When you fuck up so bad, multiple apologies are probably in order.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that has handled the Oscars votes for the past 83 years, is apologizing again for the mix-up that caused one of the most embarrassing situations onstage at the Oscars EVER.
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The firm released a second apology statement late Monday evening regarding the mistake made 24 hours earlier at the award show, and this time they also mentioned the fact that the two people tasked with giving out the envelopes, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, did not act "quickly enough" to correct the mistake.
As you may know, three La La Land producers managed to give their speeches before the mistake was rectified.
Their new statement reads:
"PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars. [Brian Cullinan] mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner."
Damn right they weren't! Cullinan and Ruiz should have stormed that stage immediately to set things right (even though it would still have been embarrassing as hell).
The Academy of Arts and Sciences also finally released their own apology on Monday, saying:
"We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night's Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize. For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
What a mess it was! But let's all move on, shall we?
Hopefully something like this will never happen again.
[Image via ABC]
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