The 85th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2013. As you prepare for the big show, why don't you try Number 16's third annual Oscar quiz. There are 10 questions for you. Ready? Good luck!
NUMBER 16 OSCARS QUIZ 2013
1. The classic 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards. It won in two categories. In which categories did The Wizard of Oz win its two Oscars?
A. Judy Garland won for Best Actress for her role as Dorothy Gale and The Wizard of Oz was chosen Best Motion Picture.
B. The Wizard of Oz won Oscars in the categories of Best Visual Effects and Best Costumes.
C. The Wizard of Oz won Academy Awards in the categories of Best Musical Score and Best Song -"Over the Rainbow."
D. Ray Bolger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Scarecrow and The Wizard of Oz was chosen Best Motion Picture.
E. Margaret Hamilton won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the Wicked Witch of the West and "Over the Rainbow" won an Oscar in the Best Song category.
2. Why is the Academy Award statuette nicknamed Oscar?
A. It was nicknamed Oscar in honour of Oscar W. Reed, the first president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
B. Although the origins of the nickname remain unclear, there is a popular story that the Academy librarian said that the statuette reminded her of her "Uncle Oscar."
C. The man who designed the statuette was named Oscar Olson.
D. The designer of the statuette was a big fan of the works of playwright Oscar Wilde.
E. The statuette's designer's father was named Oscar.
3. In 1928, Janet Gaynor won the Academy Award for Best Actress. What was significant about her achievement?
A. She received the first Oscar statuette ever presented.
B. She delivered the first acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.
C. She was the first to win a Oscar for a performance in a silent film.
D. She was the first to win an Oscar for a performance in a sound film.
E. She won the first Oscar in the Best Actress category and it was the only occasion when a actress won one Oscar for multiple film roles.
|Janet Gaynor circa 1931|
4. Meryl Streep has the highest number of Oscar nominations for acting with an impressive 17 nominations (She has won 3 times - twice for Best Actress and once for Best Supporting Actress). Who holds the record for the male with the most Oscar nominations in the acting category?
A. Jack Nicholson
B. Paul Newman
C. Robert De Niro
D. Marlon Brando
E. Al Pacino
5. Robert Redford has received two Oscars. One was a Lifetime Achievement in 2002. What was the other?
A. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
B, He won an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his performance in The Candidate.
C. He won a Best Actor award for The Sting.
D. Redford won an Academy Award for directing the film Ordinary People.
E. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Way We Were.
6. Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for this year's Best Actor Award for his work in Lincoln. Which of the following statements about Day-Lewis is false?
A. Daniel Day-Lewis is Scottish.
B. Daniel Day Lewis is the son of a well known poet.
C. Daniel Day-Lewis is married to the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller.
D. Daniel Day Lewis is 55 years old.
E. Daniel Day Lewis has an older sister named Tamasin Day-Lewis.
7. Which individual has garnered the most Academy Awards?
A. Jack Warner
B. Walt Disney
C. Stephen Spielberg
D. David O. Selznick
E. Cecil B. DeMille
8. How much does an Oscar statuette weigh?
A. 7 1/2 pounds (3.4 kilograms)
B 6 1/2 pounds (2.94 kilograms)
C. 7 pounds (3.17 kilograms)
D. 8 1/2 pounds (3.85 kilograms)
E. 8 pounds (3.62 kilograms)
9. In 1939, Walt Disney received an honorary Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Who presented him with the special Oscar?
A. Judy Garland
B. An actress dressed as Snow White
C. Shirley Temple
D. His daughter Diane (born December 18, 1933)
E. Mickey Rooney
10. Has Leonardo DiCaprio ever won an Oscar?
|DiCaprio in 2010|
A. Yes, DiCaprio won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Titanic.
B. Yes, Leo won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?.
C. Yes, he won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Blood Diamond.
D. Yes, Leonard DiCaprio has won two Academy Awards. His first Oscar was for Best Leading Actor for Titanic. His received his second Oscar for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator.
E. No, Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Academy Award.
|Judy Garland singing "Over the Rainbow"|
The Wizard of Oz received the Oscar in the categories of Best Musical Scoring - by Herbert Stothart and Best Song - "Over the Rainbow" - music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Edgar Yipsel Harburg. Trivia Note: "Over the Rainbow" was almost cut from the film due to length. Judy Garland was given a special Academy Juvenile Award in recognition of her performance.
Although the source of the moniker is not clear, there is a well known story that Margaret Herrick, the Academy librarian who later became executive director, made a comment that the statuette resembled her "Uncle Oscar" (who was actually her cousin).. Her cousin's full name was Oscar Pierce. Trivia Note: "Oscar" was not officially adopted as a nickname by the Academy until 1939.despite the fact that the term was in use well before then.
In 1928, Janet Gaynor was the first to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress . She won for her performances in three films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion that an actress won the award for multiple film roles. The rules were changed three years later. Janet Gaynor died on September 14, 1984 at the age of 77. She had never fully recovered from the injuries she received in a traffic accident in San Francisco two years earlier.
Jack Nicholson has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards for acting. He has won 3 times - twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor. Nicholson's winning percentage is actually better than Streep's.
Robert Redford won an Academy Award for Best Director in 1981 for Ordinary People.
Daniel Day-Lewis was born in London, England on April 29, 1957 (55 years old). He.is of Anglo-Irish heritage on his father's side and currently holds both British and Irish citizenship. His late father, Irish-born Cecil Day-Lewis, was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. His mother, London-born actress Jill Balcon, died of a bran-tumour in 2009. Balcon, whose family was Jewish, had a Polish background on her mother's side and a Lithuanian background on her father's side. Cecil Day-Lewis and Jill Balcon also had a daughter, Tamasin Day-Lewis (born September 17, 1953), who became a documentary filmmaker and television chef.
Daniel Day-Lewis married Rebecca Miller, the daughter of American playwright Arthur Miller, in 1996. They have two sons, Ronan Cal Day-Lewis (born June 14, 1998) and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis (born in May 2002). Day-Lewis also has another son, Gabriel Day-Lewis (born in 1995) from his relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani.
To date, Walt Disney is the individual who has won the most Oscars. Disney received a total of 26 Academy Awards, four of which were honorary.
According to information on the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscar statuette weighs 8 1/2 pounds (3.85 kilograms).
|Walt Disney with Shirley Temple|
In 1939, Shirley Temple presented a special Academy Award to Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He was given one full-sized Oscar and seven mini statuettes. Critics called Snow White "Disney's folly" because they didn't movie audiences would want to see a full-length animated film. Boy, were they proven wrong! By the way, Walt really had a daughter named Diane. Her full name was Diane Marie Disney and she was born on December 18, 1933. Now known as Diane Disney-Miller (she married football player Ron Miller in 1954), she is 79 years old.
No, Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Academy Award although he has been nominated three times. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role foe What's Eating Gilbert Grape? in 1994, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator in 2005 and Blood Diamond in 2007.