Do Oscar Winners Live Longer than Less Successful Peers? A Reanalysis of the Evidence

  title={Do Oscar Winners Live Longer than Less Successful Peers? A Reanalysis of the Evidence},
  author={Marie-Pierre Sylvestre and Ella Huszti and James A. Hanley},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
The large survival advantagealmost 4 yearsfor Academy Awardwinning actors and actresses over their less successful peers (1) continues to receive attention. We point out that the statistical method used to derive the statistically significant survival difference gave the Oscar winners an unfair advantage. We suggest how readers might recognize and avoid similar biases in other research reports. Redelmeier and Singh's report (1) was based on 235 Oscar winners, 527 nominees (nonwinners), and 887… 

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