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Is Brian Cullinan the man who caused most epic blunder in Oscars history by handing wrong envelope to Warren Beatty?

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MEET Brian Cullinan – the man behind the epic Oscars blunder that caused La La Land to be read out instead of Moonlight at this year’s Academy Awards.

Brian works as Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)’s US Board Chairman, and was one of two people left in charge of the fateful envelopes for the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, on Sunday.

Brian was seen entering the stage with Martha carrying the two envelopes to correct the mistake

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Brian was seen entering the stage with Martha carrying the two envelopes to correct the mistake

Alongside Martha Ruiz, who is pictured on stage with him wearing a deep red dress, the global board member for the company is seen panicking as La La Land is announced instead of Moonlight.

As the cast take the stage and the acceptance speech commences, Brian is seen sheepishly crossing the stage with two envelopes in his hand – both being the Best Picture announcement.

Brian Cullinan and Martha De Ruiz are the only two people that know the Oscars results ahead of time – and they’re held in matching briefcases

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Brian Cullinan and Martha De Ruiz are the only two people that know the Oscars results ahead of time – and they’re held in matching briefcases

Speaking about how the announcements are kept under the highest security, Brian explained that the company “doubles up everything” – with two people carrying two complete sets of winners envelopes with both people taking two separate routes, with police escorts, to ensure at least one arrival on time.

Brian was seen getting a stern talking to by Warren Beatty as he was told of the error

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Brian was seen getting a stern talking to by Warren Beatty as he was told of the error

However, the two winning envelopes proved to be their downfall – and instead of handing Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway one of the Best Picture envelopes, he instead gave them the second Lead Actress envelope – the first of which now belonged to Emma Stone.

Jordan recognises the problem and tells the crowd

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Jordan recognises the problem and tells the crowd

Talking to MarketWatch just last week, he revealed: “In 83 years that we’ve been doing this, I’m the 13th partner and Martha is the 14th. So we haven’t had that many people have this role in 83 years. And this is the 89th Academy Awards, so you can see PwC has been doing this almost since the beginning.”

Brian appears to have the mixed-up envelope in his hand

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Brian appears to have the mixed-up envelope in his hand

This was Brian’s fourth year in the role – and most likely his last.

It appears that after 83 years, their winning streak came to an end, and in other pictures Martha is seen frantically trying to regain control of the stage.

Brian and Martha prepare to break the news

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Brian and Martha prepare to break the news

In the meantime, Brian is seen handing the REAL envelope to Warren Beatty – and he looks mortified as he explains what’s happening to the team.

It is shortly after this moment that Jordan Horowitz – the show’s producer – overhears what’s going on and decided to correct the situation, snatching the envelope from the hosts and declaring the real winner in front of a stunned studio audience.

Martha (far left) looks mortified as the winner is corrected

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Martha (far left) looks mortified as the winner is corrected

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