Accountants in Best Picture Blunder Banned From Oscars - and Have Been Getting Death Threats
Brian Cullinan was not supposed to be using social media during the ceremony.
The two accountants at the center of the Oscar envelope snafu have been banned from future Academy Award ceremonies, and that's just the beginning of their troubles.
And if that wasn't enough, the jobs of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz at accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers are also at risk.
There is also growing opposition to a possible dismissal, especially for Ruiz, who many believe did nothing wrong.
On the Today show Thursday, Al Roker said: “She's out? I mean come on! She didn't have anything to do with it!"
On Good Morning America Thursday, Michael Strahan said: “He's the guy who made the mistake, why did they ban her?”
They’ve also reportedly been getting death threats. Cullinan's wife was seen shopping this week with a burly bodyguard close by.
Shocking photos are emerging about what happened backstage at the Oscars Sunday, moments before the screw-up seen around the world.
As Warren Beatty hugged Casey Affleck following his win for Best Actor, Brian Cullinan is seen close by with two envelopes in his hand. One is for Best Picture; the other is for Best Actress.
Both accountants were apparently in shock and wasted precious seconds after the wrong Best Picture winner was announced.
"We had to push them on stage which was just shocking to me," a stage manager told The Wrap.
In an Inside Edition Twitter poll 58 percent have said the accountants should lose their jobs, while 42 percent say it was an innocent mistake and shouldn't cost them their employment.
The other now-famous moment at the Oscars, when unsuspecting tourists found themselves at the center of the awards show — thanks to host Jimmy Kimmel — was inspired by one of his comedic heroes.
The stunt was inspired by another epic gag from the 2004 Emmys when Garry Shandling brought two everyday people on stage at the Emmys blindfolded.
Jimmy Kimmel says he loved the stunt so much that he based his Oscar skit on it.
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