How well do you know your Oscars?

Put your award-season knowledge to the test!


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The Academy Awards are a celebration of the best of the best in film over the last year. But with so many movies over so many years, can you even keep track of them all? We're nominating you to take this Oscar trivia quiz where we're asking questions about The Academy Awards. We're looking for Oscar awards that the actors and directors listed have personally won, and you've got to remember the award ceremonies of yesteryear to answer them!

  1. How many Oscars does Martin Scorsese have for Best Director?
  2. Steven Spielberg has won three Oscars. For which of his films did he earn his FIRST win in the category of Best Director?
  3. Robert DeNiro has two Oscars, but how many has he been nominated (including those wins)?
  4. How many Oscars did Marlon Brando win for Best Actor in his lifetime?
  5. How many Oscars did Katherine Hepburn win for Best Actress in her lifetime?
  6. Daniel Day-Lewis has won three Oscars in what category?
  7. Which of these is the only horror film to ever win Best Picture?
  8. Stanley Kubrick only won a single Oscar for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In what category did he win?
  9. In what category did Orson Welles win an Oscar for his film, Citizen Kane?
  10. How many Oscars does Denzel Washington have?

How well do you know your Oscars?

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stagebandman 23 days ago
Douglas Trumbull did the special effects for 2001. It is a crime that Kubrick was named the creator of the effects and won the Oscar, while Trumbull was the genius who did all the work. Nominated 3 more times (Close Encounters, Star Trek and Blade Runner) but never won the award is a severe injustice.
texasluva stagebandman 23 days ago
I agree with you but there are many great actors that never won an Oscar and should have. Cary Grant being one of many. Maybe they should have awarded a special one like they did for others. In fact I looked and Trumbull was the recipient of the American Society of Cinematographer's Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of filmmaking. In 2010, Douglas was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In 2011, he received the SMPTE Presidential Proclamation. So it's like many others and Cary Grant won a lifetime achievement award also. Sometimes the Oscar is just not in the cards.
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texasluva 23 days ago
Trivia above very interesting. Behind the scenes. Who did what or said. Sometimes who else almost got the part rather then who did. Director ideas and habits.
texasluva 23 days ago
I also made another clerical error. I somehow went right by AWL and did not leave her a invite. Totally by mistake. I will make her my first invite from now on. Then probably miss someone else .
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texasluva 24 days ago
Once they watched The Wild One. One English chap said to the other. I mean, have you ever!? Reply--Never! Censored! 1968 comes another says "what do you say old boy" Uncensored. We'll give those Yanks a break.
KJExpress 23 days ago
I saw this version back when I was renting Netflix DVD's. Pretty good. I have saved it to view at a later date.
texasluva 20 days ago
You will probably like this weeks MQ. It will be mostly movies for Easter Time. Ben-Hur, Ten Commandants and 3 others. Also of course The Hunt For Red October and an older Andy Hardy movie.
KJExpress 19 days ago
Love Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments! "So it shall be written. So it shall be done."
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MrsPhilHarris 24 days ago
Great music! But I need to comment on the Silly Love Songs clip. I forgot about festival seating. I remember seeing someone, maybe The Beach Boys, and my friend and I getting caught up with the crowd trying to get close to the stage. I think that’s the only time I tried it. My husband saw Wings at the Kingdom in Seattle.
texasluva 24 days ago
One thing about Paul Anka is that he is still singing at 82. He started I believe around 1957. He's having a 7 decades tour coming in May. I think 2 are in ON.
Bapa1 1 month ago
They should give an Oscar to the movie that makes the most money.
paulbryars 1 month ago
10/10!! I am an Oscars and movie fan.
Bapa1 1 month ago
6/10, don't even watch The Oscars anymore. But hey, Godzilla finally won one this year! Is Silence of the Lambs a horror film?
Adamtwelvia Bapa1 1 month ago
Yeah. Psychologocal horror mostly
Hollie Bapa1 28 days ago
Back then it was before everything became fake and computer generated
CaptainDunsel 1 month ago
From "The West Wing"
C. J. Cregg: They sent me two turkeys. The more photo-friendly of the two gets a Presidential pardon and a full life at a children's zoo. The runner-up gets eaten.
President Josiah Bartlet: If the Oscars were like that, I'd watch.
gockionni 1 month ago
5/10, figures. I either really like a movie or I don’t, and my tastes vary. Used to enjoy watching the Oscars when the event was classy and about film, anymore it focuses too much on other agendas.
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BenSobeleone gockionni 16 days ago
For the past several years, the Oscars show has messed up the In Memoriam. This year was the worst! Perhaps next year, they should have a special half hour In Memoriam show the night before the Oscars. This way they can show the names, photos and film clips of all of those who have passed away.
BenSobeleone gockionni 16 days ago
One year when Whoopi Goldberg was the host of the Oscars show and after the In Memoriam she said, "I know film critic Gene Siskel's picture wasn't up there but Gene, this is for you!" then she gave a thumbs up. Nice!
gockionni BenSobeleone 16 days ago
I didn’t watch this year because they’ve been so disappointing in recent years. I don’t go to the theatre cuz I haven’t seen trailers for movies worth my $40. I feel like most films these days are rehashed stories I’m familiar with that have a few tweaks. If I can give three probable endings or ’next scene(s),’ and one of them is used, then I haven’t witnessed a fresh narrative that presents things I haven’t seen or heard before, and I feel like I wasted my time. I’ll stick to the classics and maybe some remakes like the second “A Star is Born.” Sorry I’m so picky about movies. I want to be thoroughly entertained like I was viewing Rocky and Star Wars for the first time.
BenSobeleone gockionni 7 days ago
Yep, I hear ya. I haven't been to a good movie in a long time. As for the Oscars show from a few years ago, that Will Smith Oscar acceptance speech really didn't have much of an impact because he just punched Chris Rock and swore at him twice earlier in that show. The guy just can't behave himself. Well, like they say every party has a pooper. Ha! I like the Oscar mix-up when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the Oscar for Best Picture. Made the show more interesting. Some perfectly good Oscar acceptance speeches shot to hell! Ha! At least no one got punched at that show.
daDoctah 1 month ago
Here's a couple of good ones:

What performer (I'm going to use that term instead of "actor" or "actress" to establish that the answers may be either) won an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex?

Who was the first performer to win for playing a real-world performer?

Who was given a special award at the first Academy Awards accompanied by a letter that read:
"The Academy Board of Judges on merit awards for individual achievements in motion picture arts during the year ending August 1, 1928, unanimously decided that your name should be removed from the competitive classes, and that a special first award be conferred upon you for writing, acting, directing and producing [title of the relevant film]. The collective accomplishments thus displayed place you in a class by yourself."
Adamtwelvia daDoctah 1 month ago
1. Hillary Swank. "Boys Don't Cry"

2. Don't know...gonna say Daniel
Day Lewis "My Left Foot"?

3. Not sure....Walt Disney for "Snow White"?
daDoctah Adamtwelvia 1 month ago
Wrong on all three. Note that for the third one I specified that it was presented at the *first* Oscar ceremony, in 1929. Snow White was almost a decade later.

For #2, I'll add the hint that the *second* person to win an award under those circumstances was Reese Witherspoon, and the third was Jamie Foxx.
Moverfan daDoctah 23 days ago
The first performer to win for playing someone of the opposite sex was Linda Hunt--Best Supporting Actress, The Year Of Living Dangerously. (Now why in the blank do I remember that, but I can't find my socks half the time?)
Ratt1959 1 month ago
2/10, I hate to say it, but I paid no attention to who or what won awards. I either like or dislike a film.
KJExpress 1 month ago
7/10. I almost gave up after I got the first three wrong. 😒
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