Sounds like that PwC accountant responsible for the embarrassing Oscars blunder could have been a little more focused on doing his job than chasing fame.
As you know, Brian Cullinan was tweeting pics of Emma Stone on Sunday when he accidentally handed off the duplicate Best Actress envelope to Warren Beatty instead of Best Picture. Smh.
We’re now hearing that Brian also allegedly asked show producers for him and his colleague Martha Ruiz to be a part of a sketch with Jimmy Kimmel at some point during the show — an idea that was supposedly turned down!
Despite these reports, however, a rep from the accounting firm tells Variety that this is absolutely not true — and Brian was just meeting with the showrunners because the company was still a little offended by Chris Rock‘s joke last year when he brought three Asian-American kids onstage to represent the accountants.
The representative argued:
“It is standard protocol for PwC to have conversations with the show’s producers about the firm’s involvement in the show. After last year’s sketch when the firm was cast in a defamatory way in front of millions of people, Brian Cullinan spoke with the producers to ensure that the firm would not be cast in the same light. Brian did not want to perform a sketch during the show.”
Well, Cullinan certainly got attention whether he was seeking it or not!
Following the incident, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, emailed the group’s members promising “changes will be implemented” to avoid this commotion in the future:
“By now, thanks to the non-stop coverage the past few days, we all know that the wrong envelope and the problems that ensued were caused by the failure of PwC’s accountants to follow established protocols and their delay in immediately remedying the situation. PwC has accepted full responsibility for the error. Rest assured changes will be implemented to ensure this never happens again.”
We’re so interested to find out how the awards show will learn from this mistake!
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]