Two Auditors Banned From Oscars Over Best Picture Mistake

2 March 2017, 12:05

Oscars Best Picture Gaffe 2017

According to reports, those responsible for mixing up the results will not be returning to the ceremony next year.

The two auditors who mixed up the Oscars results will not return for the ceremony next year.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has confirmed Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz - who were tasked with handing over the correct envelopes to the presenters at the awards ceremony - will not be in charge of it when the 90th Academy Awards take place next year.

Isaacs also refused to confirm or deny if the Academy would continue using PricewaterhouseCoopers - who have worked alongside the Academy for over 80 years - and said their working relationship was under review.

The incident occurred when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope by Cullinan. Instead of the Best Picture envelope, they were given the Best Actress in a Leading Role card, leading to the mix up, which caused chaos onstage as bosses tried to rectify the issue and announce 'Moonlight' were the actual winners of the award rather than La La Land.

Watch the moment it unfolded here: 

It is believed Cullinan handed over the wrong envelope after getting distracted backstage.

In a statement, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said: "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. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

However, the nominees were forgiving of what happened.

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins called the whole thing "messy but kind of gorgeous".

He said: "It's messy, but it's kind of gorgeous. You have these two groups of people who came together for a second. There's a picture with me hugging Jordan [Horowitz, a producer of 'La La Land'], and Adele [Romanski, producer of 'Moonlight'] has her arm on his shoulder. That's what the moment was."