That’s exactly what Brian Cullinan, one half of the two PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employees who were in charge of the Oscars envelopes on Hollywood’s night of nights, thought when he discussed his upcoming gig in an interview with Medium just two weeks before the ceremony.
“The producers decide what the order of the awards will be. We each have a full set. I have all 24 envelopes in my briefcase; Martha [his PwC partner who also works at the awards] has all 24 in hers,” Brian said, when asked to explain his role during the show.
“We stand on opposite sides of the stage, right off-screen, for the entire evening, and we each hand the respective envelope to the presenter.
Listen: The Recap team debriefs on the drama of the 2017 Oscars. (Post continues after audio.)
“It doesn’t sound very complicated, but you have to make sure you’re giving the presenter the right envelope.”
They’re the words that are now coming back to haunt him after last night’s epic blunder: La La Land was announced as the winner of the night’s biggest award, Best Picture, before it was revealed Moonlight had actually won.
In the same interview, Martha Ruiz said that as soon as they hand over the last envelope, “Brian and I meet onstage and head over to get something to drink very quickly”.
But Brian added that it “doesn’t end with the last envelope”.
While he was talking about the fact he will keep the secrets of which film or actor was voted second or third, or how close the winners really were, his words have taken on an entirely different meaning after last night's mishap.
He also added that there had "never been a problem" with the envelopes in recent history.
"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."
Brian Cullinan - who was tweeting from backstage throughout the awards - has since deleted his tweets, with users saying he was too busy being "starstruck" to focus on his job.