Roundup: The science of Oscar acceptance speeches

02.20.14 4 years ago

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Who gets thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunch the numbers from the last decade’s worth of ceremonies, and have made some interesting discoveries — chief among them, that Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God. “What comes out in the moment-or doesn”t-is a true reflection of feeling, whether the speech feels rehearsed and polished or immediate and spazzy. And in Hollywood-and what”s more Hollywood than the Oscars?-billing matters,” they write. Included is an exhaustive cross-referenced chart breaking down individuals actors’ speech by class of person thanked, and in what order. Geek out. [Slate]

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Tim Gray anticipates the predicted Oscar clips from the Best Picture nominees, and suggests some alternatives. [Variety]

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