1. THE BIG FIVE
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original OR Adapted Screenplay. Winning all five of these is considered the pinnacle of movie recognition. To date, only three films have accomplished this. That, however, would make for a very poor TD clue! Instead...Name a movie that was nominated for the Big Five
; whether it won any or not doesn't matter
2. ART IMITATING LIFE
Tropic Thunder taught us, to win an acting Oscar, you don't go full retard. While it's true that characters with mental handicaps fall under the category 'Oscar Bait' very well, there's a subclass that gets even more recognition: real life people. I was originally planning to ask for anyone who's been nominated for playing a real person...then I saw the list. So, for this question...Name a Best Actor or Best Actress winner who won for playing a real, factual person (living or dead).Bonus! For one point off, name who they played to win. For an 800 on the SAT Essay section, in three pages describe how the thespian made a mockery of history.
3. THE IRON LADY
There are two types of roles for actresses in Hollywood: the ones Meryl Streep gets, and the ones casting wants Meryl Streep to take. (You really
think they wanted Jennifer Lopez in Gigli?) To date, Ms. Streep has racked up a record 16 Oscar nominations, (a not-close-to-a-record 2 wins,) and a career solidly entering it's fourth decade.Name either a character Streep played that resulted in a nomination OR the movie that character was in.Be More Specific is in play here. Your answer must be distinguishable as character or film title without a parenthetical otherwise I may misfile your responce.
4. SUBTITLED FOR YOUR PROTECTION
The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a curious beast. The film must be produced outside the USA and the dialogue must be predominantly non-English. A requirement that lasted up to 2006 was that the language had to be official to the country as well. Confused yet? Or are you still wondering why the entirety of a nation's film output rests solely on the shoulders of one single movie?Name a country that has won for Best Foreign Language FilmTrivia! The United Kingdom has been nominated twice for this category. Both films were in Welsh.
5. THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE, WE SALUTE YOU
Ahh, the Honorary Oscar. The "You did such a good job throughout your career and we're sorry we kept ignoring you" award. It didn't start out that way, though. The first Honorary Oscar went to Warner Bros., for The Jazz Singer
. The second, to Charlie Chaplin, so he wouldn't get four for The Circus
(writing, acting, directing and producing...should have made it twice the size at least!). Chaplin would, eventually, get a competitive Oscar (Best Score, Limelight
). This is for those who didn't even get that lucky.Name a recipient of an Honorary Oscar who was nominated for, but never won, any competitive Oscar.
6. LIKE SOME CHEESES, SOME MOVIES DO NOT AGE WELL
Quick! Think of your 10 favorite movies. If you're like most people, 10 of those will not be a Best Picture winner. It's a favorite party game to complain how AMPAS can't pick films that stand the test of time, and in the coming months, expect to see the inevitable "Top 10 biggest Best Picture blunders" lists. Well, it's now your chance to get a head start on them!Name a Best Picture nominee with a higher IMDb rating than the movie it lost to.
7. TO THE VICTOR GOES...NOTHING!
You might not realize it, but in the past 29 years, only 10 of the Best Picture winners failed to pull in over $100 million at the box office. (Is it due, in part, to the Oscars now being used as a high profile advertisement for Fall releases? Perish the thought! Actually, don't. It's actually a pretty decent theory.) Name a Best Picture winner, 1982-present, that failed to break the $100 million mark
8. THE DREADED MUSIC QUESTION
It's simple! I give you a list of Best Original Song winners. Pick one and give the movie it was in.
a. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
b. Into the West
c. It's Hard out Here for a Pimp
d. Lose Yourself
e. The Morning After
f. Moon River
g. Que Sera Sera
h. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
i. Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)
j. Streets of Philadelphia
k. Take My Breath Away
l. Talk to the AnimalsBonus! For one point off, include a composer or lyricist who received an award for the song in question.
9. I KNEW IT WAS YOU
John Cazale. Major roles in five pictures, appearing in only six throughout his life. His best showing at an awards ceremony? Nominated for a Golden Globe. What makes this man so memorable? All six of the films he was in went on to be nominated for Best Picture. Three went on to win. Quite the record.Name a film featuring John Cazale.Trivia Bonus! During filming of his final film, the studio behind it found he was dying of cancer. His actress girlfriend at the time stuck by his side and said if he goes, so does she. The studio relented, and Cazale made it through filming. For one point off, name this actress.
A pinnacle for the acting community, showing your diversity not just on film, but on stage, on television and on record. The EGOT crowd has just thirteen elite members, each with an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar. While some will pick nits as to whether honorary awards count as much, or if the daytime is just as good as primetime, I say, 'Pshaw!' It still involves getting the award committees to recognize you.Name one of the thirteen EGOT holders.
11. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
In the past 83 years, the Best Picture has taken on many dark, bloody and vulgar topics and shown them without looking away. Unfortunately, this can cause a bit of a problem if you have youngsters and want to show them a film that was considered that year's best. Well, this will make picking a film slightly easier...Name a Best Picture winner that is not R- or X-RatedNotes: If a film was re-rated and remained uncut, the lower rating will count. If a film had to be re-cut to get a lower rating, only the version that won the Oscar counts.Trivia! Yes, there actually was an X-Rated Best Picture winner: Midnight Cowboy. It would only rate R today, I'm sure.
12. THERE'S AN AWARD FOR THAT
There's more awards at the Oscars than just the acting, the directing and the producing. No one asks about them, but they tend to make or break your over/under at the office pool.Name one of the thirteen Oscar categories that have NOT been explicitly named in this TD.My original plan was to make each clue themed off one award. Long story short, you know who Wally Pfister is? That's why I didn't.
13. HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY
Much like in politics or business, Hollywood has their Kennedys, their Windsors, their Hapsburgs, their Bushes. Children, spouses, they all find a way to get in the biz, and some aren't just successful, they win awards. Maybe talent is genetic...Name two Oscar winners who are related in three degrees of seperation or less on the family tree.
Ok, this is going to be a long caveat section, but I really wanted to keep this one in, because if nothing else, J! asks questions like this all the time.
- Examples of seperation: Parent to child is ONE degree. Parent to grandchild is TWO. Parent to spouse of grandchild is THREE.
- Marriage counts as perpetual for this question. A divorce will not break the chain.
- If an award is shared, it still counts as having won the award.
- Each name provided will be tallied individually, not as a pair.
- The total score you receive will be the sum of how unique your two names are, divided by 2.
- Only correct pairs will be tallied. Incorrect pairs (even if one name is possibly accurate) will be marked wrong.
- A wrong score will be given as the sum of the two least unique names, divided by 2, plus 5.
- You would be correct in assuming that I had tossed out more complex ways of scoring this.
14. BONUS - IN MEMORIUM
Every year, we lose the genius of past times and generations, and every year we remember them through a two second appearance in a montage that's drowned out by someone either singing or dragging a cat through a chalkboard factory. Then we go to the internet and wonder and rant about why someone wasn't included in that clearly
solemn event. (Yeah...I'm still griping over last year's...)Name an Oscar nominee who passed away between December 11, 2010 and now.
- Scoring is slightly different. This is another question I couldn't bear to part with, but as I was thinking about it, I realized, I couldn't come up with anything to answer with. So it's a purely bonus question:
- Correct answers are scored in reverse. Sheeps get (-1) added to their score. Singletons get (-sheep) added.
- The technical forumla is -(1 + Sheep - Your Score).
- Wrong answers get 5 added, however...
- There is no penalty for skipping this question.
15. ICEBREAKER TIE BREAKER
As I can hear the orchestra trying to play me off for the sixth time, there's one last question to give out: the tie breaker.
The Oscar ceremony is consistantly one of the highest rated shows on TV, but it has been slipping of late. Whether AMPAS agrees or not, it seems the more popular the movies are in the running for Best Picture, the higher the number of viewers. The high water mark of viewers, logically, was the 70th Academy Awards, where Titanic and James Cameron sailed off with the gold.To four significant digits, how many viewers (in millions), did the 70th Academy Awards telecast have?