EXCLUSIVE: OSCARS ACCOUNTANTS WERE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF BEST PICTURE BLUNDER, TELLING INSIDE EDITION ON RED CARPET: “WE’RE NOT NERVOUS. WE’VE DONE THIS A FEW TIMES AND WE PREPARE A LOT.”
OSCARS ACCOUNTANTS WERE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF BEST PICTURE BLUNDER, TELLING INSIDE EDITION ON RED CARPET:
“WE’RE NOT NERVOUS. WE’VE DONE THIS A FEW TIMES AND WE PREPARE A LOT.”
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New York, NY — February 25, 2017 – Before the best picture blunder that would become the biggest mistake in Oscars history, INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret spoke with PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) executives as they made the traditional red carpet walk, grasping suitcases containing the winning envelopes. PwC is the accounting firm responsible for handling the Oscars voting and awards distribution.
INSIDE EDITION’s Moret asked PwC veterans Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, “Are you nervous? Is this a big deal for you?”
Cullinan replied, “It’s certainly a big deal, but we’re not nervous. We’ve done this a few times and we prepare a lot.”
However, later that evening, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced that the most coveted award of the night, best picture, would go to “La La Land.” But as the film wrapped up its acceptance speeches, it was announced that “Moonlight” actually won best picture.
PwC apologized in a statement on Monday: “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 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.”
For INSIDE EDITION’s coverage of the 89th Academy Awards, tune in on Monday, February 25th. For stations and times in your area, check local listings at www.insideedition.com.
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