PWC envelope steward jinxed himself


One of two accounting honchos in charge of handing out the winners’ envelopes at the Oscars Sunday night jinxed himself in an interview earlier this month.

“It doesn’t sound very complicated, but you have to make sure you give the presenter the right envelope,” Brian Cullinan, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told the Web site Medium in a story published Feb. 10.

“We check things dozens of times, recounts and double-checks,” Cullinan said. “We’ll have staff go back two and three times to make sure, and then [PWC partner] Martha [Ruiz] and I will review and recount to ensure there are no differences between what we have and they had. So far, there’s never been a problem.”

Cullinan was standing stage right during the ceremony holding a briefcase that contained the 24 envelopes of the winners. His PWC partner, Martha Ruiz, was stage-left holding another briefcase with an identical set of envelopes. The pair would take turns then handing them out to presenters as they alternately took the stage from either side.

For the final award — Best Picture — presenter Warren Beatty entered from stage right, Cullinan’s side.

Only Beatty was given the wrong envelope, a monumental flub that led to the incorrect winner being named.

Before the glaring glitch, Cullinan had posted scores of photos taken backstage at the Oscars.

After his bosses at PWC issued a mea culpa for the company’s mistake, all of his Oscar night tweets were scrubbed.



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