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The Academy's Statement About Oscars Best Picture Mistake

The Oscars Accounting Firm Has Released a Statement About That Best Picture Flub

PricewaterhouseCoopers released another statement about the Oscars snafu on Monday. "PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars," the new statement reads. "PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner."

It continues, "We are deeply sorry for the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight. We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Jimmy Kimmel, ABC, and the Academy, none of whom was at fault for last night's errors. We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each of them for the graciousness they displayed during such a difficult moment. For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and last night we failed the Academy." Academy spokesperson Teni Melidonian also revealed that the Academy has launched a review of the incident, adding, "We've essentially launched a review of the entire process that happens backstage and the way PwC has been handling of the envelopes and how they are carried out at the ceremony."

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On Sunday night, the unthinkable happened at the Oscars: the wrong winner was announced in the best picture category, mistakenly awarding La La Land with the honor instead of Moonlight. So much has happened in the precious few hours since the incident in question. Most notably, PricewaterhouseCoopers — the accounting firm that partners with the Academy and counts the votes — has already released an official statement. "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," the release read. "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."

When it comes to the fallout, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Backstage in the press room, Emma Stone, Barry Jenkins, and Mahershala Ali all provided insight into the moment. The internet lit up with reactions from celebrities and other hilarious tweets.

On Monday, U.S. chairman and senior partner Tim Ryan elaborated further on what went down. "At the end of the day we made a human error," he told USA Today. "We made a mistake. What happened was, our partner on the left side of the stage, Brian Cullinan, he handed the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty. And then the second we realized that we notified the appropriate parties and corrected the mistake . . . It was a little chaotic and just took time to get out onstage and let people know that the mistake was made. And unfortunately that took enough time to get through two and a half acceptance speeches." We feel for you, Brian Cullinan.

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