Oscar flub happened because guy with envelope got distracted drooling over Emma Stone

As soon as the Oscar flub heard round the world happened, people began trying to explain it, with theories ranging from “obnoxious prank by Jimmy Kimmel” to Donald Trump’s supposition that the Academy was distracted by politics. It turns out someone was indeed distracted, but it was by the winsome charms of best actress-winner Emma Stone.

According to The Wall Street Journal, some poor schmuck named Brian Cullinan was one of two managing partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP whose job it was to pass along the envelopes with the names of the winners. (Guess running an accounting firm has perks other than giant piles of money.) About three minutes before Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway walked onstage to hand out the award, Cullinan breathlessly tweeted a photo of Stone clutching her newly obtained Oscar. He’s since deleted it, but the internet remembers.


So allegedly distracted was Cullinan that he handed Beatty a duplicate of the envelope for Best Actress, not the one for Best Picture, like he was supposed to. Realizing far too late that something was amiss, Beatty stood there looking confused for a few moments before handing the envelope off to Dunaway. She mistakenly named “La La Land” best picture, and the rest is history.

PwC has yet to comment on this development, but released a statement Sunday night saying:

“We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Maybe next year they’ll think twice before tasking starstruck accountants with crucial production tasks.

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