>> The two accountants blamed for one of the biggest and most embarrassing moments in Oscar history have been officially declared unfit for duty. Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, partners at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, are now barred from helping out with Oscar votes. And from handing out envelopes containing the winning names.
A mixup of those all important cards caused a massive blunder on Sunday night as La La Land was incorrectly named best picture. The cast and producers were halfway through their acceptance speeches before the mistake emerged and Moonlight crowned instead. For 83 years, PWC has overseen balloting for the Academy Awards, Hollywood's highest honors.
The firm took full responsibility for the blunder, widely blamed on backstage distractions. Cullinan was found to have posted a photo of actress Emma Stone on Twitter just minutes before the mistake. That tweet now deleted.