CNN viewers got a massive spoiler about the 2014 Oscars during a segment that aired on February 10 — or, at least, they thought they did when anchor Ted Rowlands held up a nameplate that read "Best Actor" and "Leonardo DiCaprio" during a tour of the factory that produces the Academy Award statuettes.
So, is the former Titanic teen heartthrob finally taking home the Oscar gold that's been eluding him for so long?
Not necessarily. Voting for the 86th Academy Awards doesn't even begin until Friday, February 14 and and finishes less than a week before host Ellen DeGeneres takes the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood on March 2 to emcee the big show.
Turns out, the factory in question generates nameplates for every nominee — and the nameplates for the winners are affixed to the statues after the ceremony. (The losers' nameplates are recycled. Better luck next year, people.)
This is Leo's fourth Oscar nomination in an acting category — having previously been recognized for his roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond. (He has also generated Oscar buzz around his performances in Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Revolutionary Road, and Django Unchained.)
As BuzzFeed notes, his Oscar snubs have been the subject of countless GIFs and meme images. Will he silence the jokesters this year by taking home a trophy? We'll just have to wait until March 2 to find out — Oscar spoilers simply don't exist.
Source: CNN, BuzzFeed