Award Season Fun Fact: Winners Thank Harvey Weinstein 5 Times More Than God
Directors (at 24 mentions) received the most thanks from their accolades-winning actors (Tom Hooper, Ben Affleck and David O. Russell were among the thanked helmers), 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 total 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 The Weinstein Company co-chairman, 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 acknowledgements came from Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper at the Critics' Choice and Christoph Waltz for his Django Unchained best supporting actor win at the Golden Globes.
Watch Jennifer Lawrence thank Harvey Weinstein at 1:29-in:
Watch Jennifer Lawrence thank Weinstein at 1:29-in
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.