PricewaterhouseCoopers will continue their relationship with the Acadmey despite the envelope mix-up. Alicia Powell reports.
The accountancy firm behind the biggest blunder in Oscar history is staying in the picture. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it has decided to retain the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers despite a backstage envelope mix-up that led to the wrong film being announced winner of the best picture Oscar. In a letter to Academy members, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs wrote: "After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, the Board has decided to continue working with PwC." The error led to musical "La La Land" being declared the winner and its producers and cast celebrated and started acceptance speeches on the stage before "Moonlight" was named the real winner of the night's top prize. The firm, which has overseen Oscar balloting for 83 years, removed the two accountants responsible from further involvement in the Oscars and carried out an investigation into tightening up its procedures.