Friday, May 24, 2024

Oscar Accountants “Sincerely Apologize” to the World for Most Embarrassing Moment at Worst Time


There’s no accounting: PwC has issued an apology for their shoddy work at the Oscars:

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.

Nothing can really satisfy very stupid people, like Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News, who took his venom out on Warren Beatty this morning. But the answer is, the envelope snafu was human error. The Academy will have to investigate as well as the production company. They will have to explain why a live woman’s face was on In Memoriam card, too. (That’s pretty stupid.)

But there were plenty of great things last night. Two black actors won. A black man won best adapted screenplay. His movie won Best Picture. The whole look of the Oscars has changed, seemingly, overnight. And I learned that Red Vines– the west coast equivalent of Twizzlers– are disgusting.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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