The two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants who had been connected to a quite public mix-up at the Oscars this year will not be involved in the awards show once more, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesperson told ABC News.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, who worked on the balloting team for 4 and three years, respectively, have been relieved of their academy duties.
Cullinan was responsible for handing the wrong envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway moments ahead of she incorrectly announced "La La Land" as the winner of the greatest image award.
"When the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed via rapidly sufficient by Mr. Cullinan or his partner," PwC mentioned in a statement shortly immediately after the show.
The most effective image honor in fact went to "Moonlight."
The day following the awards show, PwC took complete duty for the gaffe and "breaches of established protocols." In a statement obtained by ABC News, the firm apologized to the casts and crews of "La La Land" and "Moonlight," as nicely as to Beatty, Dunaway, host Jimmy Kimmel, ABC and the academy.
"For the past 83 years, the academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process in the course of the ceremony, and final evening we failed the academy," study the statement, issued correct following the show. "PwC companion Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for actress in a top role rather of the envelope for best picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway."
The academy later issued a statement of its personal and also apologized to the "La La Land" and "Moonlight" teams, as effectively as Oscar viewers.
"For the final 83 years, the academy has entrusted PwC to deal with the essential tabulation course of action, which includes the correct delivery of results," the academy's statement study. "PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took location in the course of the ceremony. We have spent last night and nowadays investigating the circumstances and will figure out what actions are proper, going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Image Arts and Sciences."
According to the PwC site, Cullinan had been portion of the balloting team considering the fact that 2014 and is an accountant with a lot more than 30 years of practical experience. Ruiz became a balloting co-leader in 2015 after spending extra than 10 years on the group and has been with PwC for 19 years. Each accountants are still partners with PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to the firm's spokesperson.
Stephanie Wash contributed to this report.
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