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1. Stop this quiz right now - seriously, close your browser, turn off your computer and go outside - if you don't know that this instrument is at the heart of Whiplash:
2. We'll get to the more difficult questions in a minute, but first, this: Steve Carell's Lead Actor nomination means he has come a long way from this sitcom, on which he first made a name for himself:
The Office
30 Rock
Third Rock from the Sun
3. Now, please identify the correct spelling of the name of the man who directed The Imitation Game:
Morten Tyldum
Morton Tyldym
Morten Tildum
Morton Tyldem
4. With its subtitle included, this film has the longest official title of the Best Picture nominees:
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. So, yeah, the full title of Birdman is Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of....what now?
6. If you put down a bet that the Best Picture Oscar winner would have also won a Golden Globe best picture award, you'd better hope that this film wins:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
7. This year's DGA winner is the guy who was behind the camera for this Best Picture nominee:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
8. Among this year's Best Actor nominees, each of the following portrayed on film a real-life person, except for:
Bradley Cooper
Michael Keaton
Eddie Redmayne
Benedict Cumberbatch
9. Now, for the ladies. Which of the following nominees portrays a fictitious woman?
Reese Witherspoon
Emma Stone
Keira Knightley
Felicity Jones
10. You know which of the following countries is home to a Best Foreign Language Film, right?
Sure, it's China
Of course, it's Mexico
Duh. The correct answer is Russia
Don't tell anyone, but it's Romania
11. The American government's little buddy, Edward Snowden, figures prominently in a film that's a nominee for:
Documentary Short
Documentary Feature
Animated Short
Animated Feature
12. Which of the following Animated Shorts ran in front of Animated Feature nominee Big Hero Six during its theatrical run?
The Bigger Picture
A Single Life
The Dam Keeper
13. This actress got an Oscar nom for playing the female on whom Amazing Amy was based:
Julianne Moore
Rosamund Pike
Patricia Arquette
Reese Witherspooon
14. Meanwhile, she was nominated for playing The Witch:
Laura Dern
Keira Knightley
Meryl Streep
Marion Cotillard
15. Of these films, which is the only one without multiple acting nominations?
The Theory of Everything
16. Listed below are films nominated for their screenplay. Three are up for Adapted Screenplay. Which is contending for Original?
The Imitation Game
American Sniper
17. An annotation at the end of the Oscar nominated film notes it is based on the writings of Stefan Zweig:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
18. Among the studios who produced a nominee for Animated Feature are each of the following, except for:
19. Meanwhile, much has been made of The Lego Movie not getting a nomination for Animated Feature, meaning that the film's sole nomination came in this category:
Film Editing
Original Song
Visual Effects
20. This film is nominated for both Picture and Original Song:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Sniper
21. In the Original Score thunderdome, this man will be competing against himself, as he got nods for two separate films:
Hans Zimmer
Johann Johannsson
A. R. Rahman
Alexandre Desplat
22. Boyhood is the most widely acclaimed film of Richard Linklater's career, though he has been previously nominated for Oscar in this category:
Adapted Screenplay
Original Screenplay
Supporting Actor
23. The list of hopefuls for Animated Short includes Me and My Moulton. So, what is a Moulton, anyway?
It's a kind of dog
It's a bicycle
It's a painting
It's a toy train set
24. Bradley Cooper secured his third straight acting nomination, which is sort of impressive. Can you identify the actor below who was the last to score nominations in three straight years?
Jack Nicholson
Tom Hanks
Dustin Hoffman
Russell Crowe
25. Finally: Boyhood seeks to win Best Picture after having premiered all the way back at Sundance. This would be the first time that the Best Picture winner debuted at Sundance, right? Right?!?
Nope, Slumdog Millionare did
Wrong, Million Dollar Baby did
Incorrectamundo, Chicago did

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