Glamour and Fame: Academy Awards Quiz


By: Nathan Chandler

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In a world that's all about glitz, it's the most glamorous recognition of all. How much do you know about Hollywood's biggest honor -- the Academy Awards?

What's the nickname for the little statues that are given to Academy Award winners?

The trophies are officially called the Academy Award of Merit. But everyone just calls them Oscars, for reasons that have never been totally confirmed.


In what year was the first awards banquet held?

The awards were first presented in 1929. This was the same year as a huge stock market crash...and Herbert Hoover was president.


Each year, a few members of the general public can buy tickets to the awards show.

The Academy Awards show is a private event. Only the famous (or well-connected) can obtain tickets to the event.


Who was the oldest man to win Best Actor?

Henry Fonda was 76 when he acted in "On Golden Pond." He was too frail to accept his award, so his daughter Jane collected the Oscar for him.


Which of the following is NOT one of the "Big Five" Academy Awards, the most coveted of the Oscars?

Best Cinematography isn't one of the Big Five, which include: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Screenplay.


How old was Gloria Stuart when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Titanic"?

Stuart was cast as the 101-year-old Rose Dawson Calvert in "Titanic." She was 87 years old when she was nominated -- and she lived to be 100.


Who votes to determine the winners of the Oscars?

Most votes are cast by workers in those specific categories. For examples, directors vote for directors, and producers vote for producers.


What's the record for the greatest number of nominations for a single film?

Two films have received 14 Oscar nominations. They were "Titanic" and "All About Eve."


In what year was the awards ceremony first broadcast on television?

The Awards ceremony was live on the radio for about two decades before it finally made it to the little screen. The first Oscars TV broadcast was in 1953.


How much does each Oscar trophy weigh?

Each trophy weighs just over 8 pounds, just heavy enough to make some limp-armed actors look as if they're lugging a lead weight around the stage.


The figure on the Oscar trophy is standing atop what object?

On each trophy, the figure stands appropriately atop a reel of film. Since the award's inception, roughly 3,000 of these statues have been given to winners.


For which film did Spencer Tracy NOT receive an Academy Award?

Tracy won consecutive Oscars for "Captains Courageous" and "Boys Town," but he didn't win for "Woman of the Year." "Woman" was the first of many films in which he starred alongside Katharine Hepburn.


What was the first sci-fi film to be nominated for Best Picture?

In 1977 "Star Wars" jumpstarted a cultural phenomenon for the ages. It was nominated for Best Picture but didn't win. The award instead went to "Annie Hall," a romantic comedy from Woody Allen.


Which director has won the most Oscars for Best Director?

John Ford won a total of four Academy Awards for Best Director.


For which of the following movies did John Ford NOT win Best Director?

"The Battle of Midway" earned an award for Best Documentary, but not Best Director. "Midway" featured color footage from the famous battle, as well as voiceover work from stars such as Henry Fonda and Donald Crisp.


Thomas Moulton won three consecutive Oscars for his work in which category?

Moulton was renowned for his expert sound mixing work. He won this category three years in a row for "The Snake Pit" in 1948, followed by "Twelve O'Clock High," and "All About Eve."


What's the record for the most Oscars won by a single film?

The record for Academy Awards won by a single film is 11. Three different movies have accomplished this rare feat.


Which of the following movies did NOT win 11 Academy Awards?

Three movies are tied for the record of 11 Academy Awards. They are "Ben-Hur" "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."


Which of the following women is NOT one of the four people who won Best Actress for her debut film performance?

Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars for Best Actress, but not for her debut performance. Julie Andrews, Shirley Booth and Marlee Matlin, however, all won for their first-ever film work.


No one knows the winner of each award until the envelopes are opened on stage.

For the first decade, the Academy notified newspapers of the winners before the banquet so that journalists could immediately publish results the following day. In 1940, the Los Angeles Times leaked the list early, and since then, the winners have been kept secret.


How many directors have nabbed the award for Best Director with their film debut?

Only six directors in Hollywood history have won Best Director with their film debuts. The most recent was Sam Mendes, who directed 1999's "American Beauty."


Who was the very first winner of an Oscar award?

Emil Jannings was the very first Oscar recipient -- he won for Best Actor. After all these decades, he's still the only German to nab Best Actor honors.


In 2003, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won every award for which it was nominated.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was nominated for 11 Oscars, and it won all of them. It was the biggest sweep in Academy Awards history.


In what year did a woman finally win an Oscar in the role of producer?

It took more than four decades for a female producer to win an Oscar. In 1973, Julia Phillips won the award for her work on "The Sting," which starred Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw.


How many Academy Awards did Walt Disney win during his lifetime?

Walt Disney won 22 Oscars (and received four honorary Oscars) during his incredibly successful Hollywood career.


Before the winners are announced on stage, how many total people know who won each award?

Only two people know who the winners are -- both are from a company called PricewaterhouseCoopers, which tabulates all of the votes.


How many men have won Best Actor for their debut film performances?

No man has ever won Best Actor following his debut film performance. However, four women have managed this feat.


During the World War II era, the Oscar statues were made from which material?

Lack of metal during World War II meant that the statue designers had to find a new material for the award. They opted for gold-painted plaster. Once the war was over, they resumed the use of gold-plated metal.


Which of the following actresses did NOT win two consecutive Best Actress awards?

Booth didn’t win consecutive Best Actress Awards, but Rainer (1936-37) and Hepburn (1967-68) both did. Two men (Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks) have also accomplished this feat.


For how many consecutive years did Walt Disney win at least one Academy Award?

For eight consecutive years (1931-39), Disney won at least one Oscar. His 26 total Oscars may stand as the record for decades to come.


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