Sunday, 2 March 2014

Academy Award Quiz

I've had a hectic weekend, so I  think the next Main Quiz will be up on Tuesday.

In the meantime,I have created a 30 Question 'Academy Awards' Quiz, from my quiz question archives,in honour of tonight's Awards.

I hope you enjoy.................

1.The film is an adaptation of a novel by Athol Fugard and the soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist,Zola.Set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, the film tells the story of  a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.Directed by Gavin Hood ,what is the name of the film that won the  Best Foreign Language film  at the 2005 Academy Awards?


2.Which actress born on Christmas Day 1949,has been nominated for six Academy Awards,winning
 the Best Actress Award,in 1980, for her part in 'The Coal Miner's Daughter?

Sissy Spacek

3.Honoured by the Legion d'honneur in 2005,this British actress has become a French National after spending most of her adult life in France.Appearing in English and French films (and an episode of 'Absolutely Fabulous'),she is probably best known for her Academy Award nominated role in 'The English Patient'.Who is she?

Krisitn Scott-Thomas

4.Many people are aware that Peter Finch won the posthumous 'Best Actor' Academy award for his role in the 1976 film 'Network',but who won the Academy for 'Best Actress' ,in the same film?

Faye Dunaway

5.Which pianist,conductor and composer won back to back Academy awards in 1958 and 1959 ,(for Gigi and Porgy and Bess respectively),in the category of 'Best Scoring of a Musical Picture'?

Andre Previn

6.Betty Joan Perske is the real name of which American actress,who won her only Academy acting award in 1997 for the film 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'?

Lauren Bacall

7.Which prolific American actor received 'Best Supporting Actor' Academy award nominations for his roles in the 1986 film 'Platoon' and for the 2000 film 'Shadow of the Vampire'?

Willem Dafoe

8.Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011,'Exit Through The Gift Shop' was described by the director as 'the world's first street art disaster movie'. Who was this English director?


9.Which producer of the Academy Award winning film 'Around the World In Eighty Days',was also famous for being the third husband of Elizabeth Taylor?

Mike Todd

10.Based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler,this 1946 Disney film features both animation and live action.Perhaps best known for its Academy Award winning song 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah',what is the name of this film,set in America,during the late 19th century?

Song of The South

11.A prolific actor for over 30 years,he has had roles in films such as 'Boogie Nights','Seabiscuit' and 'Magnolia'.Who received his only Academy Award nomination for his role as Jerry Lundegaard in the 1996 film Fargo?

William H Macy

12.'Black and White In Colour',is a 1976 war film and black comedy directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.The film depicts French colonists at war with the Germans in West Africa, during World War I.Spoken in French,it is which country's first and (so far),only Academy Award?

Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

13.Roberto Benigni won the Best Actor Academy Award for his  portrayal of a father who must employ his fertile imagination to help his family, during their internment in a Nazi concentration camp.What is the English title of this 1997 film,that won 3 Academy Awards in total?

Life Is Beautiful

14.Only two directors have won back-to-back 'Best Director' Academy Awards.John Ford was the first,but who was the second,claiming the prize for his 1949 and 1950 films?

Joseph L Mankiewicz

15.She first came to prominence in 1925 with her publication of poetry entitled 'Enough Rope.Since then she went on to write further poetic collections as well as writing plays.She also received Academy Award nominations for her 1937 screenplay 'A Star is Born and the 1941 film 'Smash Up,The Story of a Woman'.What is the name of this American writer,poet and satirist who later became 'blacklisted' from Hollywood due her Communist associations?

Dorothy Parker

16.Playing the role of Jeffrey Goines, for which 1995 film,inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film, 'La Jetee',did Brad Pitt earn his first Academy Award nomination?

Twelve Monkeys

17.By winning the categories of Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay,which 1934 romantic comedy film,was the first to win all five major Academy Awards?

It Happened One Night

18.In 1944 he had two nominations in the best original screenplay category.Which legendary American screenwriter, was the first person ever, to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his 1941 work 'The Great McGinty'?

Preston Sturges

19.The last Brazilian film to have won an Academy Award was in 1985,when William Hurt won the award for Best actor. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.Directed by Hector Babenco and based on the 1976 novel by Manuel Puig,what is the English title of this film,set in a Brazilian prison?

Kiss Of The Spider Woman

20.Although one of Hollywood's biggest names,which actor received just one career 'Best actor' Academy award nomination,for his 1966 film,'The Sand Pebbles'?

Steve McQueen

21.Only one 'Best Picture' Academy Award-winning film has included the word 'love' in its title.What is its title?

Shakespeare in Love (made in 1998)

22.Winning the Academy Award for 'Best Picture',it beat off competition from 'Citizen Kane','The Maltese Falcon' and 'Suspicion'.What was the name of the 1941 John Ford film,starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara,that tells the story of the Morgans, a close, hard-working Welsh family at the turn of the twentieth century ?

How Green Was My Valley

23.A prolific Mexican born,American actor,he gained his two Academy Award wins during the 1950s,for his supporting roles in 'Lust for Life' and 'Viva Zapata!'.He also led an interesting and turbulent life where he married the adopted daughter of Cecil Mille,lost his son in a tragic accident in WC Fields' swimming pool and worked under Frank Lloyd-Wright.What is this Hollywood legend's name

Anthony Quinn

24.Although he is noted for his double 'Best Actor' Academy award wins during the 1990s,for which 1988 film,heavily inspired by the 1987 Italian film 'Da grande', did Tom Hanks receive his first Academy award nomination?


25.He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1963 film 'Tom Jones' and later played the role of the magistrate in the 1968 film adaptation of 'Oliver!'.What is the name of this Welsh actor,who also received an Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' in the 1959 film 'Ben-Hur'?

Hugh Griffiths

26.Which actor was nominated for a 'Best Actor' Academy Award in three successive years,for the films 'Becket'(1964) ,'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'(1965) and 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1966)?

Richard Burton

27.Who won Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Director' for the films 'Mrs Miniver'(1942),'Best Years of Our Lives'(1946) and 'Ben-Hur'(1959)?

William Wyler

28.Receiving an Honorary Academy Award in 2004,which American directed films such as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's','Days of Wine and Roses' and the 'Pink Panther' series,starring Peter Sellars?

Blake Edwards

29.Composing the song 'Al Otro Lado del Río' from The Motorcycle Diaries,Jorge Drexler became the first (and so far only) recipient of an Academy Award  from which South American country?


30.The 2002 film 'Frida',depicts the life and career of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.Alfred Molina played the role of husband and artist Diego Rivera,but which Mexican actress played the title role,resulting in her only Academy Award nomination to date?

Salma Hayek