Graph: Oscar acceptance speeches have doubled in length

February 25, 2013

It's not just your imagination: Oscar winners now take more than twice as long to accept their awards as they did back in the 1960s.

Georgia Tech student Rebecca Rolfe charts the history on her Thank the Academy site, which might be the most graph-heavy look at the Oscar ceremony ever produced. It includes data on over 200 acceptance speeches, such as how long they take to get through the address.

Rolfe even looked at what winners do with their Oscar statuette once receiving it on stage, and finds a bit of a dichotomy between the gender: Men tend to hoist the little guy, women clutch.

No matter what they do with their statue, nearly all Oscar speeches end with a note of appreciation.Scroll through the entire site here.

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