We'd like to stump the Academy...and all its many fans, with a pop quiz of Oscar-themed trivia

By EW Staff
Updated January 31, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

1 Who is the only Oscar to have won an Oscar?

2 What dramatic role has resulted in the most Oscar nominations?

A. Queen Elizabeth I

B. Henry VIII

C. Hamlet

D. Michael Corleone

3 Who was the oldest person to win a competitive acting Oscar?

4 Who was the youngest person to win a competitive acting Oscar?

5 What was the only film in which two performers were Oscar-nominated for playing the same role?

6 How many Oscars did Orson Welles’ groundbreaking Citizen Kane win?

A. 1 B. 3 C. 5 D. 7

7 What 1989 film’s failure to win a Best Picture nomination caused presenter Kim Basinger to go off-script and criticize the Academy for what she saw as its shortsightedness?

8 What actor was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same performance?

9 What film was based on Tom Hanks’ emotional 1994 acceptance speech for Best Actor?

10 Which of these musicals did not win a Best Picture Oscar during the 1960s?

A. My Fair Lady

B. Mary Poppins

C. The Sound of Music

D. West Side Story

11 Who are the only brothers to receive Oscar nominations for acting?

12 Which two actresses hold the record for consecutive Oscar nominations?

13 What was the first Best Picture winner to be released on home video before winning the Oscar?

14 Before they won Oscar nominations for playing a real-life battling couple in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne portrayed a divorced couple in what other Oscar-nominated film?

15 Which actor appeared in only five films?all of which were nominated for or won Best Picture?

16 Katharine Hepburn won an amazing four Oscars. How many years passed between her first and final awards?

A. 21

B. 33

C. 48

D. 52

17 Only three movies have swept the Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay. Which one did not?

A. It Happened One Night

B. The Silence of the Lambs

C. Gone With the Wind

D. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

18 Who wore these memorable Oscar gowns?




19 Oscar statuettes were first made of bronze (and, for a few years during WWII, out of plaster) before the Academy switched to which of these gold-plated alloys:

A. Adamantium

B. Britannia Metal

C. Cupronickel

D. Brass

20 Legendary costume designer Edith Head won eight Oscars during her long and distinguished career. Even more impressive is her string of?how many??consecutive years in which she received nominations.

A. 7

B. 10

C. 13

D. 19

21 What song did Rob Lowe, performing with a costumed Snow White, infamously massacre during the 1989 Oscar show?

22 Match the Oscar-winning performer to the actor who was first offered the part: