Website reveals trends in Oscar acceptance speeches

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Admit it, you’ve done it. You’ve looked in the mirror, big smile or fake tears at the ready, and you’ve practiced your Oscar acceptance speech. But where would your big moment fit in with the hundreds of winners and the speeches that go along with them that already exist? Georgia Tech Masters student Rebecca Rolfe has all the answers. Like, all of them.

On an extensive website where she analyzed Oscar speeches going back to 1953, the first year the awards were televised, Rolfe came up with some interesting data about what is said and how everyone behaves. Fun fact: Harvey Weinstein is the most-thanked person in Oscar history. And apparently, crying has become more and more fashionable. 71% of Oscar speeches induced tears have been cried since 1995.

“Maybe the public has come to expect an emotional speech,” Rolfe told the Christian Science Monitor.

Women tend to clutch the little gold guy, supporting the base, whereas men are likely to raise him up. 13% of actors refer to their work as a “movie,” while 29% of directors do. Women thank their mothers, men thank their fathers.

Rolfe’s larger project is about public gratitude, but on the site you can privately practice your own Oscar speech — and compare your version with the winners who have … you know, actually won something.

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