The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences confirmed Wednesday that it will retain accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers despite the envelope mishap that tarnished the conclusion of last month’s Academy Awards.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants from PwC who were responsible for the error that resulted in Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly announcing that La La Land had won the Best Picture Oscar rather than the true winner, Moonlight, have been removed from the account. In their place, PwC partner Rick Rosas, who handled the ballots from 2002 to 2013, will return to the Dolby Theatre along with another accountant to be named at a later date. As an added precaution, a third accountant will be positioned in the control room with the Academy producers to ensure that any future mistake can be quickly corrected.
Another new precaution being put in place is a rule banning accountants from carrying their cell phones into the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night. PwC partner Brian Cullinan had tweeted (and later deleted) a photo of Best Actress winner Emma Stone backstage just minutes before the Best Picture mix-up occurred.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued an email to members on Wednesday confirming the news, maintaining that the two companies’ 83-year history will continue.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.