We’re three days into Envelopeageddon, and we’ve pretty much gotten to the bottom of how La La Land was mistakenly announced as Best Picture at the Oscars over the actual winner, Moonlight. The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers admitted that they accidentally gave Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope. PwC’s apologies still aren’t enough for Warren and he wants a full explanation of what happened on Sunday night.
Warren released a statement through the Associated Press yesterday urging the Academy of Motion Pictures President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to let people know what happened.
“I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible.”
The Academy did release a statement regarding the Best Picture mistake on Monday. Warren must have missed it.
“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the best picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved – including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide – we apologize.”
I think what would please Warren is if Cheryl Boone Isaacs held a special little awards ceremony in which she announces Warren Beatty as the winner of the Not Responsible For This award.
One person who isn’t invited back to the Oscars is PwC accountant and Emma Stone’s biggest fan Brian Cullinan. TMZ says that the AMPAS president made the decision not to have Brian Cullinan and fellow PwC accountant Martha Ruiz back to the Oscars next year. Brian and Martha will still get to keep their jobs at PwC.
One of the theories for why the Best Picture envelope got switched with the Best Actress envelope was because Brian was too distracted with tweeting. As it turns out, tweeting was something Brian was specifically asked not to do before the show. A source tells People that Brian was told he was allowed to use social media before he arrived at the ceremony and on the red carpet, but once inside, he was supposed to stop tweeting and focus on his job. However, another source contradicts that by telling TMZ that Brian was encouraged by the Academy to tweet.
It’s pretty clear what happened here. I don’t see how Warren Beatty would need further clarification. But if he’s not satisfied, might I suggest he call up NBC and ask them to break it down for him in a special two-hour Dateline episode called Lie Lie Land.