Most Thanked At The Oscars

The 90th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, March 4th and Oscars will be handed out to the year's biggest actors, actresses, directors, and more, responsible for helping to put together 2018's biggest movies. But, who will they be thanking? 

In 2015, Vocativ went back through the years and analyzed 1,396 Academy Award acceptance speeches, and came up with a list of the most thanked people by winners throughout the archived speeches on the Oscar website. And some surprising revelations came to light.

Many people who win awards thank God in their acceptance speeches, but according to Vocativ's report, God had been thanked only 34 times, compared to the 43 times director Steven Spielberg was thanked -- the most thank you's. 

Chillingly, Harvey Weinstein was the second most-thanked person -- tied with God -- receiving 34 thank you's in various acceptance speeches. Following the controversy surrounding the film producer within the last year, we're betting no one will be hearing his name in any acceptance speeches this year.

Along these lines, of the 24 people who made it to this most-thanked list, there are only two women: Lord Of The Rings screenwriter Fran Walsh (with 18 thank you's) and TV producer/President of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins.

See the rest of the Oscars Most-Thanked List Below.

1. Steven Spielberg: 43 Times

He's even been thanked by people who have simply been inspired by him (think Sam Mendes, American Beauty.)

2. Harvey Weinstein: 34 Times

The film producer, who has been accused on multiple accounts of sexual misconduct, may the second-most thanked person, but it's safe to say his thank you's end in 2018.

3. God: 34 Times

4. James Cameron: 26 Times

Cameron has been thanked mostly by people who worked on the famous movies he's directed like Titanic, Avatar, and Terminator.

5. Peter Jackson: 21 Times

Jackson has received thanks mostly from people who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

6. George Lucas: 20 Times

The King of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises has been thanked for his contributions 23 times.

7. Fran Walsh: 18 Times

The Lord Of The Rings screenwriter and Jackson's wife has scored 18 thank you's.

8. Sheila Nevins: 18 Times

The president of HBO Documentary Films is the only other woman to make this list.

9. Barrie Osborne: 16 Times

The producer and production manager is known for his work on the The Lord of the Rings franchise.

10. Francis Ford Coppola: 16 Times

 The film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer was a very important figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking.

11. Saul Zaentz: 15 Times

Saul Zaentz is a film producer who has won the Academy Award for Best Picture three times! 

12. Jeff Katzenberg: 12 Times

Jeffrey Katzenberg is well known for being the chairman of Walt Disney Studios for ten years in the mid '80s/early '90s. He produced many of those Disney movies we all know and love like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more. Following Disney, he became the co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, where he oversaw production of movies including Shrek, Madagascar, and more.

13. Bob Weinstein: 12 Times

14. Billy Wilder: 11 Times

15. John Lasseter: 11 Times

You know all those Pixar movies you love? You can thank John Lasseter for them. Eleven people already have!

16. Bob Fosse: 11 Times

Bob Fosse wore many hats as a a dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor. During his career, he won more Tony Awards than anyone else. 

17. Ridley Scott: 11 Times

Film producer Ridley Scott has been described as having "the very best eye in the business."

18. Martin Scorsese: 10 Times

19. Robert Zemeckis: 10 Times

Robert Zemeckis has been recognized for his innovation in visual effects throughout the various films he's worked on including the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Polar Express, and more.

20. Robert Redford: 10 Times

Robert Redford is many things. He's an actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, but he is also the founder of the famous Sundance Film Festival.

21. Frank Marshall: 10 Times

22. Jon Landau: 10 Times

23. Tim Burton: 10 Times

When you think of how many iconic films Tim Burton has worked on over the course of his career, it's no surprise he made the Oscars Most Thanked list.

24. George Clooney: 10 Times

Last, but certainly not least, is talented actor George Clooney, who has been thanked a total of ten times.

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