Film Quiz Friday: The Great Big Oscars Quiz

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With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, your weekly film quiz covers this year’s nominees and past winners.


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It’s an odd sort of year to have an awards season, (hence the delay to April) but Oscar trivia from the last 90-odd years of the ceremony is a cornerstone of movie buff knowledge. And so, whether you’re here for the Friday quiz or you’re saving this one for a warm-up while you wait for the latest round of awards at stupid o’clock on Monday morning, this is our one-off Oscars quiz. There are no little gold blokes up for grabs here, but hopefully it’s just fun/an honour to be nominated.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds, 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 31 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. And if you get stuck, remember that all answers are La La Land until we know better.


ROUND ONE – This Year’s Oscar Nominees

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

  1. Which Best Actress nominee plays Cassie Thomas in Promising Young Woman?
  2. Farmageddon is the sequel to which 2015 animated film?
  3. What instrument does Riz Ahmed’s heavy metal musician play in Sound Of Metal?
  4. Who is the only previous Best Director nominee up for the award this year, for directing Mank?
  5. Complete the title of the 2021 drama – Judas And The
  6. Which Best Actress nominee plays Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom?
  7. Whose Subsequent Moviefilm boasts the longest title of any nominated film in Oscars history?
  8. Which TV chat-show host and actor provides the voice of spiritual guide Moonwind in Pixar’s Soul?
  9. Which sci-fi action film prominently features machines called “inversion turnstiles”?
  10. Which of this year’s acting nominees is up for both an Academy Award and a Golden Raspberry award for the same performance in Hillbilly Elegy?


ROUND TWO – Simply The Best

Time to separate the kings of the world from the coulda-been contenders – can you identify these Best Picture winners from a quote? We’ve included the year of release as an extra clue…

  1. “Never thought I’d die fighting side by side with an elf.” (2003)
  2. “Large amounts don’t grow on trees, you’ve got to pick a pocket or two.” (1968)
  3. “And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” (2000)
  4. “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” (1972)
  5. “I won’t talk! I won’t say a word!” (2011)
  6. “When somebody asks me a question, I tell them the answer.” (2008)
  7. “He had it comin’, he had it comin’, he only had himself to blame.” (2002)
  8. “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” (1976)
  9. “Round up the usual suspects.” (1942)
  10. “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye.” (1991)


ROUND THREE – Oscars Pot Luck

Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck questions about Oscar-winning films and stars – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!


  1. Who connects the Best Picture winners Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, and Million Dollar Baby?
  2. Which 2001 film won the first-ever Best Animated Feature Oscar?
  3. In 2020, Parasite became the first non-English-language Best Picture winner – in which country is it set?
  4. In which film does Jack Nicholson play R.P. McMurphy?
  5. Only two people have won acting Oscars for appearing in Steven Spielberg films – for a point each, name the actors.
  6. Who sang “My Heart Will Go On”, the Oscar-winning theme song from Titanic?
  7. Victor Fleming was credited for directing two Best Picture nominees in 1939, but which one won him Best Director – Gone With The Wind or The Wizard Of Oz?
  8. Who won a grand total of four Best Actress Oscars, spanning from 1934’s Morning Glory to 1982’s On Golden Pond?
  9. Which Kevin Costner film climaxes with a showdown at the Academy Awards ceremony?
  10.  And finally, who is the only actor in the history of the Oscars to be nominated for playing an alien visitor to Earth?

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). We’ll have another quiz for you next Friday, but until then, let us know your scores in the comments below!

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