Dear Oscars, why you need to swap accountants for engineers in 2018


Dear Oscars, why you need to swap accountants for engineers in 2018

In the wake of ‘envelopegate’ it’s time the Academy Awards swapped Accountants for Engineers.

Oscars 2017 will be known for one thing; envelopegate. In front of an auditorium full of Hollywood’s finest and a TV audience of millions, poor Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope.

The pair subsequently announced La La Land as the winner of Best Picture. Before you could yell ‘wrong envelope’ the stage was packed with a beaming cast and crew from La La Land, proudly grasping what they believed to be their Best Picture Oscar. Of course, the error was eventually highlighted and the correct winner, Moonlight announced.

89th Academy Awards - Oscars Awards Show

In the days following the event the world has been enlightened to the backstage logistics of the Oscars; the presence of the two briefcases on either side of the stage, each filled with the same set of sealed envelopes and the two PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants with the responsibility for handing the sealed envelopes to the presenters for each award.

It has now become clear that the cause of the error was a problem which has besieged humankind since its very dawn; human error. To be more precise, an accountant named Brian Cullinan who was distracted by his urge to tweet a picture of Best Actress Winner, Emma Stone who was backstage having just picked up her award. Busy adding his #PWC into the picture’s caption, Cullinan forgot to discard the duplicate Best Actress envelope in his briefcase and so handed it straight to the presenters of the Best Picture Award. The rest, as they say in the movies, is history.

Get an engineer on the case

Accountants are precise, reasoned and professional and PriceWatwerhouseCoopers, with much hubris pre Oscars 2017, pointed out that the awards have always ran without a hitch since they became involved. Whoops.

However, when it comes to working with precision, often in a busy, noisy and easily distracting environment, there’s only really one profession that stands out; engineering.

Whether it’s trackside with F1 cars screaming past, stood atop a blustery bridge, or in a clanking and clunking mass production environment. You can always count on an engineer to get the calculations correct. 

At Surface Technology we work to precise microns, in a busy engineering environment but there’s no room for compromise, Oscar-clutching Best Actress or not. 

Plus, you will more than likely get a more failsafe method engineered to dispense the envelopes than two dusty old briefcases.  

So, Oscars organisers, make 2018 the Engineer’s Oscars. 


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