Firm Responsible for Oscar Balloting Issues an Apology to Warren Beatty, the Academy and More


With the Internet abuzz over how
Warren Beatty could have grabbed the wrong envelope for Best Picture winner during the Oscars, the London-based auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers have issued a statement of apology to all involved.

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.


The Telegraph has a great timeline of events on how the whole thing happened.

PwC starts counting the votes Tuesday before the show. Two sets of cards/envelopes are brought to the show. Two different briefcases exist with two sets of cards. Somewhere in the middle of all of that, one of the auditors missed their card and handed Beatty the wrong one.