Oscar acceptance speeches reveal gender differences

An analysis of 200 speeches in the major categories unearthed some interesting findings, such as: More women clutch the Oscar statuette and use the word “heart” in their speeches compared with men.

Just in time for this year’s Oscars comes Thank the Academy, an interactive site based on analysis of more than 200 Oscar speeches beginning in 1953 in the major categories.

Rebecca Rolfe, a master’s candidate in digital media, looked at the speeches to find verbal and physical expressions of gratitude, and came up with lots of data you can use as a spectator—or to craft your own acceptance speech.

She watched videos of the speeches and tabulated gender differences. Here are some things she discovered:

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