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Matthew McConaughey Thanks God in Speech

Matthew McConaughey offered thanks to God for his Academy Award during his acceptance speech, surprising many people. He said,

“First off, I want to thank God, ’cause that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know is not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Lawton who said ‘when you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you.'”

Since 2002, only four people have thanked God in Academy Award speeches. Besides McConaughey, they include:
Denzel Washington, 1989
Jennifer Hudson, 2007
Forest Whitaker, 2007

I do not know what Matthew McConaughey’s spiritual beliefs are, but he certainly took a risk mentioning God.

Why do you think God is mentioned so little by Academy Award winners?

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