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Oscars Bosses Vote to Keep PricewaterhouseCoopers
Apr 4, 2017 by: WENN
Academy Awards accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers have been given a pass to tabulate next year's Oscars following an investigation into last month's ceremony slip-up.
One of the company's representatives handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope as he stepped on stage at the Dolby Theatre to announce the Best Picture winner, and, and a result he and co-presenter Faye Dunaway handed the award to the wrong film.
It has since emerged the rep was distracted by his cellphone as Beatty prepared to take the stage.
But, after a month-long investigation, Oscars bosses have decided not to end their long-running relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In a message sent to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, 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."
But as part of a revised deal, PwC partner Rick Rosas, who led the Oscar balloting team for 12 years, will return to front the Oscars team and no electronic devices will be allowed backstage.
Academy bosses previously announced Brian Cullinan and PwC accountant Martha Ruiz, who were responsible for this year's Oscar night drama, would not be invited back to the ceremony.
PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants have tabulated the Oscars votes for 83 years.
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