Meet Brian Cullinan, the man identified as being responsible for mishandling Warren Beatty‘s Best Picture envelope at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. Beatty, a former Oscar winner, announced the wrong winner of the coveted trophy after Cullinan gave him the incorrect envelope.
Cullinan, 57, is the father of three who has been identified as the person responsible for handing Beatty the wrong envelope. He has been employed as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 32 years. It is his fourth Oscar ceremony.
The unlucky accountant was stationed at the stage right entrance used by Beatty and his Bonnie & Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway when they walked out to present the award for Best Picture at the ceremony. Instead of handing them that envelope however, Cullinan gave Beatty a duplicate envelope he was holding for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the award that had just been presented to Emma Stone of La La Land. Continue reading
You may have received several notifications on your phone last night informing you that “La La Land” had taken the trophy for Oscars‘ coveted Best Picture award. And, if you stopped checking your phone for the night you may have awoke this morning thinking the aforementioned was still the status quo. Hollywood, I think we have a problem.
As most of us know now, Academy Awards Best Picture presenters, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, incorrectly announced the winner for 2017 Best Picture as La La Land, when it was in fact “Moonlight.” But now folks on social media are asking how such a confusing and curious mix-up even happened in the first place? And more to the point, was #envelopegate just engineered for ratings or was it a lame attempt to steal Moonlight’s thunder? Sit back, relax and put on your tinfoil hat because scandal and conspiracy theories are abound.
According to Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly Emma Stone said she had her Best Actress card on her person the entire time. “I also was holding my Best Actress in a leading role card that entire time, so whatever story… I don’t meant [sic] to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card,” she reportedly said backstage after the Oscars. An explanation from The Academy could also explain some things. Continue reading