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How powerful was Harvey Weinstein? Almost no one has been thanked at the Oscars more

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Harvey Weinstein is one of the most praised people in Hollywood. That might explain why it took him so long to be outed for allegedly sexually harassing or abusing more than a dozen women.

The disgraced film producer was personally thanked or praised by name in at least 34 Academy Awards acceptance speeches from 1993 through 2016, based on a Quartz analysis of speeches through 1966 that were archived by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences*. That’s as much as God—and more than almost any other individual in the industry.

The prolific film producer took chances on risky films that rose to Oscars acclaim while at the helm of studios Miramax and The Weinstein Company, such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Pulp Fiction, The Artist, and The King’s Speech. His movies were nominated for more than 300 Academy Awards, as reported the New Yorker (paywall), which uncovered claims by 13 women who said they were mistreated by Weinstein.

He is unlikely to rack up many more tributes.

Tomorrow, the Academy that runs the prestigious Oscars ceremony will meet to discuss Weinstein’s membership. The group came under fire earlier this year for awarding Casey Affleck, who has also been accused of sexual harassment, the Best Actor award—one of its top honors.

But the astonishing size, scope, and severity of the allegations against Weinstein is a beast of different color. The British Academy of Film and Television has already suspended Weinstein’s membership. He’s been fired from The Weinstein Company that he co-founded with his brother, Bob. Partners like Apple and Amazon are rethinking their deals to distribute his projects. Multiple Hollywood figures from George Clooney to Meryl Streep have condemned his actions. And he could face prosecution.

His power-wielding days in Hollywood may finally be through.

*A note on methodology: Quartz conducted the same analysis for Hollywood directors before the 2017 Academy Awards this past February. It found that Steven Spielberg was the only filmmaker thanked more than God at the Oscars. The list was updated to include the latest awards show and producers, like Weinstein.

We only counted literal thanks and tributes, such as “Thank God” or “Lord God, I praise you.” The tally for the Almighty did not include expressions like “Oh God,” “Oh my God,” “God bless,” “God knows,” “God willing,” or “God rest his soul,” and also ignored statements like “Thank God it took so long.” Spielberg’s count also omitted a passing mention by Spike Lee at the 2015 Academy Awards.


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