Accountants explain Oscars envelope gaffe

Everybody’s making nice over Envelopegate.

After Sunday’s flub — the biggest in the Academy Awards’ 89-year history that led to the incorrect best picture being announced as winner — accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers issued a statement: “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Oscar viewers for the error. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. … We deeply regret that this occurred.”

It went on to laud host Jimmy Kimmel and others for gracefully handling the gaffe.

But the hero of the night clearly was “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz, who, after giving an acceptance speech, realized the mistake and said, “‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture … This is not a joke.”

On Monday, the New York Times interviewed crisis communications consultant Andrew D. Gilman, who said, “Not since Janet Jackson and her wardrobe malfunction on the Super Bowl have we seen something quite as glaring as this snafu,” adding that the accounting firm’s name has “unfortunately been a little sullied.”

This is how it happened: Two identical sets of sealed envelopes were stationed on either side of the stage, held by PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Martha L. Ruiz and Brian Cullinan.

The envelope for best actress, the penultimate award of the night, came from one side of the stage, and Emma Stone accepted the honor.

When Dunaway and Beatty were presenting best picture, they were handed an envelope from the other side of the stage, where the other best actress envelope was still unopened.

Cullinan, who handed Beatty the envelope, picked the wrong one. Oops.

By the way, winning “Moonlight” producers listed on the misplaced card were: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, who had a moment in the spotlight during the craziness, actually lost the best director award to “La La Land’s” Damien Chazelle.


Serena Williams, in a fun mood Sunday night while on stroll with her fiance (Reddit co-founder) Alexis Ohanian, and her adorable Yorkshire terrier Chip, gave some guys playing tennis in Mission Dolores Park a wild surprise.

In a video posted on the New York Post’s website, she says, “I’m thinking about asking these guys if I can hit with them, just to see their reaction.”

“Is this for real?” one fellow said as she approached.

“Yes, please!” the other said at the notion of playing with 23-time grand slam champ.

The workout was short, given Williams didn’t have the proper footwear. (She laces up some boots in the video.)

The upshot: “The moral of the story is, you never know when I’m coming to a tennis court near you,” Williams said.


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