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Internet Flips Out Over Supposed CNN Oscars Spoiler

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bill-swift - February 12, 2014

Yesterday one of the fifty people in America watching CNN's The Lead with Jake Trapper in the middle of the afternoon spotted something pretty interesting during a segment about the factory that makes the little golden Oscar statuettes for the Academy Awards: a name plate that said "Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Picture Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Wolf of Wall Street."

Obviously, to that one person, said plaque could only mean one thing: CNN had just accidentally revealed who won the Oscar for best actor. So that person got on Twitter, started spreading the news, and online pandemonium ensued.

Unfortunately, it turns out that there was one other possible explanation for the plaque seen on CNN yesterday, and that happens to be the real explanation: the factory always produces name plates for all the nominees because they are not put on the statuettes until after the awards ceremony.

Of course, anyone could have figured this out if they'd just thought about it. I mean, the voting for the Oscars doesn't even begin until February 14. That means it's impossible for there to be a winner yet unless you think the Academy Awards are just one big sham, which is just...actually kind of plausible. So nevermind.

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