The two PwC accountants responsible for the very awkward La La Land and Moonlight mix-up at Sunday's Academy Awards are sure to never make that mistake again. That's because they won't be allowed back at the Oscars, after making what could be considered the biggest mistake in the award show's 89-year history.
The cause of the envelope gaffe was revealed on Monday, and it's Twitter. President of the film academy Cheryl Boon Isaacs says that accountant Brian Cullinan—he's the one who mistakenly handed presenter Warren Beatty the "Best Actress" envelope—was distracted backstage, The Boston Globe reports. Minutes before the incorrect winner was announced by Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Cullinan had posted a photo of Emma Stone with her new Oscar to Twitter, after he was explicitly told not to Tweet!
Another good man lost to the evils of social media, as "Never Tweet" remains the best and only edict for the internet age. He's since deleted the image, but boy oh boy has the damage already been done.
While Cullinan was the one responsible for the mistake, his PwC partner, Martha Ruiz, will also no longer be allowed to work for the Academy Awards, which honestly seems unfair considering that she did nothing wrong? Unless, of course, there is more to the story.
The Globe also reports that Boon Isaacs announced that the Academy's relationship with PwC, remains under review. The accounting firm has been tallying and delivering the results for the awards show for 83 years, but The Academy does not play around, people! You can be good for 83 years, have one little whoopsie, and be OUTTA THERE! So, I guess the moral of this story is never mess up, never tweet, and even if you do neither of those things, you're still not safe (if you were planning on being an accountant for the Oscars).