Here's this week's dose of Oscar Trivia, leading up to the 80th Annual Oscars on the 24th. Next Friday I'll post the answers.
1. Match the actor with the Oscars they’ve won:
Alec Baldwin _____ (A, B, C, D, or E)
Michael Caine _____ (A, B, C, D, or E)
Katharine Hepburn _____ (A, B, C, D, or E)
Hilary Swank _____ (A, B, C, D, or E)
Denzel Washington _____ (A, B, C, D, or E)
(A.) One Lead Acting Oscar; one Supporting Acting Oscar
(B.) Four Lead Acting Oscars
(C.) Two Supporting Acting Oscars
(D.) Two Lead Acting Oscars
(E.) Zero Oscars
2. What unusual coincidence is true about all four Best Supporting Actress winners from 1978-81?
(A.) They were all born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
(B.) They all won the Oscar on their birthdays.
(C.) They were all pregnant when they won.
(D.) They all have the same initials— “M.S.”
3. Which is the only fictional character listed below for which an actor has played and not won an Oscar?
(B.) Santa Claus
(C.) The Village Idiot
(D.) Mary Poppins
4. Of all directors, William Wyler has been responsible for directing the most actors in nominated performances. With 20 acting nominations to his credit, which director holds the record among living directors? Hint: This director has seen an Oscar winner in each of the four acting categories.
(A.) Woody Allen
(B.) Clint Eastwood
(C.) Martin Scorsese
(D.) Steven Spielberg
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S TRIVIA QUIZ:
1. Who received the first standing ovation in Oscar history?
√(A). D. W. Griffith [in 1936 at the Eighth Annual Academy Awards when he received an Honorary Oscar]
(B.) Charlie Chaplin
(C.) Al Jolson
(D.) Irving J. Thalberg (posthumously)
2. In which decade did all of the following people win a Special or Honorary Oscar: Orson Welles, Lillian Gish, Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson, Groucho Marx, Jean Renoir, Mary Pickford, and Laurence Olivier.
(A.) The 1930s
(B.) The 1950s
√ (C.) The 1970s
(D.) The 1990s
3. Which of the following never happened?
(A.) An unknown man accepted no-show Alice Brady’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar and walked off with it, never to be seen again, in 1938.
√ (B.) Helen Grigor, a high school student, roller skated across the stage and attempted to snatch Joanne Woodward’s Oscar from her in 1958.
(C.) Stan Berman, a cabdriver, appeared onstage with a homemade Oscar for Bob Hope in 1962.
(D.) Robert Opal, a streaker, ran across the stage completely nude in 1973.
4. Why did presenter Goldie Hawn say “Oh, my god!” when she opened the Best Actor envelope at the 1971 Oscars?
√ (A.) The winner was George C. Scott (Patton) who had stated that he would refuse the Oscar if he won it.
(B.) It was a tie— both Gene Hackman (The French Connection) and Art Carney (Harry and Tonto) had won.
(C.) She gave herself a paper cut and bled all over the envelope.
(D.) There was an earthquake, which shook the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for several seconds.
5. What occurred when Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith presented the Oscar to Best Supporting Actress Geena Davis in 1989?
(A.) Melanie Griffith, in giving Supporting Actor winner Kevin Kline his envelope as a memento, accidentally gave him both the Supporting Actor and unread Supporting Actress envelopes, causing Don Johnson to have to run backstage to find Kline while the audience waited.
√ (B.) For the first time, Don Johnson used the phrase “And the Oscar goes to…” instead of the up-until-then-traditional “And the winner is…”
(C.) Don Johnson proposed to Melanie Griffith (she accepted).
(D.) A protestor stood up in the audience and shouted “Hollywood is a bunch of hypocrites! AIDS action now! 102,000 People Dead! People Are Dying”,” before he was bodily removed from the auditorium. Johnson and Griffith were visibly upset.