80th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Quiz

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Question: Seven men have won three or more Academy Awards in a single year. But there is only one woman who has won three competitive awards in a single year. Who is she?

Answer: Fran Walsh won three Oscars for her work on "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003): Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song.

Bonus points question: Name the two other women who have taken home more than one competitive award in a single year.

Answer: Edith Head was the first at the 1950 (23rd) Awards, winning in both the color and black-and-white costume design categories for "Samson and Delilah" and "All about Eve," respectively; and Catherine Martin at the 2001 (74th) Awards won in both the art direction and costume design categories for her work on "Moulin Rouge."

Question: Name the eight foreign-language films that have been nominated in the Best Picture category.

Answer: "Grand Illusion" (1938), "Z" (1969), "The Emigrants" (1972), "Cries and Whispers" (1973), "The Postman (Il Postino)" (1995), "Life Is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006).

Question: Name the only song from a documentary film to win in the Original Song category.

Answer: "I Need to Wake Up" (music and lyric by Melissa Etheridge) from "An Inconvenient Truth," in 2006. The film also won in the Feature Documentary category.

Bonus points question: Name the only other song from a documentary to be nominated:

Answer: "More" from "Mondo Cane" (1963).

Question: Which four performers have won Academy Awards for performances spoken in languages other than English?

Answer: Sophia Loren (1961, Actress in "Two Women"); Robert De Niro (1974, Supporting Actor in "The Godfather Part II"); Roberto Benigni (1998, Actor in "Life Is Beautiful"); Benicio Del Toro (2000, Supporting Actor in "Traffic").

In addition, Marlee Matlin won the 1986 Leading Actress award for her performance in "Children of a Lesser God" in American Sign Language.

Question: Which performer has the longest interval between acting nominations?

Answer: Henry Fonda, 41 years between nominations for "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "On Golden Pond" (1981).

Question: Name the family with the most Oscar nominations.

Answer: Six members of the extended Newman family (brothers Alfred, Lionel and Emil; 2nd generation Thomas, David and Randy) have racked up a total of 81 nominations (and 11 wins) in the music categories.

Question: Name the youngest performer to accumulate 5 acting nominations.

Answer: In 2006, Kate Winslet, at 31, became the youngest performer to have received 5 nominations. The previous record holder was Olivia de Havilland, who was 33 when she received her fifth nomination for "The Heiress" (1949).

Question: Who is the youngest Best Actress nominee to date?

Answer: Keisha Castle-Hughes, at 13, for "Whale Rider" in 2003.

Question: Who is the youngest male to win a Best Actor Oscar?

Answer: Adrien Brody, at 29 years and 343 days, became the youngest male tto win for Best Actor, in 2002 for "The Pianist." Richard Dreyfuss, who held the title for 25 years, was 30 years and 156 days when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl" in 1977.

Question: Who is the only American woman to be nominated in the Directing category?

Answer: Sofia Coppola in 2003 for "Lost in Translation." Other women nominated in the Directing category are Lina Wertmuller (Italy) in 1976, for "Seven Beauties," and Jane Campion (Australia) in 1993, for "The Piano."

Question: Name the two most-nominated films and how many nominations they received.

Answer: "All about Eve" (1950) and "Titanic" (1997), 14 nominations. Eight other motion pictures have received 13 nominations.

Question: Who has received the most acting nominations?

Answer: Meryl Streep, with 14. Katharine Hepburn had 12 nominations, all for performances in leading roles, while Streep's include recognition for eleven leading roles and three supporting ones.

Question: Who is the most-nominated male performer?

Answer: His 12th nomination in 2002 for his leading performance in "About Schmidt" allowed Jack Nicholson to extend his lead. Laurence Olivier received ten nominations for acting (Olivier was also nominated in the Directing category and received two Honorary Oscars). Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman have each received nine acting nominations.

Question: Name the two families that boast three generations of Oscar-winning talent.

Answer: With Sofia Coppola's win in 2003 for her original screenplay for "Lost in Translation," the Coppolas became the second family to have three generations of Oscar winners, with Carmine, Francis Ford and Sofia having won. The first were the Hustons: Walter, John and Anjelica.

Question: One character in movie history was played by two different actors in two different films, with each performance earning an Academy Award. Name the performers and the role they shared.

Answer: Marlon Brando won a Best Actor Oscar in 1972 for his performance as Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," and in 1974, Robert De Niro won a Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Vito Corleone in "The Godfather Part II."

Question: Who was the first black performer to win an Academy Award?

Answer: Hattie McDaniel, for her supporting performance in 1939's "Gone with the Wind."

Question: Name the only two pairs of performers nominated for playing the same character in the same film.

Answer: Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Gloria Stuart as Old Rose in "Titanic" (1997) and Kate Winslet as Young Iris Murdoch and Judi Dench as Iris Murdoch in "Iris" (2001).

Question: Name the only director in Oscar history to direct both his father and his daughter in Academy Award-winning performances.

Answer: Walter Huston was Best Supporting Actor of 1948 for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," directed by his son John Huston. Thirty-seven years later John Huston directed "Prizzi's Honor," for which his daughter Anjelica was named Best Supporting Actress.

Question: Name the only two people to direct themselves to an Oscar-winning performance.

Answer: Laurence Olivier, who was named Best Actor in 1948 for "Hamlet," also directed the film. Roberto Benigni directed "Life Is Beautiful," for which he was named Best Actor in 1998.

Question: Of the many pictures that have won in every category in which they were nominated, which picture received the most awards?

Answer: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) with 11 awards for 11 nominations. Two films, "Gigi" (1958) and "The Last mperor" (1987), won 9 awards for 9 nominations.

NOTE: Facts confirmed as of the 79th Academy Awards.


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