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1. Playing a real royal seems to be a one-way ticket to the Oscar podium. Which of these people did NOT win an Academy Award for portraying a famous member of the British royal family?
Colin Firth
Judi Dench
Helen Mirren
Kate Winslet
By way of explanation.....
Firth won as King George VI (The King's Speech), Dench won as Queen Elizabeth (Shakespeare in Love) and Mirren won as Elizabeth II (The Queen). Winslet's Oscar was for her role as a Nazi war criminal.
2. Speaking of Dench, she preceded her eight-minute Shakespeare in Love role as another royal, Queen Victoria. What is the name of this film, which followed the widowed queen’s relationship with a Scotsman played by Billy Connelly?
Mrs. Brown
The Queen and I
Victoria and John
Unknown Monarch
3. The British monarch named Longshanks oppressively rules over the people of Scotland in what film?
Rob Roy
The Last King of Scotland
4. Helen Mirren’s universally-acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen centers on the monarch’s reaction in the aftermath to what event?
Princess Diana’s death
The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center
Charles’s wedding to Camilla
The formation of the EU
5. Of course you know that Colin Firth played King George VI in The King’s Speech but which lovely Brit played his wife Queen Elizabeth, the mother of the current queen of England?
Julia Ormond
Kristin Scott Thomas
Juliette Binoche
Helena Bonham Carter
6. If you like your monarchs a bit on the crazy side, then you should definitely watch Nigel Hawthrone as King George III (circa the American Revolutionary War) in The ________ of King George.
7. Peter O’Toole’s King Henry II is at a royal heir crossroads. He must decide which of his three sons will ascend to the throne in what 1968 film?
The Lion in Winter
A Man of All Seasons
Once and Future King
All the King’s Men
8. Cate Blanchett returned to the royal well twice playing Queen Elizabeth I, the first time in 1998’s Elizabeth and the second time in 2007’s Elizabeth: ______.
The Golden Age
Times of Peace and War
The Resilient Queen
9. More royal sequels and their subtitles: Anne Hathaway took two turns as Princess Mia for Disney. Complete the subtitle: 'The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal _____.'
10. Long before Ms. Hathaway became an American taking over a European throne, _____ starred as a Vegas lounge singer and very distant heir to the British throne in 1991’s King Ralph.
John Candy
John Goodman
Martin Short
Jim Belushi
11. Shakespeare's doomed prince of Denmark is an actor’s dream role. Which of these actors received an Oscar for their portrayal of Hamlet?

HINT: The fellow also directed his own Oscar-winning performance.
Mel Gibson
Kenneth Branagh
Peter O’Toole
Laurence Olivier
12. King Richard the Lionheart pops up at the end of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for a cameo in the form of what respected (and actually knighted) actor?
John Gielgud
Sean Connery
Alec Guinness
Richard Harris
13. Sir Sean Connery got even more regal in 1995’s First Knight as the legendary King Arthur. Richard Gere played Sir Lancelot in this medieval love triangle, but who played Guinevere?
Julia Ormond
Kristin Scott Thomas
Juliette Binoche
Helena Bonham Carter
14. Less than 10 years later, another retelling of King Arthur amped up the action with Keira Knightley as skilled archer Guinevere. Who played her King Arthur?
Liam Nesson
Clive Owen
Daniel Craig
Michael Sheen
15. Henry VIII, he is...he is. Following in the footsteps of Richard Burton and Robert Shaw, this fellow played Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Mark Ruffalo
Edward Norton
Eric Bana
Hugh Jackman
16. Heading to Siam, Anna and the King explores the relationship between Anna, a schoolteacher hired for the royal children, and the king himself. Jodie Foster played Anna but who played the King of Siam?
Jet Li
Ken Watanabe
Jackie Chan
Chow Yun-Fat
17. You can’t talk about movie princes and princesses without some reference to Disney’s canon of royal maidens. Which of these characters dubbed a “Disney Princess” was not actually born into a royal family in their Disney film?
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
18. Which of these young ladies charmed the future king of Denmark as a college student in the romcom The Prince and Me?
Kirsten Dunst
Mandy Moore
Rachel Leigh Cook
Julia Stiles
19. As the title character in Marie Antoinette, Kirsten Dunst donned powdered wigs and corsets under the direction of which female director for the film?
Sofia Coppola
Kathryn Bigelow
Nora Ephron
Jane Campion
20. Let’s finish up with not a cinematic royal but a cinematic star who became a REAL royal - Princess Grace of Monaco. Grace Kelly was Alfred Hitchcock’s muse for three films. Which of these did NOT star this future princess of Monaco?
To Catch a Thief
Rear Window
Dial M for Murder

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