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1. Name the two motion picture trilogies that have received a Best Picture nomination for each installment.

Answer: “The Godfather” trilogy in 1972, 1974 and 1990 and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

2. Who is the youngest Best Actress nominee to date?

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

3. Who is the youngest male to win a Best Actor Oscar?

Answer: Adrien Brody at 29 years and 343 days became the youngest male to 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 role in “The Goodbye Girl” in 1977.

4. 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 Wertmüller in 1976, for “Seven Beauties,” and Jane Campion in 1993, for “The Piano.”

5. 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.

6. Who has received the most acting nominations?

Answer: Meryl Streep, with 13. At the 75th Academy Awards, her nomination for Supporting Actress in “Adaptation” broke a tie with Katharine Hepburn. All of Hepburn’s nominations were for leading roles, while Streep’s include recognition for ten leading roles and three supporting ones.

7. Who is the most nominated male performer?

Answer: His twelfth nomination in 2002 for his leading performance in “About Schmidt” kept Jack Nicholson in the lead. Laurence Olivier received 10 nominations for acting (Olivier was also nominated in the directing category and received two Honorary Oscars). Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman each received 9 acting nominations.

8. What is the only film adapted from a teleplay to win a Best Picture Oscar?

Answer: “Marty,” in 1955.

9. Who was the first person to direct him/herself to nominations for producer, director, actor and screenwriter in a single year?

Answer: Orson Welles in 1941 for “Citizen Kane.”

10. Name the two families that boast three generations of Oscarwinning 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.

11. Name the only two married couples to win Oscars for acting.

Answer: Laurence Olivier (1948) and Vivien Leigh (1951)(who were not yet married when Leigh won her first Academy Award as Best Actress in 1939); Paul Newman (1986) and Joanne Woodward (1957).

12. 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” and Kate Winslet as “Young Iris Murdoch” and Judi Dench as “Iris Murdoch” in “Iris.”

13. Two different actors have won Oscars for playing a particular character in different films. Name the performers and the role they shared.

Answer: Marlon Brando won a Best Actor Oscar in 1972 for his role as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” and in 1974, Robert De Niro won a Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the same character in “The Godfather Part II.”

14. Name the director with the most Oscars and the most nominated director.

Answer: The director to receive the most Academy Awards is John Ford, who took home Oscars four of the five times he was nominated in
the directing category (he also received a nomination for Best Picture). The director to receive the most nominations is William Wyler, with twelve. His three wins rank him just behind Ford.

15. Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo won a 1956 Oscar under an assumed name. What name did he use?

Answer: Trumbo’s story for “The Brave One” had been written under the pseudonym “Robert Rich.” No one came to the podium to receive
the award when Rich’s name was announced, and Trumbo did not receive his statuette until just before his death in 1976. Trumbo received a second Oscar posthumously, for his 1953 “Roman Holiday” story, which had originally been credited to Trumbo’s friend and fellow writer, Ian McLellan Hunter.

16. Of the 76 films named Best Picture, only three have been westerns. Name them and the years in which they won.

Answer: “Cimarron” in 1930/31, “Dances With Wolves” in 1990 and “Unforgiven” in 1992.

17. Who was the first black performer to win an Oscar?

Answer: Hattie McDaniel, for her supporting performance in 1939’s “Gone with the Wind.”

18. 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.

19. Name the first remake of a film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

Answer: The story of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” 1935, had been told in 1933 as “In the Wake of the Bounty” starring Errol Flynn.

20. Name the only persons 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.

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