Film Quiz Friday: Oscar Wild

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It’s Academy Awards time again, so here’s a special Oscars-themed film quiz about contenders past and present.

If the Oscars are useful for anything, it’s movie trivia. If you listen to the discourse, the nominees at the 95th Academy Awards are the usual, surprising, same-old, refreshing, and utterly contradictory bunch of films and actors, but really, Everything Everywhere All At Once being a frontrunner makes this anything other than an ordinary year. Wherever you land on it, the big Oscars-themed quiz is as much a part of the annual ritual as staying up to agree, disagree, or cringe either way at the telly at stupid o’clock on Monday morning.

So, here’s three rounds of Oscars trivia to start the weekend right, and when you get to the end, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. Please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. Just try not to take too long answering this week or you’ll hear an orchestra start playing somewhere in the distance…


ROUND ONE – This Year’s Nominees Are…

A Na'Vi and aquatic creature swimming in Avatar: The Way Of Water.

How much do you know about the films and actors in the running for an Oscar this Sunday? All movies covered have had a cinema or streaming release in the UK at the time of writing.

  1. Which real-life figure is played by Ana de Armas in Blonde?
  2. What is the full title of the second Avatar film?
  3. Which country connects The Banshees Of Inisherin, The Quiet Girl, and Best Actor nominee Paul Mescal?
  4. Which streaming service produced Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio?
  5. Which comic-book movie has more Oscar nominations this year – The Batman or Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
  6. Which Best Actor nominee plays Elvis Presley in Elvis?
  7. Rian Johnson is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing which sequel?
  8. Complete the title of the Best Costume Design contender – Mrs Harris Goes To
  9. Up for Best Original Score, which 90-year-old composer is now the oldest competitive Oscar nominee of all time?
  10. Captain Pete Mitchell is the title character of which Best Picture nominee?


ROUND TWO – Animation Domination!

Wallace and Gromit WererabbitNext, 10 questions about the newest Oscar category to date. How well do you know the Best Animated Feature winners? And hey, some of them aren’t by Disney or Pixar!

  1. Which 2001 film was the first-ever Best Animated Feature Oscar winner – Shrek, Monsters Inc, or Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius?
  2. Which Japanese studio created Spirited Away?
  3. What is the name of the talking snowman in Frozen and its sequel?
  4. What role connects Chris Pine, Jake Johnson, and Nicolas Cage in 2018’s Best Animated Feature?
  5. Which Pixar film gets a roundabout live-action remake in this year’s Oscar frontrunner Everything Everywhere All At Once?
  6. What type of business do Wallace and Gromit operate in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit?
  7. Baymax is a major character in which Disney film?
  8. What type of animal is Rango in 2011’s Rango?
  9. Which previous Oscar winner voiced the penguins Ramón, Cletus, and Lovelace in Happy Feet?
  10. Which 2010 film was the most recent film to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Animated Feature?


ROUND THREE – Oscars Pot Luck

Sure, it’s an honour to be nominated, but let’s finish with a winning selection of pot luck questions about Best Pictures, Directors, Actors, and Actresses past.

  1. Welsh singer Tom Jones made his film acting debut in 1963’s Best Picture Tom Jones. True or false?
  2. Whose Oscar-nominated performances include the characters Roman J. Israel, Lord Macbeth, and Malcolm X?
  3. For which 2006 film did Martin Scorsese win his Best Director Oscar?
  4. Who won Best Actor for playing Judah Ben-Hur in 1959’s Ben Hur?
  5. What connects The Hurt Locker, Nomadland, The Power Of The Dog, and no other Best Director winners to date?
  6. “Act like you own the place” is the tagline for which 2019 film?
  7. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell both won Oscars for acting in which 2017 crime drama?
  8. Steven Soderbergh was double-nominated for Best Director at the 73rd Oscars, but which film won him the gold – Erin Brockovich or Traffic?
  9. Born this week in 1946, who won Best Actress for playing Sally Bowles in 1972’s Cabaret?
  10. And finally, which 1930 Best Picture winner shares its name with one of this year’s Best Picture nominees?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong. Watch this space for news about new episodes, but until then, “keep watching those movies…!”

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