Whom Oscar winners thank the most, in charts

Enough already. Right?
Enough already. Right?
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As dozens of hopeful white people across Hollywood prepare their acceptance speeches and consider whom to thank at the Oscar awards on Sunday night, Quartz took a look back to see who has been thanked the most over the years.

We analyzed the transcripts of each onscreen Oscars speech given at every ceremony between 1982 and 2014, searching for mentions of key words like “Academy,” “publicist,” and “God.” It’s important to note that while the majority of these mentions are in the context of gratitude, some may not be. For example, a winner may be saying “Oh my God!” instead of ”I’d like to thank God.”

Here’s what we found:

The Academy

It’s standard procedure to thank the hosts, of course, so the Academy itself is always the big winner in mentions:


No one really appreciates their publicist. At least not publicly:


Husbands apparently get more love than wives, and mentions of “children” collectively are pretty low as well:


This is better thought of as a chart of winners saying “Oh my God!” Oscar winners actually thank the man upstairs pretty rarely.

This story was originally published on Jan. 16, 2016, and was updated on Feb. 26, 2016, two days before the Oscars ceremony.