They had one job.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the vaunted accounting firm that has lorded over Oscars secrets for decades, usually relies on the Academy Awards for some easy, free publicity as tax season approaches.
The company’s public relations department likes to play up an aura of Hollywood lore around its 83-year run as caretaker of the winners list, treating the act of looking after a handful of envelopes as a sort of mysterious ceremonial tradition that can only be entrusted to the world’s most elite accountants.
That image came crashing down within the span of a few minutes on Sunday night. And all it took was a single, misplaced envelope. Read more…