More good old-fashioned Oscar trivia, leading us up to the big night. You can post guesses in the comments--I'll reveal the answers in the subsequent Friday entry. No prizes!!! Just for fun!
1. What happened for the first time at an Oscar ceremony at the 18th Annual Academy Awards (1946)?
(A.) The best songs were performed, including “Accentuate the Positive,” “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” and winner “It Might As Well Be Spring.”
(B.) The show was televised.
(C.) Billy Crystal hosted.
(D.) The wrong name was read when presenter Charles Boyer announced Ingrid Bergman as the winner (Joan Crawford had really won)— it was immediately cleared up.
2. Who forgot to mention the real-life person they portrayed in their Oscar-winning performance, telling reporters backstage: “I didn’t acknowledge her, shamefully…. And I’ve said so many things about her and so many things to her that she knows the esteem in which I hold her.”?
(A.) Julia Roberts— Erin Brockovich
(B.) Jennifer Connelly— Alicia Nash
(C.) Reese Witherspoon— June Carter
(D.) Helen Mirren— Queen Elizabeth II
3. Which of the following never happened at the Oscars?
(A.) In 1932, Walt Disney received a special award for the creation of Mickey Mouse.
(B.) In 1941, Best Supporting Actress winner Jane Darwell said of her Oscar that “awards are nice but she’d rather have a job,” prompting 20th Century Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck to call her the next day with a co-starring role in an upcoming movie.
(C.) In 1951, Marilyn Monroe, presenting the Best Sound Oscar, was so nervous that she fainted on stage and had to be revived by host Fred Astaire.
(D.) In 1961, when no one claimed the Bes t Song Oscar, presenter Jayne Meadows took it with her and displayed it on I’ve Got a Secret before sending it off to the winner.
4. Three of the following actors showed up bald at the Oscars, their heads shaved for a film they were currently making-- which is the only one who didn't?
(A.) Bette Davis in 1955
(B.) Jack Lemmon in 1974
(C.) Tommy Lee Jones in 1994
(D.) Jack Nicholson in 2007
5. Who was the first person to present an Oscar to themselves?
(A.) Hal Mohr, a surprise write-in winner, presenting Best Cinematography in 1936.
(B.) Walt Disney, presenting Best Cartoon Short Subject in 1937.
(C.) F. Scott Fitzgerald, presenting Best Motion Picture Story in 1938.
(D.) Hattie McDaniel, presenting Best Supporting Actress in 1939.
Answers to last Friday's Trivia:
Match the Oscar host with the quip:
Johnny Carson __B___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Chevy Chase __C___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Billy Crystal __D___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Ellen DeGeneres __J___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Whoopi Goldberg __F___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Bob Hope __A___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
David Letterman __E___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Steve Martin __G___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Chris Rock __H___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
Jon Stewart __I___ (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, or J)
(A.) “Two years ago I received an Honorary Oscar, but for a man of my determination and honesty, it was a hollow victory. It really meant nothing. As a matter of fact, I only keep the shrine open two afternoons a week.” (1955)
(B.) “This is the 51st Annual Academy Awards— two hours of sparkling entertainment spread out over a four hour show.” (1979)
(C.) “…Welcome to Monday Night Live. When the most important secrets in Hollywood are contained in briefcases held by two men whose complete silence can be depended upon: Poindexter and North.” (1987)
(D.) “Was that for me or are you just glad I’m not Snow White? I thought we’d bring her out and do the Lambada— the forbidden dance.” (1989)
(E.) “Last year, as the global film community knows, I made my big screen debut in a little something called Cabin Boy. And I, too, was lucky enough to turn words into magic.” (1995)
(F.) “For those of you scoring at home, keep it down, honey, we’re doing a show here.” (1999)
(G.) “Now I don’t like the Oscar stage being used for promotion. One year I watched Billy Crystal ride out here on a horse just to promote his movie City Slickers. And I was so mad it just made me want to start bringing down the house.” (2003)
(H.) “Welcome to the 77th and last Academy Awards.” (2005)
(I.) “Tonight is the night we celebrate excellence in film, with me, the fourth male lead from Death to Smoochy.” (2006)
(J.) "I think most people dream of winning an Academy Award. I had a dream of actually hosting the Academy Awards, and so let that be a lesson to you kids out there— aim lower." (2007)