THE company in charge of counting the Oscars votes, making the all-important winners' envelopes, and handing said envelopes to presenters to announce the results has said that protocol wasn't followed quickly enough on Sunday night when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelopes and incorrectly announced the winner of Best Picture was La La Land, when it was Moonlight.Oscars 2017: The Best Picture Mix-Up As It Happened
Oscars 2017: The Best Picture Mix-Up As It Happened
“Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr Cullinan or his partner,” the company wrote in a statement, reports US Weekly, referring to Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, who were at the ceremony on behalf of PwC. Following the incorrect announcement, the cast and crew of La La Land were allowed to arrive on stage, with producer Fred Berger delivering an impassioned acceptance speech, before the mistake was made known, causing embarrassment, shock and disbelief in those on stage, in the audience, and watching the ceremony worldwide.
PWC, which has been managing the Oscars results since the Thirties, also took the opportunity to apologise for a second time to Beatty and Dunaway, as well as the cast and crew of both films, and presenter Jimmy Kimmel.
“We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each of them for the graciousness they displayed during such a difficult moment,” the statement said. “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.”