Minutes before handing Beatty the wrong envelope, Cullinan tweeted a photo of Best Actress winner Emma Stone backstage. He’d been told not to use social media during the ceremony — presumably because it could lead to a terrible error like, for example, handing a presenter the wrong envelope. Ruiz is also shouldering the blame because she failed to follow protocol that would have rectified the error within seconds. As Cullinan and Ruiz wrung their hands in the wings for over two minutes, the La La Land producers became the first people ever to deliver a Best Picture acceptance speech for an award they hadn’t won.
The Academy’s future with PwC remains unclear, but the firm is in the midst of major damage control. The 54 members of the Academy’s board of governors will convene on March 28, possibly to make a decision regarding whether or not they’ll continue to work with PwC.
If you think you’re having a tough week at the office, just try to imagine how many awkward questions Cullinan and Ruiz are undoubtedly fielding from their colleagues right now.
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