PwC managing partner distracted by Stone moments before major mix-up

After PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) issued a statement apologizing for the embarrassing mistake during Sunday night’s Oscars, it turns out that the person who caused the mix-up was none other than the accounting firm’s managing partner Brian Cullinan. Cullinan was apparently distracted backstage and handed a duplicate envelope for best actress to the announcers for best picture.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) managing partner Brian Cullinan is apparently to blame for the unforgettable and embarrassing mix-up during Sunday night’s Oscars. According to reports, Cullinan was seen backstage tweeting just a few minutes before Warren Beatty announced the wrong winner for the best picture award. PwC is the company in charge of counting the Oscar voting and handling the envelopes.

Cullinan was tweeting a picture of Emma Stone just after she won the award for best actress. Three minutes later, he reportedly handed Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for the best picture category. The wrong envelope was apparently a duplicate copy of the best actress envelope featuring Stone’s name.

The picture that Cullinan tweeted of Stone Photo Credit: Twitter/Channel 2 News

Beatty, who was unaware that he was holding the wrong envelope, went onstage in order to announce the winner for the best picture category. When he opened the envelope, he saw Stone’s name for the movie La La Land and suspected that something was off. Beatty showed the envelope to Dunaway and the two assumed that La La Land had won best picture.

After the stars from La La Land took the stage in order to accept the award, the Oscars producers realized the big mistake. Even La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz understood that it was a mistake when he saw the correct envelope bearing the name Moonlight.  

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