PwC’s Oscars flop may not do long-term damage to its reputation – Los Angeles Times

It’s a dream job for those who normally toil in obscurity poring over rows of dry financial statements and complex tax returns.

But for giant accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, its handling of the balloting process for the Academy Awards suddenly turned into a public-relations nightmare.

One of the two accountants in charge of Oscars vote counting mistakenly handed actor Warren Beatty the wrong envelope for the best picture award, sparking the chaotic ending of the Academy Awards ceremony, a spokesman for the accounting firm said Monday.

Beatty was handed the wrong envelope during Sunday night’s show by Brian Cullinan, a managing partner and its lead partner for the Oscars balloting, PwC spokesman Mao-Lin Shen said. Shen declined to elaborate, but the firm is continuing to investigate what happened. 


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