More and more news is coming out about the partners at the Oscars. This Oscars mistake keeps growing by the day.

To highlight this I wanted to write about something I was listening to recently. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts which is the Bill Simmons podcast. He recently had Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the Oscars, on and this was one of Jimmy Kimmel’s first interviews since the Oscars.

Now these people aren’t accountants at all. Bill Simmons is just a sports journalist. Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian yet all they could talk about was how they this Oscar screw-up was. Bill Simmons went so far to say that it would be one of the first paragraphs in Jimmy Kimmel’s obituary. Jimmy Kimmel laughed that statement off, and said I really hope not.

Bill Simmons replied, “I don’t think you know how big a deal this thing is. This is still going to be a big deal in a few months.” When he said that, all I could do is shake my head. When I first saw this news about PwC screwing up the Oscars, I thought it was a huge deal for PwC. I didn’t think it would be as big as it is for them now. Their name and their brand, PwC, is always going to equal Biggest Oscar Mistake in history for the average American.

Brian Cullinan – The Celebrity

It has now been confirmed that Brian Cullinan wanted to be a celebrity himself. Variety came out with a piece stating that Cullinan wanted to perform a sketch at the Oscars. He pitched an idea to the producers of the Oscars to perform a sketch on stage with Jimmy Kimmel and Martha Ruiz.

I have been saying all along. These two partners wanted to be celebrities. More specifically Brian Cullinan. He had been taking pictures with celebrities at a prior-year Oscar, and at the current year’s Oscars he was tweeting pictures of celebrities including Emma Stone. This just shows how much he wanted to be involved in the process. I think that should give some hesitation to PwC as to whether they should keep them. It was pretty evident how this error could occur. Yet PwC took no steps to monitor his social media and make sure he was ready for this stage.

And now they may pay a severe price for his actions.

PwC Oscar Partners Threatened


There was also news that both partners, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, now have security that is provided by PwC. Both partners have recieved death threats and threats on social media.

Both partners had their addresses published online along with photos of their houses. There were even photos of Brian’s wife shopping with a bodyguard.

It is a terrible situation for them to now be living in. I don’t understand why they are receiving death threats. Nobody was ultimately harmed and the situation was ultimately corrected. I hope people calm down with all the insanity around the process. The partners made a mistake and will have to try to live it down for the rest of their lives. They don’t need much more punishment than that.


That’s why I think ultimately that Brian is going to have to retire or resign. Most likely I believe he will resign. I think PwC is standing behind him right now because of his leadership position and his years of service. As this bad news for the firm keeps snowballing, I don’t think they can keep standing by him.

Additionally, I don’t think he’ll be able to stay at PwC himself. I don’t think he’ll be able to put up with the embarrassment and the looks that he is going to get from his peers and his clients. That would be a big task for somebody that was mentally tough and prepared for it. The question is is he mentally tough enough and easy ready to handle all that. I don’t think he is and I don’t think Pricewaterhousecoopers is prepared to stand behind a man that is going to get a lot of heat. I really wouldn’t wish this situation upon anybody, and I hope that he ends up okay on the other side of this.