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Oscar Winners May Live Longer Than Losers

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As the clock crept close to midnight on Sunday night, Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey were each awarded shiny gold men. And, according to a study reported by Time, those two—and the rest of the 2014 Oscars class—have more to be happy about than winning alone.

Researchers from the University of Toronto observed 1,649 Oscar-nominees back in 2001, specifically looking for factors that could influence life expectancy, and found that winners tallied up a survival advantage of about four years over their competitors who left empty-handed. Feel dubious about the connection? The study found that winning multiple awards correlated to an even longer life expectancy of two additional years!

What's a survival advantage? It means successful stars are probably more likely to take care of their health and avoid risky behaviors while in the public eye. It's not a box-office silver bullet to success (Philip Seymour Hoffman comes to mind), but having the means to take that kind of care of oneself has been linked to a longer and healthier lifespan. [Click here to read the full story at Refinery29!]


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