Accountants Behind 'Best Picture' Flub Insisted Before the Show: 'We're Prepared'
"We're not nervous," they told Inside Edition on the red carpet.
Following the embarrassing mix-up over the Best Picture winner at Sunday night's Oscars, the accounting firm responsible for the envelopes is taking the blame.
But in the hours before the biggest event on Hollywood's calendar, two of PricewaterhouseCoopers' executives claimed they were fully prepped for the event.
"Are you nervous?" Inside Edition's Jim Moret asked them. "Is this a big deal for you?"
"It’s certainly a big deal, but we’re not nervous," one responded. "We’ve done this a few times and we prepare a lot."
Hours later, screen legends Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced the final and most anticipated award of the night, Best Picture, would go to La La Land.
But as the musical's producers were finishing up their thank yous, La La Land 's Jordan Horowitz returned to the microphone and told a shocked crowd: "Moonlight won Best Picture... This is not a joke."
Beatty and Dunaway had walked on stage not with the Best Picture envelope, but with one that indicated Emma Stone's earlier win as Best Actress for the film, according to The Associated Press.
Assuming it was a mistake to have the actress' name on the card, Beatty and Dunaway appeared to speak among themselves before reading the name of the film only.
"It's one of the strangest things that's ever happened to me," Beatty reportedly later said.
PricewaterhouseCoopers later released a statement apologizing.
"We sincerely apologize to 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land,' Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture," it said. "The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. [We] deeply regret that this occurred."
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