News Nuggets: Envelope-maker promises 'dummy-proof' Oscar stationery

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By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 18 2013 10:05 am
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oscars envelopes entertainment film news academy awards and the oscar goes to the envelope pleaseThe manufacturer of Oscar envelopes promises "dummy-proof" stationary that will be easier for starlets to open: "... when we asked Marc about starlets' persistent inability to crack the envelope in one smooth, dramatic gesture, [Marc Friedland] became even more serious. 'Hopefully that’s [just] been the perception,' he corrected. 'Ours have not been. We re-engineered [them] to make it dummy-proof. Like any great suit, we took it out a little in the seam, so that way it wasn’t that snug.'" Vanity Fair

Online voting is safe enough for the Oscars, but not safe enough for political elections. TechHive

David Whitaker defends the unpopular notion that the Grammys really do matter, and get it right more often than they get it wrong. PopMatters

Seth MacFarlane explains the Oscar Experience College Search, in which aspiring filmmakers will be recruited as trophy handlers for the February 24 telecast. Entertainment Weekly

Paul McCartney won his 17th Grammy last week, Traditional Pop Album for "Kisses on the Bottom." He talked to New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff about the honor.

Novelist Teddy Wayne discusses experiencing the Grammys with first-time nominee Hunter Hayes: "Thanks to a new novel I'd written, 'The Love Song of Jonny Valentine,' about an 11-year-old pop star, I was given the opportunity to attend the Grammys last Sunday. The idea was to get a taste of what the momentous, chaotic day is like for a real-life young nominee. And so I packed my bags for Los Angeles, leaving behind, as per CBS's widely circulated memo about sartorial restrictions, my crotchless tuxedo." Rolling Stone

Entertainment Weekly counts down the 20 best Oscar acceptance speeches of the last 20 years.

 
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