Oscars keeps PwC despite best picture snafu

Earlier this month, an Academy spokesperson confirmed to ET, however, that the two accountants from PwC who were responsible for the Oscars flub, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, will not work the awards show again, but will remain partners at the firm.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued an email to members on Wednesday confirming the news, maintaining that the two companies' 83-year history will continue.

Ms Boone Isaacs added that the Academy had been "unsparing in our assessment that the mistake made by representatives of the firm was unacceptable".

Cullinan was seen backstage during the show frequently using his cell phone, and he made multiple posts on Twitter, including a photo of best-actress victor Emma Stone with her Oscar - a picture likely taken at about the time Cullinan was handing Beatty the wrong envelope.

"At the end of the day, we made a human error", Tim Ryan, the U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC, told USA Today last month.

PwC officials conceded shortly after the February foul-up - during which "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture victor, even though "Moonlight" had actually won - that one of its partners, Brian Cullinan, handed presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope before the actor walked on stage.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chose to retain the firm to tabulate the ballots for the Oscars despite the colossal screw-up that happened with the Best Picture envelope.

Following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' meeting Tuesday, the board of governors outlined numerous safeguards, including the addition of a third balloting official in the control room during broadcasts and a ban on PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants using electronic devices during the ceremony, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Boone Isaacs said balloting partners will be required to participate in Oscar rehearsals going forward.

Ms Boone Isaacs called it "the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades".

  • Salvatore Jensen