- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 22, 2009

Here’s your chance to test your knowledge (both film aficionados and novices alike) of trivia about the prized golden guy just before the 81st honors are handed out Sunday night.

1. Name the first color movie to win the Oscar for best picture.

2. Who won the Oscar in “The Oscar”: (a) Frank Fane; (b) Frankie Lane; (c) Frankie Valli; (d) Frank Sinatra; (e) Frank Gorshin?

3. Who was the first black man to win an Oscar?

4. The late Heath Ledger is a nominee this year in the best supporting actor category for his performance in “The Dark Knight.” What other actors have been awarded the golden statuette posthumously?

5. The audience at the 1974 ceremony got quite a shock when this surprise “participant” appeared onstage. Was this person: (a) a stalker; (b) a streaker; (c) a terrorist; (d) a police officer?

6. Two nominees in this year’s best actress category starred together in an Oscar-nominated film for 2006. Who are they?

7. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” leads the pack with this year’s highest number of Oscar nominations (13). Which two of the films below have the distinction of having the most nominations in history: (a) “Titanic”; (b) “Schindler’s List”; (c) “Forrest Gump”; (d) “All About Eve”; (e) “Shakespeare in Love”; (f) “Mary Poppins”?

8. Which Oscar winner refused the award, sending an emissary instead to collect the prize?

9. Name the only Oscar winner whose parents are also both Oscar winners.

10. How many actors have won Oscars in consecutive years: (a) 2; (b) 3; (c) 5; (d) 9?

The answers:

1. “Gone With the Wind” (1939).

2. (d) Frank Sinatra won the Oscar in the campy 1966 film of the same name, beating out the main character, Frank Fane, an unprincipled heel played by Stephen Boyd. Mr. Boyd, who died in 1977, was known best for his role in another Oscar-winning film, “Ben Hur.”

3. James Baskett was awarded a special Oscar for his role as Uncle Remus in 1946’s “Song of the South,” based on the tales of author Joel Chandler Harris. Produced by Disney, the film drew scorn for its racial stereotypes, and dozens of black and white protesters picketed its New York premiere. It was also the final film for Mr. Baskett, who died two years later at age 44.

4. Peter Finch (for 1976’s “Network”).

5. (b) A streaker. This bare-all-in-public trend of the ‘70s found its way into the 1974 ceremony when a nude Robert Opel suddenly sprinted across the stage in full view of the audience and the television camera. Presenter David Niven quipped that the streaker’s “shortcomings” would be the only laugh he’d ever get.

6. Best actress nominees Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway starred together in 2006’s “The Devil Wears Prada.” Miss Streep, who portrayed demanding magazine editor Miranda Priestly, received a best actress Oscar nomination for that role, one of 15 throughout her celebrated career.

7. “Titanic” and “All About Eve” each received 14 nominations (“Titanic took home 11 Oscars, and “Eve” won six). “Schindler’s List,” “Forrest Gump,” “Mary Poppins” and “Shakespeare in Love,” along with “Chicago,” fall in second place with 13 nominations each.

8. Marlon Brando boycotted the 1973 ceremony and did not accept his best actor award for “The Godfather” (1972). American Indian activist Sacheen Littlefeather — who donned full Apache dress — accepted for Mr. Brando and also stated his reason for the boycott: his objection to the depiction of American Indians by Hollywood and television.

9. Liza Minnelli (“Cabaret”). Her mother, Judy Garland, was awarded a special Oscar for her performance in “The Wizard of Oz,” and her father, Vincente Minnelli, received the best director Oscar for “Gigi” (1958).

10. (c) 5. They are Luise Rainer (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “The Good Earth”); Spencer Tracy (“Captains Courageous,” “Boys’ Town”); Katharine Hepburn (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” “The Lion in Winter”); Jason Robards (“All the President’s Men,” “Julia”); and Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”).

References: The Internet Move Database, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences database, filmsite.org, classbrain.com.

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