Os­car mix-up, PwC ex­ec­u­tives get threats


In the days since Sun­day night’s Os­cars cer­e­mony, dur­ing which La La Land was in­cor­rectly named Best Pic­ture in­stead of Moon­light be­fore the mis­take was cor­rected, the fall­out has ac­cu­mu­lated to fright­en­ing lev­els for the two Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers ac­counts re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the cer­e­mony.

The two PwC ex­ec­u­tives Martha Ruiz and Brian Cul­li­nan have re­ceived death threats over their in­volve­ment in the de­ba­cle and have been given se­cu­rity de­tails to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies. The Acad­emy an­nounced that it would not in­vite the two ex­ec­u­tives back for any future event in­clud­ing Os­cars, though they will keep their jobs at the firm. Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers’s in­volve­ment in future cer­e­monies which was un­der re­view, has now been cleared. Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous ac­counts of the goof up, Cul­li­nan was di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for hand­ing War­ren Beatty the wrong en­ve­lope to an­nounce Best Pic­ture.

PwC which has over­seen Os­car bal­lot­ing for 83 years has been re­tained by the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­tures.

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