The Academy Is Sticking With The People Responsible For The Oscars’ Best Picture Disaster
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will continue using the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers, despite their disastrous Best Picture mix-up at the finale of the 89th annual Oscars ceremony.
The Academy board of governors gathered on Tuesday night for their first conference since Oscars night where they made the decision to keep their long-term accounting partners involved going forward, according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, the Academy plans to implement a few safety measures to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen again.
Two of PwC’s accountants were responsible for handing over the wrong envelope for the Best Picture winner, leading to actor Warren Beatty incorrectly announcing “La La Land” as the winner although “Moonlight” won the award. PwC has since barred the two accountants from any future ceremonies.
The accounting firm’s U.S. chairman Tim Ryan addressed the board during the meeting where he apologized again for the their mistake and their failure to correct it as soon as it happened.
Under the new protocols, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan will take on a bigger role in overseeing the handling of the ceremony and two new PwC partners will be given the responsibility of handling the winning envelopes.
Additionally, the Academy wants to place a third “balloting leader privy to the results” in the control room to correct any mistakes if another occurs in the future. The Academy will also “regularly review PwC’s procedures and protocols to ensure that something like the ‘La La Land’/’Moonlight’ debate never occurs again.”