BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-FILM-BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIf only Sir Ian McKellen had spoken out before the 2017 Oscars, there would be no EnvelopeGate at all.

The actor best known these days as Magneto in "X-Men" and Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings," who will next be heard as Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast," took to Twitter to share a special message for ill-fated Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. They were given the wrong envelope and didn't realize it until Warren opened it on stage, realized there was a problem, and immediately passed the problem on to Faye for her to deal with it.

Here's what McKellen would've done:

Of course, now everyone is going to want to check envelopes for the sole reason of avoiding what happened at the Oscars. To hell with secrecy. But it's smart of him to always check. And the pronunciation issue is valid -- remember Adele Dazeem?

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