The Academy might be changing some things in the future.
According to PEOPLE, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she responded to the Best Picture disaster out of sheer “horror.”
“I just thought, What? What? I looked out and I saw a member of [accounting firm] Pricewaterhouse coming on the stage, and I was, like, Oh, no, what—what’s happening? What what WHAT? What could possibly . . . ? And then I just thought, Oh, my God, how does this happen? How. Does. This. Happen. And it was such a wonderful show,” she told The New Yorker.
PwC has taken “full responsibility” for the incident after “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture over true winner “Moonlight.” Following the mistake, the Academy released a statement apologizing to the affected parties and said it will be reviewing and investigating the events leading up to it and their relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony,” the Academy said in a statement. “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 PwC 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, PwC admitted that partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope of Best Actress in a Leading Role to Beatty and Dunaway before they went onstage.