The plot thickens for the bonehead bean-counters behind the Oscars Best Picture debacle, as death threats have forced them to get bodyguards, according to a report.
Brian Cullinan, the PricewaterhouseCoopers partner who handed presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope for Best Picture, and his PwC cohort Martha Ruiz have been inundated by threats and online abuse, TMZ reported.
Among the social media threats: “You f—–g idiot, i will f–k you every day” and “I hope you get fired and get cancer,” the site reported.
Sources at the firm told TMZ that photos that emerged online of the beleaguered pair’s homes made it clear that some hired muscle was needed.
The latest development is the latest Oscars fallout for Cullinan and Ruiz, who have been stripped of any future duties at the Academy Awards.
“Film academy president says the two accountants responsible for the best picture mistake will not work the Oscars again,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Pictures have emerged from backstage at the Oscars showing the bizarre sequence leading up to the biggest flub in Academy Awards history — when “La La Land” was accidentally named Best Picture, instead of true winner “Moonlight.”
Cullinan was seen clutching two envelopes — presumably one for Best Picture and the other that he gave presenter Warren Beatty — in an image taken at 8:53:23 p.m. local time in LA.
He then accidentally handed to Beatty an extra envelope for Best Actress — leading Beatty’s “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway to make the announcement that will live on in Tinseltown infamy.