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1. Three of these are nominated for Best Picture this year. Pick the one that isn't:

2. So, which of these titles is correct for the Best Picture nominated film, anyway?
Extremely Close & Incredibly Loud
Incredibly Close & Extremely Loud
Incredibly Loud & Extremely Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
3. The number of Best Picture nominations this year numbers ______________ last year's batch:
The same as
One fewer than
Two fewer than
One greater than
4. Four Best Picture nominees failed to get any acting nominations. Which of the following is the only one to have an actor/actress nominated?
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
War Horse
5. This year's nomination king is _______, which is up for 11 awards:
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
6. Say, Paris is a keen city. It appears in the title of Woody Allen's Best Picture nominee, Midnight in Paris, and also in the title of a work up for:
Animated Feature
Animated Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
7. To the shock of possibly dozens, the Academy did not nominate Cars 2 for Animated Feature. Which is a good sign that it's not going to win. What was the last Pixar film that did not win the category?
The Incredibles
Fittingly enough, Cars
8. We'd ask if you remember the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, but we'd suspect you'd be lying if you said yes. Anyway, this film was nominated in both categories:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
9. Among this year's actors and actresses who have been nominated previously, who among the names below has gone the longest since his/her last acting nod?
Janet McTeer
Glenn Close
Kenneth Branagh
Nick Nolte
By way of explanation.....
McTeer was nominated in 2000, Nolte was nominated in 1999, Branagh in 1990, Close in 1989. Branagh received two non-acting-related nods in 1993 and 1997
10. According to the title of one of the nominated Documentary Shorts, God is the Bigger:
11. If you're familiar with the Foreign Language films up for an Oscar, then you'll know that they represent each of the following nations, except for:
12. This baseball team is at the center of Moneyball:
The Toronto Blue Jays
The Oakland A's
The New York Yankees
The Philadelphia Phillies
13. A Saturday Night Live alum is up for an Oscar this year in the following category:
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Adapted Screenplay
Original Screenplay
By way of explanation.....
Kristen Wiig shares the screenplay nomination for Bridesmaids
14. Which of the following is not true about fellow Supporting Actor nominees Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow?
Both are octogenarians
They have each been nominated only once before
Both were previously nominated for playing real-life individuals
Both have played members of the clergy in moves about demonic possession
By way of explanation.....
Plummer was nominated for playing Leo Tolstoy, while Von Sydow's came for the fictional film Pelle the Conqueror
15. Hey, keep an eye on young up and comer Brad may hear more about him in the future. Brad received an acting nomination for Moneyball, and also appeared in which other Best Picture nominee?
Tree of Life
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris
16. Out of the Best Picture nominees listed below, which is the only one that runs longer than two hours?
Midnight in Paris
The Descendants
The Artist
By way of explanation.....
Paris is 94 mins, Descendants 115 mins, Artist 101 mins and Moneyball 133 mins
17. If you've just taken in the story of the West Memphis Three, then you've viewed a nominee in which category?
Animated Feature
Documentary Feature
Foreign Language Film
By way of explanation.....
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory deals with imprisonment and eventual release of the West Memphis 3
18. Which acting category has the most first-time nominees?
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
By way of explanation.....
Of the five women, only Janet McTeer was nominated previously, for Tumbleweeds
19. It was double the excitement in one household on the morning Oscar nominations were announced. Spouses involved in the making of this movie were both nominated for Academy Awards:
The Desendants
The Artist
War Horse
By way of explanation.....
Michel Hazanavicius (Directing / Original Screenplay / Editing) and Berenice Bejo (Supporting Actress)
20. Which of the following films garnered a single nomination in the acting categories?
My Week with Marilyn
Albert Nobbs
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
21. Getting a nomination for both directing and screenwriting in the same year is the bees knees. That applies to each of the following, except:
Michel Hazanavicius
Alexander Payne
Woody Allen
Terrence Malick
22. Animals figure prominently into the nominees for Animated Feature. You have cats, a panda, and.....whatever Rango is. Oh yeah, he's some kind of:
Tropical bird
23. Which of the following is not true about this year's batch of Best Picture nominees?
There is only one R-rated film among them
Stephen Daldry is now 3 for 4 in his career directing a Best Picture nominee
Half the nominees didn't open (either limited or wide) until December
Only one has grossed over $100 million to date
By way of explanation.....
Only Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and War Horse opened in December
24. 2011 was a breakout year for Jessica Chastain. In addition to her Oscar nominated performance in The Help, she also appeared in which other Best Picture nominee?
Tree of Life
The Descendants
The Artist
25. The two films who will duke it out in Best Original Song Thunderdome are:
Hugo and The Descendants
The Muppets and Rio
Kung Fu Panda 2 and War Horse
The Artist and Drive

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