A PricewaterhouseCoopers spokesperson confirmed to The Huffington Post that Brian Cullinan, a managing partner at PwC, was responsible for handing Warren Beatty the wrong envelope, which led to the Best Picture winner debacle.
Three minutes before the envelope was handed off, Cullinan tweeted out a photo of Emma Stone with her new Oscar.
Cullinan shared the since-deleted tweet at 9:05 p.m. PT ― Beatty and co-presenter Faye Dunaway would take the stage to present Best Picture at 9:08pm PST.
The archived tweet can be seen below:
Cullinan accidentally gave Beatty a duplicate copy of the envelope containing Stone’s name as Best Actress. That duplicate was supposed to be thrown away. Not realizing it was the wrong envelope, Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the winner, when “Moonlight” was actually the Academy’s choice.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has already issued a statement regarding the mishap, but there has been no word from Cullinan on what happened or why he deleted his tweets.
The PwC spokesperson would “not comment on Brian’s tweet,” but we will keep an eye out for any other updates.
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