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Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz
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    Accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
    ’Ballot handlers’ for the 89th Academy Awards (February 26, 2017)
    Largely responsible for ‘La La Land’ mistakenly being announced as Best Picture instead of ‘Moonlight’
    Cullinan gave presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway a duplicate ‘Best Actress’ envelope (containing a card reading, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land’) instead of the Best Picture envelope.
    In an interview with Huffington Post before the ceremony, Cullinan said there was no specific protocol for dealing with a wrong winner being announced, but claimed ‘We would make sure the correct person was known very quickly.’
    Instead , it took more than a minute for either he or Ruiz to react, by which point the producers of ‘La La Land’ were on stage making their acceptance speeches.
    They were reluctant to intervene, with Oscar stage manager Gary Natoli saying, ‘We had to push them onstage, which was just shocking to me.’
    Although they were instructed not to use social media during the Oscarcast, Cullinan tweeted a picture of Emma Stone a few moments before handing out the wrong envelope.
    They were banned from participating in future Oscar ceremonies.
    They kept their jobs as accountants at PwC.
    Bodyguards had to be hired to protect them after personal information and pictures of their houses were posted on the internet.
    Rob Lowe can rest easier now that his duet with Snow White has been bumped to #2 on the list of most embarrassing Oscar moments.

Credit: C. Fishel

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