Cue the "Jaws" music, because those Oscars acceptance speeches are getting downright verbose. According to Georgia Tech student Rebecca Rolfe, who crunches the numbers on her site, Thank the Academy, acceptance speeches have doubled in length since the 1960s.
In the bygone era of classic Hollywood, speeches ran just under 45 seconds. These days, they're close to two minutes. Maybe it's because today's feels compelled to thank everyone from the boom mic guy to the intern who keeps craft services looking top-notch, or maybe it's because film crews have also increased in size, but for whatever reason, winners just seem to have more to say.
Thank the Academy is a fascinating site, loaded with infographics about the awards. If you're looking for more stats, go check it out.