Warren Beatty didn’t do it.
Faye Dunaway didn’t do it.
Emma Stone didn’t do it.
Jimmy Kimmel didn’t do it.
Well, the Academy Awards mystery has been solved and we now know who did do it.
According to the Associated Press, it was the accountants who messed up the winners’ envelopes – causing ‘La La Land’ to be wrongly announced as Best Motion Picture…
When in fact ‘Moonlight’ was the true winner.
It’s the biggest snafu in the 89-year history of the Oscars.
And PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were right in the middle of it.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the film academy, said it was Cullinan and Ruiz who were in charge of the winners’ envelopes – and they muffed the handoff.
And right when accountants were starting to be cool. Did you catch Ben Affleck as a freelance accountant who puts the dead in deadline? Not the way Hollywood normally portrays number crunchers.
Alas, the CPA’s day in the sun was DOA.
Meanwhile, doing their best “Last Samurai” imitation, PwC fell on their sword. Firm brass released a statement saying, “For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and [on Sunday night] we failed the Academy.”
Boone Isaacs announced that “the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ relationship with PwC… remains under review.”
Poor Brian and Martha. They went from walking the red carpet to being called out on it.
As punishment, they’ve been banned from the Oscars ceremony forever.
What do the reputed culprits have to say? They’re not talking.
But rumor has it that the motive was revenge – for the Academy’s refusal to nominate ‘The Accountant’ for an Oscar.