Saturday, February 25, 2012

2012 Oscars Quiz


Are you ready for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony tomorrow?  Before the big show, why don't you sit down and test your Oscar knowledge by completing Number 16's ten-question quiz.

1.  Comedian Billy Crystal will be hosting the Oscars this year.  Counting this year, how many times has Crystal hosted the Academy Awards show?

A.  8 times

B.  7 times

C.  10 times

D.  9 times

E.  6 times

2.  The only person who has hosted more Oscar ceremonies than Billy Crystal is legendary comedian Bob Hope.  How many Academy Awards broadcasts did Bob Hope host?  (This is your bonus question.  If you answer it correctly, give yourself an extra point)

A.  18 times

B.  16 times

C.  20 times

D.  17 times

E.  15 times

3.  Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow are both nominated this year in the Best Supporting Actor category.  Canadian-born Plummer is nominated for his role in Beginnings and Sweden's Von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Both men are 82 years old and if either one wins, he will become Oscar's oldest winning actor.  Who is currently Oscar's oldest winning male actor?

A.  Art Carney

B.  Hal Holbrook

C.  George Burns

D.  Peter Finch

E.  Jack Palance

4.  Who made the longest acceptance speech at the Academy Awards?

A.  Elizabeth Taylor

B.  Katharine Hepburn

C.  Jane Fonda

D.   Shelley Winters

E.  Greer Garson

5.  Acceptance speeches at the Academy Award now have a time limit.  What is that time limit?

A.  45 seconds

B.  one minute

C.  50 seconds

D.  70 seconds

E.  40 seconds

6.  At the 1979 Academy Awards ceremony, Annie Hall won four major Oscars:  Best Actress for Diane Keaton, Best Picture, Best Original Screen Play and Best Director for Woody Allen.  Woody Allen did not attend the event.  Where was he?

A.  Woody was ill with the flu.

B.  Woody was playing the clarinet at a jazz club.

C.  Woody was filming a movie on location in New York City.

D,  Woody was mourning the recent death of his mother.

E.  Woody did not attend in protest of American foreign policy.

7.  Bing Crosby won only one Oscar during his lengthy career.  For which movie did Bing win?

A.  The Bells of Saint Mary's

B.  The Country Girl

C.  Going My Way

D.  Holiday Inn

E.  Man on Fire

8.  Tom Hanks won the Best Actor award in two consecutive years.  He won for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994.  Only one other actor has accomplished that feat.  Name him.

A.  Clark Gable

B.  Dustin Hoffman

C.  Humphrey Bogart

D.  Spencer Tracy

E.  Al Pacino

9.  Sally Field made a memorable acceptance speech at at Academy Awards in 1985.  She said, "I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect.  The first time I didn't feel it (when she won in 1980), but this time I feel it, and I can't deny that you like me, right now, you like me!"  Most people remember that speech, but they don't remember what movie Sally Field won the Academy Award for in 1985.  What was the film that earned her her second Best Actress Oscar?

A.  Places in the Heart

B.  Forrest Gump

C.  Norma Rae

D.  Steel Magnolias

E.  Mrs. Doubtfire

One of the shortest acceptance speeches by a Best Actress winner consisted of these words: "There's a great deal to say, and I'm not going to say it tonight.  I would just like to to really thank you very much."  Who made that concise speech?

A.  Audrey Hepburn

B.  Katharine Hepburn

C.  Gwyneth Paltrow

D.  Joan Fontaine

E.  Jane Fonda


1.  D

Billy Crystal will host the Oscars for the ninth time this year.  Crystal has previously hosted the Academy Awards broadcast in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004.

2.  A

Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards broadcast 18 times during his lifetime.  The first time he hosted the show was way back in 1940.  The last time he hosted the broadcast was in 1978.

Bob Hope at the 1940 Oscars

3.  C

George Burns currently holds the distinction of being Oscar's oldest winning actor.  Burns was 80 years old when he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in The Sunshine Boys at the 48th Academy Awards in 1976.  It should be noted that Hal Holbrook was 82 when he became Oscar's oldest male actor nominee in 2007.  The oldest person to win an Oscar remains Jessica Tandy.  Tandy was 80 years and 252 days old when she won the lead actress Oscar for her performance in Driving Miss Daisy.  It is very likely that her record will be broken by Christopher Plummer or Max von Sydow.

To watch a video clip of George Burns accepting his Academy Award from Linda Blair and Ben Johnson, click on the link below.

4.  E

Greer Garson gave the longest acceptance speech in Oscar history while accepting the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver in 1943.  It was after 1 a.m. when she gave the speech and it was one of the last speeches of the evening.  According to Patrick Stockstill, a historian at the Academy of Arts and Motion Pictures, the speech lasted seven minutes.  Garson began her speech with the words, "I'm practically unprepared."

5.  A

Since 2010, acceptance speeches onstage at the Academy Awards have been limited to a pithy 45 seconds.  Winners, however, can make a second speech of unrestricted length backstage and post the video online.


Rather than attend the Academy Awards ceremony, Woody Allen chose to play the clarinet at Michael's Pub in New York City, his usual activity on Monday nights (Note:  The Oscar presentations were then held on Monday nights).  Interestingly, Allen has attended the Oscars on only one occasion.  Following 9/11 terrorist attacks, he presented a tribute to his beloved New York City.

7.  C

Bing Crosby won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor in 1944 for his performance as a priest named Father Chuck O'Malley in Going My Way.  Crosby was nominated for The Bells of St. Mary's in 1945, but lost out to Ray Malland in The Lost Weekend.  He was nominated again in 1954 for The Country Girl, but Marlon Brando won for On the Waterfront.

8.  D

Spencer Tracy won for Best Actor in two consecutive years.  He won for Captain Courageous in 1937 and for Boys Town in 1938.

9.  C

Sally Field won the Best Actress award in 1985 for Norma Rae.  It was her second Best Actress award.  She won in 1980 for Places in the Heart.  To watch a video clip of Sally's 1985 "You like me!" speech, click on the link below.

10.  E

Jane Fonda made that very succinct speech in accepting the Best Actress award for her performance in Klute in 1972.  To watch a video clip of Jane receiving her Academy Award for Klute from Walter Matthau, click on the link below.

- Joanne

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