Actresses More Thankful Than Actors

Your category is up. You sit in what would be a confortable chair any other day but today is different. Today is Oscar day and after sitting down for three hours, the chair is more of a torture device than a comfy seat. The nominees are listed. The envelope is opened. You hold your breath and then, you hear your name. You are flooded with emotions, mostly joy, but then fear sinks in because you remember you have to speak.  The Oscar Speech! Some keep it short like Joe Pesci, while others excitedly shout “I love you” long after the music has started playing like Cuba Gooding, Jr. Whether you are a regular Oscar attendee (ahem Meryl Streep) or a newbie, the acceptance speech is a difficult one. What do you say? Who do you thank in those 45 seconds before the music begins?

Well, the Academy, is high up on that list of people/entities to thank. The Academy has been referenced 82 times by Lead and Supporting winners in the past 26 years, while God has been named 30 times. The ladies typically say “thank you” and/or “thanks” more times than the men, and moms get more love than dads. I guess this means P&G’s “Thank You, Mom” commercials are applicable to Oscars as well as the Olympics. I can see the commercial now: a mom is driving her young son to acting class, comforting him after a horrible audition, attending his first play then sitting in the audience as he walks to the stage to receive his first Oscar. The young boy is now Matthew McConaughey and he looks at his mom and smiles. Someone grab me a tissue.

Other notable people to thank are friends, the cast, crew, and spouse. While actresses are more generous with the “thank yous,” the guys actually take the crown in mentioning a spouse (“wife”) more times than the ladies have mentioned “husband.”

So, there you have it, a quick breakdown of the words commonly said in Oscar speeches from 1987 to 2012.

Oscar Speech Word Count

(1988-2013)/(60th – 85th Academy Awards)

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Thank you/Thanks

156

205

108

144

Academy

19

20

20

23

God

19

11

8

12

Mom/Mother

11

21

6

6

Dad/Father

19

10

3

7

Parent(s)

2

5

1

2

Family(ies)

7

21

2

19

Friend(s)

20

22

7

13

Cast

11

9

7

10

Crew

5

11

4

8

Husband

0

5

0

8

Wife

10

0

13

1

More interesting facts:

Renee Zellweger is the only actress who said “wife” in her speech, thanking her brother’s wife
Jeff Bridges thanked his mom and dad the most times – Mom (4) Dad (4)
-Meryl Streep was mentioned 8 times
Cuba Gooding, Jr. used the word “love” 14 times

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*Analysis used data from the Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

-Mary

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Posted on February 28, 2014, in Film, Oscars and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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