Just in Time for the Academy Awards: The DDB Life Style Study® Discovers What Movie Lines Have Left a Thumbprint on America's Psyche

Feb 25, 2011, 15:37 ET from DDB Worldwide

CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hollywood prepares for the Academy Awards, without question the film industry's biggest night, many Americans have likely already made up their minds as to their personal Oscar choices. Some movie screenplays are so special that certain lines seem to capture the heart and minds of audiences everywhere, and some of those movie lines strike such a chord that they even seem to encapsulate audiences' life philosophy.

The DDB Life Style Study®, the nation's largest and longest-running annual consumer survey, asked Americans what movie line best describes their life philosophy. "We would have expected that in America, where people are often characterized as being overly materialistic, lines like 'Show me the money' would have risen to the top in our survey. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that people are much more likely to embrace unpredictability and sentimentality for their life philosophies," said DDB U.S. Chief Strategist James Lou.

Across all genders, age groups and ethnicities, the movie line that rises to the top, most reflecting people's life philosophy, is from the movie Forrest Gump: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." The second most popular choice is from The Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home."

The total results are summarized in the following table:

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get – Forrest Gump


There's no place like home – The Wizard of Oz


Carpe diem (Seize the day) – Dead Poets Society


Get busy livin' or get busy dyin' – The Shawshank Redemption


Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night – All About Eve


Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn – Gone With the Wind


Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth – The Pride of the Yankees


May the Force be with you – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope


What we have here is a failure to communicate – Cool Hand Luke


Show me the money – Jerry Maguire


There's no crying in baseball – A League of Their Own


Houston, we have a problem – Apollo 13


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