By Omolola Sodunke
Price Waterhouse Coopers, the firm in charge of the Oscars balloting process on behalf of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a big blunder Oscar night when it mixed up
envelopes containing winner of – best picture at the Oscars .
“La La Land” was first wrongly announced as best picture, but the error was quickly corrected to
“Moonlight” as the true winners’ moments later.
PwC is classed a firm of high repute for its professionalism which has earned them the role as sole,
administrator of the Oscar’s balloting process, for more than 80 years says the organizers .
“We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this
occurred.” PwC has said in its apology letter according to CNN.
The company says the error is the first of its kinds as they take upmost dexterity and secrecy in
collating and keeping the Oscars results safe and confidential. The firm says the process are in
different stages with final results being memorised by two top accounts, results enveloped, put in
two briefcases and transported to the venue on show day by “separate, secret routes.” The
briefcases are then handed to the two accountants who in turn hand the containing envelopes to
the presenters as the different categories are called.
The firm in its apology letter said “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category
envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected,” the statement read.
While apologising to all involved in the mix up, PwC praised the attitude of all affected and how they
have handled the issues.
“We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and [host] Jimmy Kimmel
handled the situation,” PwC said in its statement quoted on CNN.