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Thursday, April 22, 2021
Vertical Forest in Taiwan
Monday, April 19, 2021
2021 Oscars Quiz
NUMBER 16 OSCARS QUIZ
A, Flooding in Los Angeles in 1938.
B. The assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981.
C. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.
2. Were the Oscars ever cancelled?
A. Yes, they were cancelled in 1941 due to World War II.
B. They were cancelled in 1942 due to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
C. They were cancelled in 1942 and 943 due to World War II.
D. They wee cancelled from 1942 to 1945 due to World War II.
E. The Academy Awards have never been fully cancelled in their history.
3. Chloé Zhao is nominated for Best Director this year for her work on the film Nomadland. What is so significant about her nomination?
A. She is the first female filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award.
B. She is the first Asian to be nominated for Best Director.
C. She is the first woman of colour to be be nominated for Best Director.
D, She is the first Chinese-born person to be nominated for an Oscar.
E. All of the above.
4. Gary Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice. For which two movies did he win an Oscar?
A. Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952)
B. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
C. The Pride of the Yankess (1942) and Friendly Persuasion (1956)
D. Design For Living (1933) and Meet John Doe (1941)
E. Beau Geste (1939) and Ball of Fire (1941)
5. How long did the first Oscars ceremony last?
A. One hour
B. 15 minutes
C. 30 minutes
D. 90 minutes
E. Two hours
6. How many Oscars did Greta Garbo win for Best Actress?
7. Did songwriter Irving Belin ever win a Oscar for Best Music (Original Song)?
A. Yes, he won for "There's No Business Like Show Business.
B. Yes, he won for "Cheek to Cheek"
C, Yes, he won for "White Christmas"
D. Yes, he won for "God Bless America"
E, No, he never won an Oscar for Best Music (Original Song)
8. Two films received the most Oscar nominations without winning a single Academy Award. Can you names the two film..
A. The Turning Point and The Color Purple
B. Terms of Endearment and The Shawshank Redemption
C. The Notebook and The Devil Wears Prada
D. Urban Cowboy and Pulp Fiction
E. Raging Bull and The Natural
9. Who filed for divorce in 1948, right before winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role?
A. Ingrid Bergman
B. Elizabeth Taylor
C. Barbara Stanwyk
D, Jane Wyman
E. Vivien Leigh
10. Which was the first winner in the Academy Award's Best Animated Film category?
B. Toy Story
D. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
E. Shrek (2001)
All of the above. 2021 marks the fourth time that the Academy Awards ceremony has been delayed, The Oscars were were delayed in due to flooding in Los Angeles in February-March of 1938, one of the largest floods in the history of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverdale Counties of southern California; the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981 in Washington, D.C.
No, the Academy Awards have never been fully cancelled in their history.
Chloé Zhao is the first woman of colour to be be nominated for Best Director for her film Nomadland. Zhao was born in Beijing, China on March 31, 1982. She is known primarily for her work in American independent films.
Gary Cooper won two Best Actor Oscars - for his performances in Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952). He also received the Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements in 1961. Cooper was nominated for Best Actor for his work in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Pride of the Yankees and For Whom the Bell Tolls, but did not win.
The first Oscars ceremony lasted only 15 minutes. It was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and honoured the best films of 1927 and 1928. The ceremony took place on May 16, 1929 in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. 270 people attended the event.
Swedish-American actress Greta Garbo never won an Oscar for Best Actress. She was nominated four times - for Romance (1930), Anna Christie (1930), Camille (1936), and Ninotcka (1939). In 1955, however, she was awarded an honorary Oscar for "her luminous and unforgettable screen performances." The reclusive Garbo was not present at the ceremony and actress Nancy Kelly accepted the award for her.
Yes, Irving Berlin won an Academy Award for "White Christmas." The great composer died on September 22, 1989 at the age of 101.
The Turning Point (1977), starring Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft and The Color Purple (1985), staring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey, received 11 Academy Award nominations. Both films were nominated for Best Picture and both failed to win a single Oscar.
Jane Wyman was Ronald Reagan's first wife. They met while filming the movie Brother Rat (1938) and married on January 26, 1940. Wyman filed for divorce from the future U.S. President in 1948. The divorce became final on July 18, 1949, soon after Jane won the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as a deaf mute rape victim in the film Johnny Belinda. She also garnered an Academy Award nomination for The Yearling (1946).
Wyman, who died on September 10, 2007 at the age of 90, went on to star as villainous matriarch Angela Channing in the primetime soap Falcon Crest (1981-1990).
Shrek (2001) was the first winner in the Best Animated Feature Film category. The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature wasn't established until 2002 for films made in 2001. Shek, about a green ogre, was the first winner of the award. Toy Story 3 won for the year 2010 and Toy Story 4 won for the year 2019. Frozen received the Oscar for the year 2013. The Disney film Snow White was released in 1937.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Some riddles and wordplay for a spring day
Feeling stressed and overburdened? It's April and we are still in the midst of a nightmarish pandemic. If you need some relief to get your mind off COVID for a while, Number 16 presents some jokes, riddles and quips for you to enjoy. You deserve a break and a smile.
What did the bird say after purchasing some lipstick?
Answer: Put it on my bill.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. He had a great summer too.
A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or or hat didn't get a single hair on his head wet. Why?
Answer: He was bald.
You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn't a single person on board. How is that possible?
Answer: All the people on the boat are married.
The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?
"It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish poet and playwright
From The Picture of Dorian Gray, published 1890
What's the best thing about Switzerland?
Answer: I don't know, but the flag is a big plus.
Did you hear about the mathematician who's afraid of negative number?
He'll stop at nothing to avoid them.
Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. "I asked him, "What's the word on the street?"
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?
He was just going through a stage.
- Compiled by Joanne
Monday, April 12, 2021
Children of Dieppe: My novel is available to Toronto Public Library patrons
To Readers of Number 16
I have some new to share with you. My novel, Children of Dieppe, is now available in ebook form to Toronto Public Library patrons. It is part of Indie Ontario, a collection of books from local authors, exclusively on the BiblioBoard Library mobile and web platform. If you are a Toronto Public Library patron and you would like to support a local indie author, please click the link below.
If you are not a Toronto Public Library and do not live in the area, Children of Dieppe is available as an ebook on Smashwords. The link is below.
Thank you for your continued support of Number 16. It is very much appreciated.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Thoughts on a Second COVID Easter
Hal Borland's words about spring and winter are particularly relevant during these difficult days of a terrible pandemic. Easter, Christianity's greatest feast, is upon us once more. For the second year in a row, we are in the grip of a devastating pandemic. COVID-19 has been the source of untold suffering, pain and despair. It seems to be lasting so much longer than expected, and it has definitely taken its toll. There are days when many of us, including myself, feel tired and defeated, ready to give in to gloom and despondency. We can never let that happen, no matter how difficult the situation. If we lose hope, we lose everything.