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Oscar acceptance speech study: Spielberg gets thanked more than God

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When an Oscar winner walks up to the mic to give their acceptance speech, there are few things they can say that haven’t been said before. Many people thank their family, their film’s team, and/or their spouse (if they remember). It’s also not uncommon for any given person to thank God. 

However, thanks to a study by Vocativ, in which all 1,396 acceptance speeches ever given were analyzed, there are five people in Hollywood who can say they’ve trumped God—at being mentioned in more speeches, at least.

In the study, Vocativ concluded that “The Academy” is thanked in 43 percent of all speeches, with Mom and Dad getting a shout-out 28 percent of the time. However, the most thanked person in Oscar history is Steven Spielberg, who has been thanked a total of 42 times. 

As for God? He’s only been thanked 19 times. Check out the top six below:

  1. Steven Spielberg (thanked 42 times)
  2. Harvey Weinstein (thanked 34 times) 
  3. James Cameron (thanked 28 times) 
  4. George Lucas (thanked 23 times)
  5. Peter Jackson (thanked 22 times)
  6. God (thanked 19 times)

Rounding out the Top 10—with a few ties— are: Fran Walsh, writer of the Lord of the Rings screenplays, Sheila Nevins, president of HBO documentary film, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and producers Barrie Osborne and Saul Zaentz.

Perhaps we should all change our Martin Scorsese drinking game to a Steven Spielberg drinking game this year.

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