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Accountants Involved in Oscar Mix-Up Won't Work On Show Ever Again

The two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants involved with the Best Picture envelope mix-up at the Oscars will not work at the Academy Awards show ever again.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced that Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, who handled the envelopes, won't be allowed to work the event.

A spokesperson at accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed the pair had "been taken off the Academy Awards but they will still remain partners at the firm."

The mix-up was especially enraging to the Academy because a timeline of events appeared to show that Cullinan was distracted backstage as he took photos of Best Actress winner Emma Stone backstage to post on social media, instead of being focused on his job.

The envelope mix-up happened after that very moment as presenters were handed the back-up envelope for the already announced Best Actress card with 'La La Land' on it instead of the Best Picture card with 'Moonlight'.

"They have one job to do. One job to do!," an upset Boone Isaacs told AP. "Obviously there was a distraction."

March 2, 2017 |

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