PwC in Hollywood mix-up
Oscar night fiasco over best picture winner
The big four firm was dragged into a fiasco when it was realised that La La Land had been wrongly announced as the winner of the best picture.
The presenters for the final award — Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway — were incorrectly handed the wrong envelope containing the winner of best female actress.
A confused Beatty saw Emma Stone’s name and “La La Land,” and handed the envelope to Dunaway, who then announced the musical as the Best Picture winner.
As stars and producers of La La Land gave their acceptance speeches an official from PwC, which tallies the votes, tried to get on stage to rectify the mistake. It should have gone to Moonlight.
Host for the 89th Academy Awards Jimmy Kimmel told the cast that Moonlight had won.
PwC has handled the ballot for 83 years and members of the team are the only people who know the winners before they are announced at the ceremony.
Last night, PwC partners Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan attended the ceremony. Today, the firm’s spokesman issued a statement on the mix-up.
“We sincerely apologise 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.”
La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz was gracious in accepting the error, immediately calling the producers of Moonlight to the stage and passing over his Oscar trophy.
La La Land didn’t leave empty handed. It had already won four awards.
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
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