Oscar 2017: Best Picture Gaffe–Accountant Cullinan

PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ accountant Brian Cullinan enjoyed the spotlight of participating in the Oscar show.  He commonly tweeted selfies with celebrities and relished his trips down the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

Before he became (in)famous for his involvement in handing over the wrong envelope on Sunday’s telecast, he’d been angling for a spot on the stage.

Cullinan had pitched Oscar producers on doing a sketch involving him and his colleague Martha Ruiz, interacting with host Jimmy Kimmel, according to two sources with knowledge of the exchange. But the idea was shot down.

A representative from PwC denied that Cullinan wanted to perform a skit, but said that he met with the show’s producers to discuss a possible onstage appearance.