How the Academy changed the Oscars envelopes after last year’s mix-up
You really can’t miss it. And for those backstage, you shouldn’t miss it.
This year’s winner envelopes feature much bigger print on the outside — a change that was no doubt influenced by last year’s snafu when La La Land was incorrectly announced as the winner of Best Picture (Moonlight took home the trophy). The print is so big that folks in the back of the Dolby Theatre should be able to see what category is about to be announced.
For those who don’t remember last year’s end-of-show debacle (and how did you miss it?), the wrong envelope for Best Picture was handed to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. A clearly confused Beatty hesitated after opening the envelope, so he handed it to Dunaway who immediately announced La La Land.
The envelope was actually the one for Actress in a Leading Role, with La La Land’s Emma Stone printed in it. After the show, many news outlets zoomed in on the envelope to figure out how the hell it all went down.
This year, no one will have to blow up the envelopes to see what they say. We can easily read them from home, thank you very much.