Friday, February 15, 2008

Oscar Trivia Friday!

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 Oscar winner and a quote from their speech:

Sally Field for PLACES IN THE HEART (1984) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Joe Pesci for GOODFELLAS (1990) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Tom Hanks for PHILADELPHIA (1993) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

James Cameron for TITANIC (1997) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Roberto Benigni for LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1998) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Anjelina Jolie for GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Jamie Foxx for RAY (2004) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

Ang Lee for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) _____
(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H)

(A.) “Um. It’s my privilege. Thank you.” (Entire speech.)

(B.) “I’m king of the world!”

(C.) “I am so in love with my brother right now. He just held my hand and told me that he loved me.”

(D.) “I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels.”

(E.) “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

(F.) “I can’t deny the fact you like me— right now, you like me!”

(G.) “I would like to be Jupiter and kidnap everybody and lie down in the firmament, making love to everybody!”

(H.) “My grandma used to sit down and talk to me…. and she still talks to me, only now in my dreams. And I can't wait to go to sleep tonight because we've got a lot to talk about."

2. Which is the only FALSE statement about the following Oscar winners for Best Picture?

(A.) Best Picture winner MARTY (1955) was adapted from a drama that originated on television.

(B.) Best Picture winner LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) does not have a single female speaking part.

(C.) Best Picture winner MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) was rated X.

(D.) Best Picture winner FORREST GUMP (1994) was the first film ever released on DVD.

3. TITANIC (1997) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003) are only the third and fourth Best Pictures winners respectively to win in what category, first given for films of 1934?

(A.) Make-Up

(B.) Song

(C.) Sound/Sound Recording

(D.) Special Effects/Visual Effects

4. During the first year of the Oscars, the sound film was in its infancy, and the first Best Picture winners were silent: WINGS (1927s Best Production [which the Academy has labeled the first “Best Picture”]) and SUNRISE (1927s Best Quality of Production).

Which is FALSE about the first year of the Academy Awards?

(A.) The first year of the Oscars contained a category for silent film “title writing,” made obsolete by year two.

(B.) Despite the fact that it was one of the Oscar-nominated Best Pictures, silent film THE WAY OF ALL FLESH (1927) has since been lost and no print survives today.

(C.) So that it would not have an unfair advantage over silent films, THE JAZZ SINGER, the first “talkie,” was not allowed to compete as a Best Picture but was given a special award as a consolation prize.

(D.) Due to the universality of silent films, more foreign-language films were nominated for Best Picture in the first year of the Academy Awards than in any other subsequent year.


1. Match the actor with the Oscars they’ve won:

Alec Baldwin __E__ (A, B, C, D, or E)

Michael Caine __C__ (A, B, C, D, or E)

Katharine Hepburn __B__ (A, B, C, D, or E)

Hilary Swank __D__ (A, B, C, D, or E)

Denzel Washington __A__ (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.” [Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Mary Steenburgen, and Maureen Stapleton]

3. Which is the only fictional character listed below for which an actor has played and not won an Oscar?

√ (A.) Tarzan

(B.) Santa Claus [Edmund Gwenn in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET]

(C.) The Village Idiot [John Mills in RYAN'S DAUGHTER]

(D.) Mary Poppins [Julie Andrews in 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 [ANNIE HALL (2), INTERIORS (2), MANHATTAN (1), HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (2), CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1), HUSBANDS AND WIVES (1), BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (3), MIGHTY APHRODITE (1), SWEET AND LOWDOWN (2)]— TOTAL= 15. In terms of the hint above, there has never been a Best (Lead) Actor winner for a Woody Allen movie.

(B.) Clint Eastwood [UNFORGIVEN (2), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1), MYSTIC RIVER (3), MILLION DOLLAR BABY (3)]— TOTAL= 9. In terms of the hint above, there has never been a Best Supporting Actress winner for a Clint Eastwood movie.

√ (C.) Martin Scorsese [ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (2), TAXI DRIVER (2), RAGING BULL (3), THE COLOR OF MONEY (2), GOODFELLAS (2), CAPE FEAR (2), THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1), CASINO (1), GANGS OF NEW YORK (1), THE AVIATOR (3), THE DEPARTED (1)]— TOTAL= 20. In terms of the hint above here are the Oscar winners: Best Actor: Robert DeNiro for RAGING BULL and Paul Newman for THE COLOR OF MONEY; Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn for ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE; Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci in GOODFELLAS; Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett in THE AVIATOR.

(D.) Steven Spielberg [CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (1), THE COLOR PURPLE (3), SCHINDLER'S LIST (2), AMISTAD (1), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1)]— TOTAL= 8. In terms of the hint above, there has never been an acting winner for a Steven Spielberg movie.

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