Tweeting accountant blamed for Oscar mix-up

An accountant for the Academy Awards botched the meticulous procedure for announcing the Oscar for best picture, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said on Monday. Edward Baran reports.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (Reuters) – This is the man who botched the procedure for announcing the best picture Oscar.

Accountants Pricewaterhouse Coopers say Brian Cullinan handed the back-up envelope for actress in a leading role instead of the envelope for best picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

It meant “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight” was announced.

Media reports say he’d been tweeting, posting a picture of Emma Stone just minutes before.

PwC said it took full responsibility and that once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it weren’t followed through quickly enough.

In fact the mistake wasn’t rectified until the “La La Land” cast and producers were up on stage and giving their speeches.

It was left to the musical’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, to put things right.