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. That is why in her confusion, Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner when Beatty showed her the card. h/t dailymail
It is unclear what caused the mistake, but it is known that Cullinan had spent the night snapping photos of celebrities and posting them on social media.
Cullinan lives with his wife Andrea, 52, in a 4,100 square feet Malibu home with Pacific views worth an estimated $2.9 million. The couple have three children, sons Brett and Drew and a 20-year-old daughter Bree.