An Oscars quiz for movie fans
Even in its 90th year, the Academy Awards keeps rolling out firsts. But you don't need to be first in our Oscar quiz -- you just have to last. Have at it.Posted — Updated
Even in its 90th year, the Academy Awards keeps rolling out firsts. But you don’t need to be first in our Oscar quiz — you just have to last. Have at it.
A. Sammy Davis Jr.
B. Katharine Hepburn
C. Richard Burton
A. “Ladies and gentlemen, ‘The Sting.'”
B. “Oh, yes, they call him the streak. Look at that. Look at that.”
C. “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”
D. “The academy would like to apologize for that display of poor taste.”
A. “The five nominees for the Academy Award for best picture are ... ”
C. “Oh, David, you’re a very funny man.”
D. “That’s a pretty hard act to follow.”
A. Allison Janney and Willem Dafoe
B. Lesley Manville and Gary Oldman
C. Laurie Metcalf and Richard Jenkins
D. Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis
A. Charlie Chaplin
B. Liza Minnelli
D. Barbra Streisand
B. “The Artist”
C. “The King’s Speech”
D. “Million Dollar Baby”
A. “The Exorcist”
C. “Rosemary’s Baby”
D. “Wait Until Dark”
A. Linda Blair
B. Ruth Gordon
C. Audrey Hepburn
D. Piper Laurie
A. Timothée Chalamet
B. Tracy Letts
C. Michael Stuhlbarg
D. Bradley Whitford
A. Jessica Tandy
B. Henry Fonda
C. Emmanuelle Riva
D. Christopher Plummer
A. Kathryn Bigelow
B. Jane Campion
C. Sofia Coppola
D. None of them
1. A. At the ceremony honoring films released in 1963, Sammy Davis Jr. was presenting the award for music score adaptation or treatment but was handed the envelope for the original music score winner, John Addison for “Tom Jones.” After calling out that name, he learned that he was given the wrong envelope and joked, “Wait till the NAACP hears about this.” He was given the correct envelope and announced the actual winner, André Previn for “Irma la Douce.”
2. C. After the streaker went by, Niven laughed but remained fairly composed as he let the audience reaction play out, then responded with his zinger.
3. D. Taylor received a standing ovation when she entered and got a good laugh with her reference to the streaker and Niven.
4. C. Manville and Oldman were married from 1987 to 1990. They have a son, Alfie Oldman.
5. D. Streisand won best actress for the 1968 musical “Funny Girl” and best original song (with Paul Williams) for the 1976 drama “Evergreen (Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’).”
6. D. Yes, it’s been 13 years since Hilary Swank was a best actress nominee — and winner — for the boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby,” which also won best picture in 2005. The four this year with both best picture and best actress nominations are “Lady Bird” (Saoirse Ronan), “The Post” (Meryl Streep), “The Shape of Water” (Sally Hawkins) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Frances McDormand).
7. A. “The Exorcist” from 1973.
8. B. Gordon won best supporting actress for “Rosemary’s Baby” from 1968.
9. C. Stuhlbarg appears in “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Post.” The other three appear in two each: Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” Letts in “Lady Bird” and “The Post,” and Whitford in “Get Out” and “The Post.”
10. D. Plummer set the record with his supporting actor win at age 82 for “Beginners,” the 2011 film in which he plays a widower who comes out of the closet.
11. D. No woman has been nominated for best director twice. Bigelow followed “The Hurt Locker” (2009), for which she became the first (and only) female best director winner, with “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), which received five Oscar nominations, but not for director. Go figure.
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