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Oscars Accounting Firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Apologizes for Best Picture Snafu

Read their mea culpa

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Liam Mathews

At Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, somebody made a huge mistake. Presenter Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope, and his co-presenter Faye Dunaway blurted out the wrong Best Picture winner -- La La Land. After a short-lived celebration, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz announced that there had been a mistake, and Moonlight had actually won Best Picture.

After such a colossal blunder, people naturally start wondering about who was to blame. In this case, the where the fault lies is clear. It's not with Warren Beatty, and not with Steve Harvey -- whom host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly blamed for causing yet another envelope mishap.

No, the buck stops with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The accounting firm is responsible for tallying the winners and protecting that information until it's revealed on the Oscars stage. It was someone working on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers who gave Beatty the envelope containing the Best Actress winner, not Best Picture.

Jordan Horowitz and Warren Beatty

Jordan Horowitz and Warren Beatty

Kevin Winter, Getty Images

PriceWaterhouseCoopers released a statement apologizing for their part in the fiasco.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' 83-year relationship with the Academy is reportedly on the ropes after the mix-up.

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