Summary of “”They Got the Wrong Envelope!”: The Oral History of Oscar’s Epic Best Picture Fiasco”

Esposito then shares this information over his headset, prompting head stage manager Gary Natoli, crouched beside Kimmel, to instruct another stage manager to have PwC’s Ruiz open the second best picture envelope and confirm which film won.
JUSTIN HURWITZ, Composer/songwriter, La La Land A stage manager came up onstage and grabbed the envelope out of my hand – I was holding the envelope for the score award.
HOROWITZ I remember looking over at Warren and he’s holding another envelope, and he says, “This is the [actual] envelope!” And then the stage manager goes over to him, and I follow behind, and he opens it and sees it’s the best picture card.
TODD Glenn came with an iPad and showed us a photo of the wrong envelope in Warren’s hand.
In the interview room, Stone pushes back against Beatty’s claim that he had been handed the best actress envelope, not realizing there were two.
TABACK Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who had Oscars, and Justin Hurwitz, who had two, said something like, “Is it OK if we’re happy?” Emma Stone was there, and she said, “I have my envelope!” Everyone was very concerned with having their envelopes.
HUDSON Brian kept saying, “I couldn’t have given him the wrong envelope.”
The PwC statement, posted to the Academy’s website at 12:30 a.m. on Monday morning, reads: “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation. – PwC”. HUDSON I went home and we all kept talking all night.

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