Charles Payne

“First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates … When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend, and that friend is you.”

Matthew McConaughey

"When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you."

Lupita Nyong’o

Gratitude and Thanks

Trivia Question

Name the other three actors who thanked God at the Academy Awards in the past 12 years. Post your answer in the comments below.

I'm not a big fan of entertainment industry award shows. In fact, the last time I watched an award show of any kind, was the year Stevie Wonder set a record for his "Songs in the Key of Life" album at the Grammy’s. While channel surfing Sunday night, I was lucky enough to catch a part of Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech, where he thanked God for his success and mused about his father looking down with satisfaction from heaven.

It was very touching and very surprising. The most self-absorbed phonies in the world reside in Hollywood, with Manhattan and The Hamptons coming in a close second. It's a place where living legends, like 81- year- old Kim Novak, who appeared on stage, only to be ignored and ridiculed afterward for having had too much plastic surgery.

The nation continues to drift from the idea of God, embracing pagan priorities and beliefs, while taking too much credit for being born in a nation that became the greatest, in large part from a strong belief in God. Overwhelmingly, soldiers that died fighting for American freedom believed in God, and were proud to proclaim their love for their Heavenly Father. These days, the smug arrogance of Hollywood spends time alternating in its put-down of all of the foundations of America, from their belief in God and capitalism, to the Constitution.


Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.