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PwC accountants blamed for Oscar gaffe barred from future shows

Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 01:00

Two PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants blamed for the Oscars best picture blunder will not work the ceremony again, according to the organisers of the Academy Awards. Sarah Charlton reports.

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The two accountants blamed for one of the biggest, and most embarrassing, moments in the Oscar history have been officially declared unfit for duty. Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, partners at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, are now barred from helping out with Oscar votes, and from handing out envelopes containing the winning names. A mix-up of those all-important cards caused a massive blunder on Sunday (February 26) night, as La La Land was incorrectly named best picture. The cast and producers were half way through their acceptance speeches before the mistake emerged and Moonlight crowned instead. For 83 years PwC has overseen balloting for the Academy Awards - Hollywood's highest honours. The firm took full responsibility for the blunder, widely blamed on backstage distractions. Cullinan was found to have posted a photo of actress Emma Stone on Twitter just minutes before the mistake. That tweet, now deleted.

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PwC accountants blamed for Oscar gaffe barred from future shows

Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 01:00