INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution Of The Hollywood Acceptance Speech

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution Of The Hollywood Acceptance Speech

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The Hollywood awards season has officially begun — and with it, the often entertaining acceptance speeches. But even when winners go up to the podium alone, their speeches reflect that they didn't win that award by themselves.

As it turns out, the people whom Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress winners thank in acceptance speeches has evolved drastically over the years. A decade ago, winners thanked an average of 11 people in their speeches. Today, that average has risen to 15. Fellow nominees are thanked twice as often now as they were 10 years ago — in fact, a surprising 99% of 2014 awards winners began their speeches by crediting their fellow nominees — while parents were less likely to have a starring role.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A., reviewed 20 years of acceptance speeches from Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress television and motion picture winners as part of its #TogetherWeAdvance campaign, highlighting the importance of support networks to personal success.

The research showed that successful actors' personal and professional networks are larger and more diverse than ever before. Friends play a more prominent role in actors' lives these days: One in four winners thanks his or her friends, and 54% of winners thank their significant others. The practice of thanking cast and crew rose 21% over the past decade.

Personal ambitions are rarely achieved alone, and celebrities are no different than the rest of us. Like us, they increasingly rely on a cast of friends, family, coaches, and colleagues to inspire them to aim higher.

Check out more surprising facts on the evolution of actors' awards show acceptance speeches in the infographic below. And let HSBC help you thank your own supporting cast by creating a personal video to share at

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