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1. The first Best Picture Oscar (actually, Best Picture, Production) was awarded in 1929 to the film:
Ben Hur
Grand Hotel
Mutiny on the Bounty
2. A body known as "The Academy" awards the Oscars. What is the correct full name of The Academy?
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy of Motion Picture and Cinematic Arts
Academy of Movie and Motion Picture Production
Academy of Film Production and Sciences
3. This Disney film remains the only animated film to be nominated for Best Picture:
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
4. Which of the following has never won the Oscar for Directing?
Clint Eastwood
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Spielberg
Ridley Scott
5. Which of the following films of the 2000s did not win an Oscar for Documentary Feature?
Bowling for Columbine
The Fog of War
The March of the Penguins
6. A periodic award is given to "creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." Past winners include Eastwood, Beatty, Bergman and Hitchcock. This award is named for:
Irving G. Thalberg
David O. Selznick
Darryl F. Zanuck
Billy Wilder
7. In 1976, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won all of the "big five" Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay). More recently, which of the following accomplished the same feat?
American Beauty
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
The Silence of the Lambs
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar without receiving any acting nominations. Which of the following films shares this distinction?
A Beautiful Mind
Lawrence of Arabia
The Sting
9. We all know that Meryl Streep has the most acting nominations in Oscar history (with 14), but which legendary thespians are tied for second?
Bette Davis and Robert De Niro
Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson
Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy
Ingrid Bergman and Marlon Brando
10. This year, the Academy nominated Alan Arkin for Supporting Actor. It's his first nomination in 38 years. Who holds the record for longest time between acting nominations, at 41 years?
Henry Fonda
Jessica Tandy
Judi Dench
Peter O'Toole
11. A terrific Oscar myth concerns Marisa Tomei's 1993 Best Supporting Actress win for My Cousin Vinny. According to the myth, Tomei was not supposed to be the winner, but the presenter, supposedly drunk, incorrectly read out her name when he opened the envelope. Who was the presenter?
Chevy Chase
Warren Beatty
Jack Palance
Alan Alda
12. Which of these blockbuster productions did not win the Visual Effects Oscar?
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
13. Which of the following Best Actress winners was not born in the US?
Jessica Lange
Jodie Foster
Charlize Theron
14. Tatum O'Neal is the youngest winner of an acting Oscar, at age 10. The oldest to win an acting Oscar is also a female. Who won, at age 80?
Jessica Tandy
Louise Fletcher
Katharine Hepburn
Glenda Jackson
15. The Director's Guild award is a very reliable, though not infallible, bellwether for predicting the Best Director Oscar. Which of the following won the DGA, but not the Oscar for the same film?
Peter Jackson
James Cameron
Rob Marshall
Anthony Minghella
16. Who dominated the hosting role through most of the '60s, appearing as host from 1960-63 and 65-68?
Frank Sinatra
Jerry Lewis
Sammy Davis Jr
Bob Hope
17. Which film won the first Oscar for Animated Feature?
Toy Story
Spirited Away
Monsters, Inc.
18. The first family to have three generations of Oscar winners are:
The Coppolas
The Barrymores
The Hustons
The Baldwins
19. The source of the name Oscar:
Came from the name of the first man to win Best Director
Is derived from the truck driver who first delivered the statuettes to the ceremony
Was the cat of the Academy's first director
Is not definitively known
20. Marlon Brando famously refused his Best Actor Oscar awarded for his work in The Godfather, becoming the second actor to turn down the honor. Who was the first?
Jack Nicholson
Art Carney
George C. Scott
John Wayne
21. 1977's The Turning Point was nominated for 11 Oscars, but won none. What other film also went 0-for-11?
Out of Africa
The Color Purple
The Deer Hunter
22. From earliest to latest, what is the correct order of the year in which the following first appeared as host of the Oscars?
Whoopi Goldberg-Billy Crystal-Steve Martin-David Letterman
23. Which of the following James Bond movies was nominated for a Best Song Oscar?
A View to a Kill
Live and Let Die
Diamonds are Forever
24. Through calendar year 2006, Kate Winslet has appeared in 19 films. What percentage of her roles have brought her an oscar nomination?
25. Three of these husband/wife pairings have each won Oscars. Which is the odd pair out?
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

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