It's been a full-day since the Oscars 2017 flub heard around the world and while everyone is still figuring out exactly what went down during the presentation of Best Picture at the Academy Awards and who deserves more blame, lots of people have been busy apologizing for the hubbub. Jimmy Kimmel said sorry on live television, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway blamed the plebes who handed them the envelope, PricewaterhouseCoopers issued not one but two mea culpas, and along the way a culprit has emerged in the accountant who was apparently too busy taking a picture of Emma Stone backstage to properly do his job.
Now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has itselfreleased a statement apologizing to all involved—especially the casts and crews of both films involved, La La Land and Moonlight.
In its statement addressing the Great Envelope Mix-Up of 2017, the Academy says: "We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize."
The statement continued, "For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted [PricewaterhouseCoopers] to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PWC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
On Monday night, PricewaterhouseCoopers had released its own statement apologizing to all involved for the "breaches in protocol" that led to the epic mix-up. PWC accountant Brian Cullinan is allegedly the one responsible for having handed the wrong envelope to Beatty and Dunaway and was tweeting backstage minutes before the now infamous incorrect hand-off occurred.
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