The man who turned the Os­cars into a la-la-laugh­ing stock

Heads must roll for best pic blun­der­land

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCKTIN US Ed­i­tor chris.bucktin@mir­

THERE was only one nom­i­nee for big­gest blun­der at the Os­cars – ac­coun­tants Price­wa­ter­house­coop­ers.

Last night there were calls for heads to roll af­ter PWC bosses handed over the wrong en­velopes so La La Land was in­cor­rectly an­nounced as Best Pic­ture in­stead of Moon­light. Screen leg­ends War­ren Beatty and Faye Du­n­away pre­sented the gong. PWC made a grov­el­ling apol­ogy but hun­dreds took to so­cial me­dia de­mand­ing the firm and the peo­ple in­volved are fired. Pwc’s US board chair­man Brian Cul­li­nan and tax part­ner Martha Ruiz, seen on the red car­pet with match­ing cases, were in charge of hand­ing out en­velopes con­tain­ing the win­ners’ names. Ear­lier Mr Cul­li­nan had bragged about his leader- ship say­ing there had “never been a prob­lem” and de­scribed their roles as the “coolest job an ac­coun­tant can have.” He said: “We each hand the re­spec­tive en­ve­lope to the pre­sen­ter. It doesn’t sound com­pli­cated but you have to make sure you’re giv­ing the pre­sen­ter the right en­ve­lope.” Johnathan Pear­son wrote on Facebook: “Pwc’s role is un­ten­able. Brought shame on Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest night of the year. They have to go. They’re toast.” Brandon Mills wrote: “Looks like @Thea­cademy will be look­ing for a new au­dit­ing firm next year. @ PWC, you’re fired!” Gil­lian Brock­ell said: “It’s ei­ther Martha or Brian at @PWC_ LLP get­ting fired.”

BLUN­DER Ac­coun­tancy firm boss Brian Cul­li­nan gave out en­velopes


The Lov­ing star showed how cov­ered up can still be sexy in scar­let Valentino Vic­to­ri­ana with sheer de­tail­ing. 5/5 NICOLE KIDMAN, 49 The Lion star looked nearly nude in Ar­mani Prive. Stunning bead­ing but a punchier shade was re­quired. 3/5 EMMA STONE, 28 The Best Ac­tress was the golden girl in a flirty 1920s-style fringed, Givenchy Haute Cou­ture dress. La La love it. 5/5 BY LAU­REN GOODWIN-GRAFTON WHILE in­side the Os­cars they are busy giv­ing out lit­tle gold men, we all know the real con­test is on the red car­pet for Best Frock. It was a de­mure, classy dis­play this year…

GONG WRONG Beatty at cen­tre of melee at awards

SAD CASES Ruiz and Cul­li­nan pre-awards

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