PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm responsible for tallying the Oscar ballots and delivering the envelopes containing the winners, has apologized for providing the wrong envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at last night’s 89th Annual Academy Awards show in the second most embarrassing occurrence of 2017. You can watch the moment, in which the cast of La La Land gets halfway through their acceptance speeches before being told it was actually Moonlight that won the Best Picture award, here.
“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,” read the apology from the company which is apparently good neither with handing out correct Best Picture envelopes nor with grammar. The apology went on to say, “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected.”
For more on the glaring grammatical errors in the hastily issued statement from the world’s second largest professional services firm, Bleeding Cool has asked Captain America, Grammar Nazi, for comment:
“We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred,” the statement continued, using a comma before a conjunction in a sentence with a compound predicate, which is not required, despite neglecting to use one in a compound sentence earlier in the apology. “We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been in charge of the Academy Awards winners for 83 years, was reportedly having “crisis meetings” this morning to deal with fallout from the event. At press time, no prominent grammar consultants, costumed or otherwise, had been spotted at any of the meetings.
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