Film Academy president reassures members after envelope disaster

The president of the film academy has sent an email to its members telling them they have much to be proud of after this year’s Oscars ceremony, and reassuring them changes will be made to avoid a repeat of problems like the botched best-picture announcement.

An Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesman confirmed the contents of the email for The Associated Press.

In it, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs calls Sunday’s show “one of the best – and certainly most dramatic and talked-about – Oscar ceremonies of all time”, giving a subtle nod to the mistaken naming of La La Land as best picture before the correct winner Moonlight was eventually revealed.

Isaacs goes on to give a set of bullet-pointed items she says the academy – a group of about 6,000 people from the film industry who vote for the Oscars – should be proud of.

They include the “impeccable and effortless hosting job by Jimmy Kimmel”, the “electric opening number” from Justin Timberlake” and the tribute to Katherine Johnson, one of the real-life women who inspired Hidden Figures.

She then addresses the best-picture flub and PwC, the accounting firm that has taken responsibility for it.

“By now, thanks to the non-stop coverage the past few days, we all know that the wrong envelope and the problems that ensued were caused by the failure of PwC’s accountants to follow established protocols and their delay in immediately remedying the situation,” Isaacs said. “Rest assured changes will be implemented to ensure this never happens again.”

She was more forceful in her discussion of the big mistake, however, saying the two accountants responsible will never work for the Oscars again.

In her email, Isaacs said the academy is most proud of the way everyone involved in the best-picture mess handled themselves, from presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty to the film-makers of the two movies.

“The grace and humility they demonstrated on stage, with the world watching, show the strength of the bond that connects all the artists in our community,” she said.

More in this Section

First trailer for Fox News film Bombshell is releasedFirst trailer for Fox News film Bombshell is released

Actor Luke Evans working on debut albumActor Luke Evans working on debut album

Richard Hammond to star in Amazon Prime seriesRichard Hammond to star in Amazon Prime series

Jason Gardiner will not return as Dancing On Ice judgeJason Gardiner will not return as Dancing On Ice judge


Lifestyle

A sommelier shares her top tips.The dos and don’ts of serving wine – you just might have been doing it all wrong

We know New York real estate is expensive, but this is getting out of hand…You can now stay in an enormous sandcastle on a New York beach

JB Dubois is Head Chef at GIY’s GROW HQ in Waterford City and his wife, Shona Dubois, is the Head of Operations with the organisation.‘We’re showing them how to do their best for the world’

Often I have been out with friends and their kids and they joke that Joan is going to be a politician. I’ve always been impressed by Joan’s ability to pick up pals wherever she goes. She started this when she was very young, and every time we went to a park or a playground she would make a new BFF.Mum's the Word: 'I love how my child can make new friends in a matter of minutes'

More From The Irish Examiner