The 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
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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