Friday, February 6, 2009

Oscar Trivia Friday!

More 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. Which four of the following movies won the Oscar for Best Picture:

(A.) Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

(B.) Ben-Hur (1959)

(C.) Rocky (1976)

(D.) Star Wars (1977)

(E.) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

(F.) Saving Private Ryan (1998)

(G.) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

(H.) Chicago (2002)

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

(A.) Best Picture winner The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) was written by then-blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, but credited to original novelist Pierre Boulle, who neither read nor spoke English.

(B.) Best Picture winner The Godfather (1972) featured at least one cast member from every subsequent Best Picture winner of the 1970s.

(C.) Best Picture The Last Emperor (1987) was the first Western production allowed inside China’s Forbidden City.

(D.) Best Picture The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was the first Best Picture out on home video at the time of its win.

3. How many science-fiction films have won the Oscar for Best Picture?

(A.) None

(B.) One— 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

(C.) Two— 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

(D.) Three— Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Alien (1979), and Blade Runner (1982)

4. Amadeus (1984), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Braveheart (1995), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are the only Best Pictures to date to have won in what category, first given for films of 1981? (4 points)

(A.) Make-Up

(B.) Casting

(C.) Sound/Sound Recording

(D.) Adapted Screenplay

Answers to last Friday's Trivia:

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. [That was 1966]

(C.) Billy Crystal hosted. [That was 1990!]

(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. [Never happened.]

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. [Although she was so nervous at presenting that she never appeared again at an Oscar ceremony.]

(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 [Bald for The Virgin Queen]

√ (B.) Jack Lemmon in 1974

(C.) Tommy Lee Jones in 1994 [Bald for Cobb]

(D.) Jack Nicholson in 2007 [Bald for The Bucket List]

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.

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