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PriceWaterHouseCooper Owns Up To Oscar’s Mix-Up

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Yikes!

We still can't get over the fact that we bared witness to the most epic Oscars mix-up of all time on live television when the wrong Best Picture was announced last night. After scrambling to figure out the reasoning behind the mistake, the Academy was able to put the blame on their accountants, PriceWaterHouseCooper. The company released an official statement to clear up the issue at hand:

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. 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.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.

—PwC

While backstage, Emma Stone clarified that she held on to her Best Actress In A Leading Role card, so she wasn't sure how it was possible to name the wrong movie in the Best Picture category. “I also was holding my Best Actress In A Leading Role card that entire time,” she said. “I’m not trying to start anything, but I’m not sure what happened, and I really wanted to talk to you guys first.”

Turns out, the mistake was made because PriceWaterHouseCooper prints two copies of every winner. In this case, the wrong envelope was handed to co-presenter Warren Beatty before he took the stage. When he realized that the card was incorrect, he panicked and passed the card over to Faye Dunaway who read it as La La Land. 

The whole ordeal was the longest two minutes of everyone's lives. Rather than let the lie continue, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz stopped the celebration and declared that a sincere mistake had been made. From there, Jimmy Kimmel rushed on the stage to make light of the serious situation. Once in possession of the correct card, Beatty gave it to the man it really belonged to, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. 

Obviously, it was a disappointing disaster for all parties involved, but everyone handled it with grace and dignity. At the end of the day, the rightful winner was recognized. Moonlight is officially the first LGBT film to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Hopefully, we'll all be able to redirect our focus to that fact.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

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