The two accountants who muddled up the main award envelopes at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony have been given bodyguards following reports they have received death threats on social media.
Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said security has been beefed up at the residences of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz following the mistake.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said the pair were in fear of their lives.
The error briefly saw La La Land named as best picture instead of Moonlight.
On Wednesday it emerged they will not be employed to do the Oscars job again. But TMZ.com reported that they will not lose their accountancy jobs.
PwC spokeswoman Carey Bodenheimer said Cullinan and Ruiz had been given protection after their home addresses and photos of their families were published in the media. On Sunday, the team behind La La Land had to be interrupted mid-acceptance speech before the real winner was revealed, in what has been described as the biggest mistake in 89 years of the Academy Awards. Read more