Here's the Punishment for PwC Oscars Accountants

The 2 accountants in charge of envelopes banned from future Oscars work
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Here's the Punishment for PwC Oscars Accountants
This Feb. 26, 2017 file photo shows Martha L. Ruiz, left, and Brian Cullinan from PricewaterhouseCoopers at the Oscars in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The PwC accountant who mixed up two envelopes at the Oscars Sunday, resulting in the wrong film being announced as Best Picture, will not be allowed to work the Academy Awards again, the AP reports. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says Brian Cullinan's distraction backstage (he was tweeting throughout the show) caused the mix-up, and neither he nor his partner Martha Ruiz, who had her own set of envelopes, will be allowed to work on anything related to the academy in the future.

As for the academy's relationship with PwC as a whole, she said it is still under review. Sources tell TMZ Cullinan and Ruiz will keep their jobs at PwC and that this will be their only punishment. Those sources also disagree with previous reports that Cullinan had been instructed to stay off social media, and claim the academy encouraged his tweeting. (More PricewaterhouseCoopers stories.)

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