Los Angeles (Feb. 12, 2004) -- Continuing its longstanding relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, PricewaterhouseCoopers will mark its 70th anniversary of managing the balloting for the Oscars when the awards air on Feb. 29.

It will be the "ultimate Walter Mitty moment for accountants" when this year's winners are announced, according to Rick Rosas, a tax specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers who is part of the firm’s Oscar balloting team.

Rosas, along with senior partner Greg Garrison, will be in charge of tabulating the winners in each category, putting the names in the envelopes, and handing them to Oscar presenters before they go onstage.

“We do everything by hand," said Rosas, "the same way Rolls Royce continues to build their cars by hand. It provides absolute accuracy and absolute confidentiality."

For Garrison, leader of the firm’s U.S. assurance practice, this year marks his ninth on the ballot team.

-- Roger Russell

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