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1. Which of the following did not win Best Picture during the decade?
The Departed
There Will Be Blood
A Beautiful Mind
2. Which of the following did not win Best Actress in a Leading Role during the decade?
Hilary Swank
Marion Cotillard
Kate Winslet
Gwyneth Paltrow
3. Which of the following did not win Best Director during the decade?
Steven Spielberg
Ang Lee
Roman Polanski
Danny Boyle
4. Considerable booing could be heard during the acceptance speech of which Oscar winner?
Jennifer Hudson
Michael Moore
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Clint Eastwood
5. Pixar cemented it reputation as a critical and popular darling during the 2000s. The studio claimed 4 of the 8 Animated Feature Oscars awarded. Which pair of Pixar films were nominated but did not win?
Finding Nemo and The Incredibles
The Incredibles and Cars
Cars and Monsters, Inc
Ratatouille and WALL-E
6. The only woman to win 3 competitive awards in one night was:
Sofia Coppola (Lost In translation)
Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain)
Phillipa Boyens (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Fran Walsh (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
7. This Best Director winner was the only American director nominated the year he won. He was:
Ron Howard
Steven Soderbergh
Clint Eastwood
Martin Scorsese
8. We came close to living in a world where "the Oscar-winning Norbit" was a cromulent phrase. In which category was the reviled Eddie Murphy vehicle nominated?
Visual Effects
Sound mixing
9. Soon after winning his/her Oscar, who retracted comments made a year earlier espousing conspiracy theories regarding 9/11?
Cate Blanchett
Daniel Day-Lewis
Marion Cotillard
Forest Whitaker
10. This person is the host of the highest rated telecast from 2001 - 2009.
Steve Martin
Billy Crystal
Jon Stewart
Ellen Degeneres
11. Sean Penn was nominated for 3 acting Oscars in this decade. And so was this gentleman:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Will Smith
Johnny Depp
Tom Hanks
12. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won both Best Score and Best Original Song Oscars. Which other film during the decade achieved the same feat?
Slumdog Millionaire
Gangs of New York
13. These 2 films received 3 nominations a piece for Best Original Song but came away empty-handed in the category. They are:
Cold Mountain and Hustle and Flow
Chicago and Cold Mountain
WALL-E and Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls and Enchanted
14. Crash was perhaps the most controversial Best Picture winner of the decade. Which of the following was not one of the films that was a runner-up to Crash?
Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck
Gangs of New York
15. 52 Oscars, having previously stolen, were discovered by one Willie Fullgear in a Los Angeles dumpster. In what year were the statuettes stolen?
This did not occur during this decade
16. Which actor won an Oscar for Lead Actor twice in the decade?
Sean Penn
Daniel Day-Lewis
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Denzel Washington
17. Taking home the Oscar for The Pianist, Adrien Brody was the decade's youngest Lead Actor winner. The youngest Lead Actress winner, then, was:
Marion Cotillard
Reese Witherspoon
Hilary Swank
Charlize Theron
18. The film Iris brought acting nominations for two actresses both playing Iris Murdoch. Kate Winslet received a Supporting Actress nomination for playing young Iris. Who was nominated for Lead Actress for playing the older Iris?
Helen Mirren
Maggie Smith
Judi Dench
Joan Plowright
19. Which of the following did not win an Oscar for portraying a real-life person?
Charlize Theron
Halle Berry
Nicole Kidman
Helen Mirren
20. A Foreign Language Film winner came from this African nation during the decade:
South Africa
21. While most Oscar contenders are released in the last quarter of the calendar year, the 2000s saw two eventual Best Picture winners released in the US during the month of May. Crash was one of them. What was the other?
Million Dollar Baby
The Departed
22. A Lead Actress Oscar winner portrayed a woman named after which month?
23. The inaugural Animated Feature Oscar was awarded to which film?
Ice Age
Spirited Away
Finding Nemo
24. During the decade, did Clint Eastwood pull off the rare feet of receiving acting and directing nominations for the same film?
Yes, for Grand Torino only
Yes, for Million Dollar Baby only
Yes, for both Grand Torino and Million Dollar Baby
25. All of the films below received a bevy of Oscar nominations but none were nominated for Best Picture. This particular non-Best Picture nominee received more nominations than any other film released during its Oscar year/season:
The Dark Knight
Cold Mountain
26. During this decade both Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese were nominated for Best Director three times apiece. And so was this gentleman:
Steven Soderbergh
Peter Jackson
Steven Daldry
Ang Lee
27. Perennial Oscar bridesmaids. Julianne Moore and Laura Linney have both been nominated for Oscars numerous times during the 2000s. If you were to add up their nominations for films released in this decade, what number would you get?
28. Number of acting nominations that went to once and future rappers in the 2000s. For giggles we'll include Joaquin Phoenix:
29. The only cinematographer in this decade who was nominated for 2 awards in one evening:
Dion Beebe
Roger Deakins
Caleb Deschanel
Emmanuel Lubezki
30. Julia Roberts. Ellen Page. Cate Blanchett. What do all of these Best Actress nominees have in common?
Beat out Meryl Streep.
Nominated for films in which they played a real person.
Nominated for films in which they were the title character.
Beat out Kate Winslet.

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