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Now, of all the things that we should arguably care about regarding the 2017 — i.e. the fact that Brie Larson was the only person at the ceremony who seemed to care about Casey Affleck's alleged history of sexual harrassment, or the utter overshadowing of 's astounding surprise Best Picture win by that whole fiasco — it's possibly reflective of our society as a whole that we're most interested in just who it was that screwed up the envelope thing.

Specifically, having sadly exhausted the possibility that the whole thing was an elaborate prank orchestrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone, the eyes of Hollywood have settled on a man named Brian Cullinan, and decided that it's probably best to just blame him for the whole thing. Y'see:

Brian Cullinan Was Told Not To Tweet During The Oscars, Apparently

'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

And, because this is 2017, that's apparently a huge deal. Y'see, Cullinan was one of two employees of accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers assigned with the task of handing out the envelopes containing the Oscar winners. Which, in theory, is a fairly simple task. One of the pair hands an envelope to whoever is presenting the next award, while the other — on the other side of the stage — keeps track of proceedings, and ensures that the correct award has been given.

Which, of course, went catastrophically wrong this past Sunday, when Hollywood legends Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty somehow found themselves holding a copy of the envelope declaring 's victory in the Best Actress category, while presenting the Best Picture award. That, in turn, led to them declaring that had won the award, rather than Moonlight, which actually had.

'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

And, as it turns out, Twitter may well be to blame. That, at least, is what appears to have emerged of late, with PricewaterhouseCoopers confirming that Cullinan was indeed the one who had made the mistake — something that many have attributed to the fact that he was Tweeting during the whole damn process. Which, according to an inside source who recently spoke with People magazine, he was explicitly prohibited from doing:

"Brian was asked not to tweet or use social media during the show... He was fine to tweet before he arrived at the red carpet but once he was under the auspices of the Oscar night job, that was to be his only focus... Tweeting right before the Best Picture category was announced was not something that should have happened."

In other words? It's entirely possible that a guy disobeying direct instructions not to Tweet just successfully disrupted two entire news cycles, and fundamentally altered cinematic history.

Congratulations, 2017. You already kind of suck.

What do you think, though? Do you think Twitter is to blame for that whole thing, or have you run out of craps to give? Let us know below!

Watch more Oscars 2017 reactions over at Movie Pilot Video.

(Sources: People)


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