Morning Buzz! The Academy Has Broken Their Silence Over the Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up + More
#EnvelopeGate continues and Kellyanne Conway gets comfy in this morning’s top news stories. Check those and more out below.
1. PwC has issued a few statements, naturally Twitter had its say and now we’re finally hearing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who have issued a statement on the Best Picture #EnvelopeGate. “We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony,” it starts. “We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.” They conclude the statement by saying that they are “committed to upholding the integrity” of the ceremony, and following investigations will “determine what actions are appropriate going forward.” (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
2. The accounting firm responsible for the Oscars votes and envelopes, PricewaterhouseCooper, took immediate responsibility following the Best Picture mixup, but now even more layers to the story are being revealed. PwC said in a new statement that the partner responsible for the envelope, Brian Cullinan, not only mistakenly handed the backup Best Actress envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, but that he didn’t act quickly enough once the drama went down. The Wall Street Journal also reports that just minutes before the mixup, Cullinan had tweeted from backstage after Emma Stone’s win, clearly wanting to share in his Oscars excitement. The picture has since been deleted, but the Best Picture flub will live on forever.
3. People are flipping out over this pic of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on the Oval Office couch looking at her phone. On Monday, the White House hosted leaders of historically black colleges and universities, and while they were in the Oval Office with President Trump, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway was photographed snapping a pic, then looking at her phone — all while kneeling on the Oval Office couch. The suuuuper casual nature of Conway’s comfy couch sit had people flipping out and, naturally, sharing memes, but also claiming the move was disrespectful to the visiting professionals. The White House has not commented on the photo or the reaction to it. (Photo via Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty)
4. Tess Holliday’s emotional selfie has a super inspiring message. We get lots of glimpses into model Tess Holliday’s life with her two young sons and her busy career on Instagram, but she also took a sec to get super real recently, sharing a selfie showing tears streaming down her cheeks. “This is the reality of being a mom,” she wrote, elaborating about beauty standards and expectations on women not only in her industry, but with new moms in general. “I hope one day that changes and society views mothers as the flawed human beings we are that are just trying to keep our shit together like everyone else. #effyourbeautystandards#workingmoms#disruptperfectmomsyndrome .” Preach, Tess!
5. Chrissy Teigen savagely (and amazingly) trolls hubby John Legend for *not* winning an Oscar. Sunday night’s Oscars flub is just too cray to forget — proven by Chrissy Teigen’s hilarious vid where she’s pretending to interview John Legend, saying “Hi guys. Here joined by Oscar winner John Legend – not this year.” She continued to reference Legend’s momentary, mistaken win with La La Land, before the rightful winner Moonlight was announced. later yelling to a Hollywood tour van, “Hey guys! It’s John Legend! He won an Oscar – not this year though.” Both times, John sadly echoed, “Not this year.” THESE TWO.
6. Quote of the day: “I’m standing there like an idiot, feeling bad for these guys — but also trying really hard not to laugh, to be honest.” Jimmy Kimmel reveals he felt how we probably all would have while the Oscars mixup was happening.
What would you have done in that situation? Let us know over @BritandCo!
(Featured photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)