Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants who muddled up the main award envelopes at this year’s Oscars ceremony, have been given bodyguards following reports they have received death threats on social media.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said security has been beefed up at the residences of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz following the mistake.
According to TMZ, the pair were in fear of their lives.
The error briefly saw La La Land named as best picture instead of Moonlight.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the two accountants responsible for muddling up the main award envelopes at this year’s Oscars ceremony, will not be employed to do the job again, the academy president has announced.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that the relationship with the accountancy company PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was also under review.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for the Oscars’s mishap.
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La La Land musical was mistakenly announced as the winner of the best picture award.
A big mistake has happened at the 89th Academy Awards – La La Land was announced as the best picture winner, then organizers revealed that Moonlight won the award.
It appears Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner’s envelope, containing a card saying “Emma Stone, La La Land”, resulting in the error.
The La La Land team was in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.
Emma Stone said backstage afterwards: “Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”
The musical won six Oscars including best director and best actress. Moonlight also won adapted screenplay and best supporting actor.
La La Land director Damien Chazelle became the youngest filmmaker to win a best director Oscar at the age of 32.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land had taken the best picture prize – but then the musical’s producer Jordan Horowitz announced there had been a mistake.
Jordan Horowitz said: “This is not a joke. Moonlight is best picture,” and showed the camera the card that revealed the winner.
Two La La Land producers had already given their acceptance speeches before the mistake was revealed.
This year’s Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel joked that he knew he would mess up compering the ceremony, and added: “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” referring to Harvey’s mistake in announcing the Miss Universe winner in 2015.
Warren Beatty had opened the envelope but hesitated to read out what it said in side, leaving it to Faye Dunaway to announce La La Land.
He returned to the microphone to say: “I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said <<Emma Stone, La La Land>>, and that is why I took such a long look at Faye and at you.
“I wasn’t trying to be funny. This is Moonlight for best picture.”
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins said: “Very clearly even in my dreams this can’t be true. But to hell with it because this is true. It’s true, its not fake.”
Paying tribute to the team behind La La Land for the way they handled the mistake, he said: “We have been on the road with these guys and it was so gracious and so generous of them.”
Emma Stone, who won the coveted best actress prize, said backstage.
“I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land and I would love to win best picture. But we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it is one of the best films of all time.
“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool! It’s going to be history.”
She also said that she still had the envelope for best actress in her hand, although there are always two envelopes (one for back-up), which might explain why the mistake occurred.
La La Land also picked up best cinematography, best score and best original song for City of Stars.
The movie also won best production design.
Casey Affleck won best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while the drama also won best original screenplay.
Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor, for Moonlight.
He thanked his wife in his acceptance speech, telling the audience she gave birth to their daughter four days ago. It also picked up best original screenplay.
Best supporting actress went to Viola Davis for Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.
The movie is an adaptation of August Wilson’s play of the same name.
Jimmy Kimmel put on a strong performance, with much of his patter unsurprisingly relating to the current political climate.
In a reference to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Meryl Streep following her criticism of him at the Golden Globes, Jimmy Kimmel joked that the actress was “uninspiring… mediocre… underwhelming and lackluster”.
Jimmy Kimmel asked the audience to give a round of applause for “the highly overrated Meryl Streep. Great dress, is that Ivanka?”
He also joked that Hollywood doesn’t discriminate – apart from “on age and weight”.
The first political speech of the night came from Alessandro Bertolazzi, one of the make-up and hairstyling winners for Suicide Squad, who said: “I’m an immigrant, I’m from Italy, this is for all the immigrants.”
Colleen Atwood won an impressive fourth Oscar for costume design for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having won previously in 2011 for Alice in Wonderland, in 2006 for Memoirs of a Geisha and in 2003 for Chicago.
Kevin O’Connell finally picked up an Oscar after 21 nominations for Hacksaw Ridge. He was first nominated back in 1984 for Terms of Endearment.
The movie also picked up best editing.
Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman was named best foreign film.
Asghar Farhadi chose to stay away from the ceremony following President Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.
Zootopia won best animation, beating films such as Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana.
Other winners included The White Helmets, which picked up best documentary short.
The US denied entry to 21-year-old Syrian Khaled Khatib behind the movie because of problems with his documents.
The a 40-minute Netflix documentary follows volunteers who risk their lives to rescue civilians in Syria.
Actors Jodie Foster and Michael J. Fox have led an anti-Trump protest two days before the Oscars in Beverly Hills.
The United Voices rally was staged by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency instead of its usual pre-Oscars party.
Jodie Foster said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now “time to show up”.
Michael J. Fox told the crowd “we are the lucky ones” and that he wanted to “share a bit of that luck” with refugees who want to enter the United States.
The Canadian-born star, who became a US citizen two decades ago, showed only relatively small signs of the Parkinson’s Disease he has lived with since 1991.
Michael J. Fox added that he believed “in the power of the arts to change not just our hearts but the world”.
Jodie Foster, who has won Oscars for The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused, said the rally was “exactly the way to celebrate our industry, to celebrate all of you, to celebrate artistic expression and our commitment to humanities on screen and off”.
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The actress did not air her views in public often, she told the crowd during her impassioned speech.
“I’m not somebody who’s very comfortable using my public face for activism.
“And so in my life I’ve found the small ways, much like most of you, to serve and to show up and to give somebody a lift at the bottom of the hill when they’re going to the top.
“But this year is a very different year and it’s time to show up. It’s a singular time in history. It’s time to engage.”
The rally comes ahead of an Academy Awards ceremony that is likely to be highly politically charged.
President Donald Trump has previously been dismissive of celebrity protests and of stars who have criticized him, such as Meryl Streep.
The rally was also shown a video message from Oscar-nominated Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, who has said he is staying away from February 26 ceremony following President Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other mainly Muslim countries.
Also on February 24, all the nominees for best foreign language film – including Asghar Farhadi – issued a joint statement denouncing the current “climate of fanaticism and nationalism”.
Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host the 2017 Oscars, it has been announced.
It will be the first time Jimmy Kimmel has fronted the ceremony, which takes place on February 26, 2017.
Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West’s profanity-studded Twitter rant during Thursday’s monologue
Jimmy Kimmel has previously hosted the American Music Awards and has twice fronted the Emmys – in 2012 and 2016.
Previous presenters of the Oscars include Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Seth MacFarlane, Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris.
Since 2003, Jimmy Kimmel has hosted his own nightly hour long talk show – Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Regular features on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show include celebrity guests reading out insulting tweets about themselves and parents filming their children’s reaction to being told all of their Halloween chocolate has been eaten.
Jimmy Kimmel has also made cameo appearances in movies such as Pitch Perfect 2 and Ted 2, as well as TV shows including Sesame Street and Entourage.