PwC To Blame For Oscars Debacle
And ‘Best Picture’ goes to… La La Land!
But wait, they actually didn’t win – Moonlight did. In one of the most bizarre things to ever happen at the Oscars, this sort of gaffe certainly isn’t new. After the dust had settled, and the Moonlight crew took the stage to accept their win, everyone was still left wondering, “How could this happen?”
It didn’t take too long before PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accounting firm in charge of tallying the Oscar ballots, to accept responsibility for the error.
— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 27, 2017
As it turns out, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope when announcing the Best Picture winner. The envelope contained another card for Best Actress winner, Emma Stone. While Beatty was visibly confused, Dunaway chose to make a guess. Given how it was basically a 50/50 toss-up between La La Land and Moonlight, she elected to say the former. It was a risky choice, especially with the wrong card in tow, and it backfired – which gave us the biggest goof-up in Academy Award history.
— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) February 27, 2017
While PwC took blame for the mistake, it still might have been a good idea to, you know, get the right envelope before making the biggest announcement of the night?
Anyways, we’re sure Steve Harvey let out the biggest sigh of relief ever after this happened.
Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss? #Oscars
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) February 27, 2017