Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the brunt of the embarrassment for the Oscars Best Picture flub, but following the brutal mistake, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the votes at the show, made sure to take some of the blame. Read the company’s apology here.
We still cannot stop cringing over this incredibly uncomfortable moment at the 2017 Academy Awards. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner at the awards ceremony, and after multiple acceptance speeches were given, the movie’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, had to awkwardly inform the audience that the wrong results were read — it was actually Moonlight that was meant to take the honor.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accounting firm that has been tallying Oscar ballots for 83 years, issued an apologetic statement following the flub. “We sincerely apologize 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 company said. “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 this occurred. We appreciate the grace with with the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
The look of confusion on Warren’s face when he read the card for Best Picture was evident, and it was later revealed that he and Faye were actually looking at the Best Actress card, which had previously been awarded to Emma Stone from La La Land. In the press room after the show, though, Emma expressed confusion at how this could’ve happened, as she was already holding the Best Actress paper when this all went down. It turns out, though, that there are two of each card made, so at some point, there must’ve been a mix-up in which paper the night’s final presenters were given. Can we just take a second to give props to both movies, though?! They’re both SO deserving.
HollywoodLifers, were you totally shocked by the flub at the Oscars? Do you think Pricewaterhouse is to blame?