According to actual research, many people who end up bagging an Oscar end up thanking Hollywood directors more than God in their acceptance speech.
Normally, a higher power, friends and family are included in the list of things a winner is grateful for – but Vocativ analyzed almost 1400 speeches that have been given for the past 86 years, and found that winners were not big on thanking God.
After being thankful for “The Academy”, Mommy and/or Daddy, the third most popular cited entity was none other than Steven Spielberg, who is best known for films such as Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can or Schindler’s List.
After Spielberg, winners have thanked producer Harvey Weinsten and Titanic’s writer James Cameron the most (probably simply because of the number of Oscars that one film got in 1998.) Followed by the man behind Star Wars, George Lucas, and Peter Jackson, who directed The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy as well as The Hobbit.
After these directors and producers comes God, as the 6th most cited entity an Oscar winner is thankful for. God has only been thanked 19 times, despite never having written, produced or directed any Hollywood films.
Other people who made the list include 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. And George Clooney got an honorable mention.
To sum up, the 1397 acceptance speeches that have come out of the Oscars, less than one percent of those people have verbally expressed their gratitude to a higher power.
Who knows, maybe God will get a little more appreciation the 87th time around. Though that’s probably more of a wistful thought than anything else.