It has been a rough week for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Best Picture bungling is all anyone can talk about from the Sunday night’s ceremonies, and Warren Beatty himself is demanding that clearer answers about what happened, while many are wondering what the repercussions might be.
The Academy has finally broken their silence, with Cheryl Boone Isaacs telling the Associated Press that Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the accountants responsible for handling the envelopes, have been barred from future Oscars. Even more consequences may follows as the Academy is also reviewing their longstanding relationship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as their partners for the show. With a string of photos published in Variety today showing the loose manner in which the envelopes were being handled, it’s hardly a surprise.
Meanwhile, the Academy is also dealing with another mistake from Oscar night. During the In Memoriam segment, Australian film producer Jan Chapman‘s photo was used in error for costume designer Janet Patterson‘s section of the slideshow. The Academy has issued an apology, and posted an updated video for the entire segment.
We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family. Please see our updated "In Memoriam" video tribute (http://osca.rs/TributeVideo17) and online gallery (http://osca.rs/InMemoriam2017) on Oscar.com.