Martha Ruiz

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PwC’s Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan were blamed for  blunder that saw ‘La La Land’  named best film in error. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Bodyguards have been hired to protect the two accountants responsible for the Oscars best picture blunder. Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoope(...)

Bad week: Martha Ruiz (left) and Brian Cullinan (right), the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partners overseeing the Oscar ballots. Photograph: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

In numbers: Winning streak 25 Years since Australia was last in recession. (Charlie Haughey was Taoiseach at the time.) Its economy contracted in th(...)

 ‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz and US actor Warren Beatty reveal the best picture mix-up at this year’s  Oscars  in Hollywood, the US. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Warren Beatty has urged the organisers of the Oscars to “publicly clarify” the reasons for the envelope mix-up which led to the highest-profile fiasco(...)

Brian Cullinan (third left) of PricewaterhouseCoopers after the Best Picture Academy Award was mistakenly awarded to ‘La La Land’.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Brian Cullinan had one job. It was the LA-based accountant’s responsibility to make sure that the right envelope got into the right hands at the right(...)

Brian Cullinan (R) and Martha Ruiz (L) of PricewaterhouseCoopers confer on stage after the Best Picture was mistakenly awarded to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight”. Cullinan gave presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for the Best Picture Award, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Nobody pays their auditor to make the headlines. That is one reason why the impact of PwC’s Oscars envelope mix-up may turn out to be as bad as that o(...)