oscars 2017 Best Picture snafu heard ‘round the world.
“PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes,” the company’s statement reads.
“PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the backup envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.”
There are apparently two envelopes for each category, so Emma Stone had the one handed to her by presenter Leonardo DiCaprio and Brian had the other.
PwC continued to pour salt in Brian’s wound and said the accountant “didn’t act fast enough” to correct his mistake.
“Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner,” the statement continues.
Talk about throwing their employees under the bus!
Original Story (2/27/17 at 8:24 a.m. ET)
Somebody has some explaining to do!
The accounting firm that delivers the winning Oscars envelopes has apologized for the disastrous Best Picture mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards.
“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,” PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement following the show.
“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.”
At the very end of the show, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty incorrectly announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner.
“We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation,” the statement finished.
The entire La La Land cast was in the middle of their speeches when the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers came on stage to reveal the mistake and announce Moonlight as the winner.
“I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, La La Land. That’s why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Warren explained.
Thankfully Barry Jenkins, who directed Moonlight, wasn’t upset about the situation.
“No explanation. Things just happen. I will say, I saw two cards, and so things just happen.”
While the 37-year-old filmmaker didn’t have any hard feelings, Twitter exploded following the gaffe.
Even celebrities hilariously reacted to the sudden change.
IF ANYONE FROM THE IN MEMORIUM IS STILL ALIVE PLEASE LET US KNOWbilly eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017
John Travolta just called to congratulate Warren Beatty, as our nation celebrates the peaceful transfer of power btwn biggest Oscar ScrewupsDarren Criss (@DarrenCriss) February 27, 2017
Steve Harvey, who incorrectly announced the Miss Universe winner in 2015, reacted to snafu.
"Yeah, I know all about this. I know more than anyone else in the world about this," he said on his radio show Monday, February 27. "I am the creator of these moments. The epicurean of this."
"Because Warren made a mistake, does he have to die? Should he lose his life? Y'all wanna kill him? Well he needs security because of this."
The comedian also praised Warren for handling the situation well.
"Me and Warren handled it great. It's me and Warren's thing. We handled it great. At least the producers of the Oscars walked out with him... and they corrected the mistake on the night.
"Warren I know your pain! I can help Warren get through this. I'm [going to] show him how to handle it with dignity and grace,” he continued.
“Thank God for producers who stand with their talent. Unlike waiting the next day to handle it with the press, as it was suggested in my ear...I can help Warren get through this. Call me Warren, baby."
Wow! What did you think of the Best Picture mix-up? Was it handled correctly? Sound off below!
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