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Directors (at 24 mentions) received the most thanks from their accolades-winning actors (among the thanked helmers: Tom Hooper, Ben Affleck and David O. Russell), followed by cast (18), producer (13), writer and crew (12), fellow nominees and spouses (10) and family (nine). Below are some of the most memorable anecdotes and interesting figures The Hollywood Reporter pulled from the 48 acceptance speeches tallied.
Harvey Weinstein was thanked five times more than God
Nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis was the only person to thank God this year. When reading the acceptance speech for her best young actor/actress win at the Critics’ Choice Awards off her iPhone, the youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history said: “Thanks. Hello. First I would like to thank God for all my blessings.”
On the flip side, Jennifer Lawrence appeared onstage three times accepting awards for Silver Linings Playbook best actress wins. All three times she gave a personal shout-out to Harvey Weinstein, calling him a rascal twice. Upon her Golden Globe win, she thanked him for “killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.” The other Weinstein acknowledgments came from Lawrence’s Silver Linings co-star Bradley Cooper at the Critics’ Choice and Christoph Waltz for his Django Unchained best supporting actor win at the Golden Globes.
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Directors received most thanks
With a total of 24, directors were the most-thanked group this awards season. Anne Hathaway and Lawrence alone thanked their directors four times each. Speaking of director, Affleck appeared onstage a total of 11 times accepting on behalf of Argo.
The Academy got “thanked” once
In a joking aside during his best director win at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Oscar-snubbed Affleck began his speech with: “I would thank the Academy. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts.” The jab came on the same day the Argo helmer was left out of the best director race for the Academy Awards on nominations morning.
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Universal and Warner Bros. tied for most-thanked studio
Thank-yous abounded for Universal’s Les Miserables (Hathaway and Hugh Jackman both won for the film this awards season) and Warner Bros.’ Argo (Affleck and producer Grant Heslov were the speech-givers), with the studios receiving five thanks each. Next was Fox with four thanks, represented by speeches from Life of Pi director Ang Lee at the DGAs and best score winner Mychael Danna at the Golden Globes. Disney was the least-thanked studio, receiving a sole mention during an acceptance speech for Brave‘s best animated feature win at the Globes.
MTV received a shout-out
Upon receiving her best actress win at the SAG Awards, Lawrence said: “I want to thank MTV. I earned my SAG card when I was 14. I did an MTV promo for My Super Sweet 16. And I remember getting it in the mail and it being the best day of my entire life because it officially made me a professional actor, which put me in the category with all of you.”
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