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The Academy Awards by the Numbers

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — As Sunday’s Academy Awards approaches, nominees are narrowing down what to wear, which after-parties to attend, and who to thank in their acceptance speeches.

If past speeches are any indication, Oscar winners will likely acknowledge family, friends, colleagues, agents, managers, and even hair stylists.

The website http://www.thanktheacademy.com tabulated more than 200 Oscar acceptance speeches from past ceremonies and came up with the following statistics:

The average speech is nearly 2 minutes long.

The old average was 44 seconds for men, 39 seconds for women.

Speeches given with notes last an average of 2 minutes, 2 seconds.

Speeches without notes last an average of 1 minute, 23 seconds.

Only 3 percent of directors cry while accepting their awards, while 21 percent of actors cry.

71 percent of the tears during acceptance speeches were shed after 1995.

About half the winners to date thanked their families. Less than half thanked the Academy.

All the nominees receive Oscar gift bags.

This year’s contents are worth roughly $45,000, and include a $12,000-trip to an Australian resort, $120 worth of maple syrup, contraceptives, a lint roller, and Windex.

-Chris Wolfe, KTLA News

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