Saturday, February 9, 2019

Oscars (Academy Awards) Quiz 2019

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February, 24, 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  In preparation for the big night, why not challenge yourself and try Number 16's ninth annual Oscars quiz.  There are 10 questions.  Good luck!


1 Bette Davis won two Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Name the movies which earned her two Oscars.

From Dark Victory

A.  She won for her performances in  Dangerous in 1936 and Jezebel in 1939.

B.  She won for Dark Victory in 1940 and for Now, Voyager in 1943.

C.  She won for The Letter in 1941 and for The Star in 1953.

D.  She won for The Little Foxes in 1942 and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1963.

E.  She won for Mr.Skeffington in 1945 and All About Eve in 1951.

2.  Which famous filmmaker purchased Bette Davis' Oscar statuettes at auctions?

A.  Martin Scorsese

B.  Woody Allen

C.  Francis Ford Coppola

D.  James Cameron

E.  Steven Spielberg

3.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) received nine Oscar nominations.  How many Academy Awards did it win?

A.  None

B.  Six

C.  Five

D.  Four

E.  Nine

4.  No foreign language film has ever received an Academy Award for Best Picture, although eight foreign language films have been nominated for the award.  This year, Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix's drama about a young housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, has been nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film.  Roma tied another film for the highest number of Oscar nominations for foreign language film.  What is the name of the other foreign language film that has received ten Academy Award nominations?

A.  Life is Beautiful (Italy) - won Best Foreign Language Film in 1998

B.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan) - won best Foreign Language Film in 2000

C.  A Man and a Woman (France) - won best Foreign Language Film in 1966

D.  War and Peace (Soviet Union) i- won best Foreign Language Film in 1968

E.  Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italy) - won best Foreign Language film in 1970

5.  Which country has won the Best Foreign Language film the most times.?

A.  France

B.  Spain

C.  Japan

D.  Italy

E.  Sweden

6.  Mary Poppins Returns (2018), starring Emily Blunt as the no-nonsense English nanny, has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song ("The Place Where Lost Things Go"), Best Production Design.  How many Oscar nominations did the original 1964 film starring Julie Andrews earn?

A.  12

B.  11

C.  13

D.  10

E.  Eight

7.  Only one male performer has won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role three times.  Who is he?

A.  Daniel Day-Lewis

B.  Jack Nicholson

C.  Al Pacino

D.  Gregory Peck

E.  Woody Allen

8.  Which male performer has more Oscar nominations than any other.

A.  Marlon Brando

B.  Jack Nicholson

C.  Robert Redford

D.  Carey Grant

E.  Spencer Tracy

9.  Oscar nominations for female directors have been few and far between. As we approach the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, how many women have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar during the course of nine decades.

A.  One

B.  Six

C.  Four

D.  Three

E.  Five

10.  During her illustrious career, Meryl Streep has received 21 Academy Award nominations, more than any other actor.  For which movie did she earn her first Oscar nomination?

Meryl Streep

A.  Kramer vs. Kramer

B.  The French Lieutenant's Woman

C.  Silkwood

D.  The Deer Hunter

E.  Sophie's Choice


1.  A

Bette Davis received Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performances in Dangerous and Jezebel.  She was nominated for Dark Victory, Now, Voyager, The Letter, The Star, The Little Foxes, Mr. Skeffington and All About Eve, but did not win.  She also received a write-in nomination in 1935 for her role in  Of Human Bondage.

2.  E.

Spielberg in 2012  Photo Attribution: Romain DUBOIS
In 2001, Steven Spielberg anonymously purchased Bette Davis' Oscar for Jezebel at a Christie's auction in New York.  In 2002, he anonymously purchased Davis' Oscar for Dangerous at a Sotheby's auction in New York,  Spielberg donated both statuettes to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

3.  C

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won five Oscars at the 1976 Academy Award:

Best Picture (Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz, producers)

Best Director (Milos Forman)

Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)

Best Actress (Louise Fletcher)

Best Adapted Screenplay (Laurence Hauben, Bo Goldman)

4.  B

Crouching Tigar, Hidden Dragon received ten Academy Award nominations.  It won a total of four Oscars.

5.  D

Italy has won the most Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards.  It has won 14 times, including two special awards for Shoe-Shine (1946) and an Honorary Award shared with France for The Walls of Malapaga (1949).  France has won 12, including a Special Award for Monsieur Vincent (1947) and two honorary awards for Forbidden Games (1952) and The Walls of Malapaga (1949).  Japan has won four wins and three of them are Honorary Awards.  Spain also has four wins.  Sweden and Denmark have three.each.

6.  C

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins

The original Mary Poppins, received 13 Oscar nominations and went on to win five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards Ceremony: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie Andrews), Best Music, Original Score, Best Music, Original Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects.

7.  A

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis is the only male performer who has won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role three times.  Day-Lewis received his first Best Actor in Leading Role Oscar in 1990 for his performance in the film My Left Foot.  He won again in 2008 for his role in There Will Be Blood and in 2013 for Lincoln.

8.  B

Jack Niccholson

Jack Nicholson has garnered more Oscar nominations than any other male performer in the history of the Academy Awards, He has received 12 nominations.   His most recent nomination was for About Schmidt in 2003.  Nicholson  has won three times.  In 1976, he received an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  In 1984, he took home an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Terms of Endearment.  In 1998, he won for Best Actor in a Leading Role for As Good as it Gets.

9.  E

Kathryn Bigelow at the 2010 Oscars

Only five women have received Oscar nominations in the category of Best Director.  They are Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion  for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2003 and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird in 2018.  Of the five female nominees, only one has won the Academy Award - Katheryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.

10.  D

In 1979, Meryl Streep received the first of her 21 Oscar nominations when she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Deer Hunter. The following year, in 1980, she won the first of her three Academy Awards, for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer (Best Actress in a Supporting Role).  In 1983, Streep won her second Oscar for Sophie's Choice (Best Actress in a Leading Role).  In 2012, she won her third Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (Best Actress in a Leading Role).  Note: Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn have earned the second most Oscar nominations with 12 each.

- Joanne