CNN Did NOT Spoil Oscars with Leonardo DiCaprio “Best Actor” Statuette Shot (PIC)
Did CNN ruin the Oscars?
That’s what thousands of Twitter users suspected on Monday, when the cable news network aired a segment about the making of the Academy Awards statuettes.
It included a shot of a nameplate honoring Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for The Wolf of Wall Street (see right and below).
The moment led many outraged social media commenters to assume that DiCaprio was set to win the award — and that CNN had spoiled the surprise.
Except that’s 100 percent false.
There are two major problems with the theory.
First of all, voting hasn’t even concluded yet — completed Oscar ballots are still weeks away from final tabulation.
Second of all, every nominee has a nameplate created ahead of the ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences now engraves the names and performances of each nominee across all categories after nominations are announced.
Nameplates for DiCaprio and his Best Actor competitors are already made — the eventual winner’s plate is affixed to the statuette at the Governors Ball following the ceremony.
So, no, CNN did not ruin anything by showing the DiCaprio plate.
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