Oscars 2015: And the winner is...The Academy Award quiz - answers

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1 Hattie McDaniel, for Gone With The Wind. 2 Sidney Poitier, for The Defiant Ones. 3 John Singleton, for Boyz n the Hood. 4 Forest Whitaker played Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, and Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles in Ray. 5 Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball, Denzel Washington for Training Day.  6 Oprah Winfrey, for The Color Purple. 7 Prince, Purple Rain. 8 Carmen Jones. 9 Quvenzhané Wallis, for Beasts of the Southern Wild. 10 Diana Ross, for Lady Sings the Blues.

Multiple winners

1 Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. 2 George Clooney, who won Best Picture for Argo, to go with his Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Syriana. 3 They won acting Oscars in successive years. 4 Walt Disney. 5 Glenda Jackson MP. 6 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay. 7 The Oscar statuette. 8 It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs. 9 Best Costume Design. 10 My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.


Words and music

1 Woody Allen. 2 Marvin Hamlisch.  3 Newman: Randy and his uncles Lionel, and Alfred (who was nominated 45 times and won nine times). 4 Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting. 5 Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley. 6 John Williams. 7 Andrew Preview, sorry, Andre Previn. 8 George Bernard Shaw, for Pygmalion. 9 They’re the only people to win for both Original and Adapted Screenplay. 10 Peter Jackson.

Brits Abroad

1 Colin Welland, on receiving the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Chariots of Fire. 2 Mrs Miniver. 3 Jim Dale.  4 The Glittering Prizes. 5 The Private Life of Henry VIII in 1932-33 – Laughton won Best Actor. 6 Disraeli. 7 Hamlet. 8 Sir John Gielgud, for Arthur. 9 Sir Alec Guinness. 10 Emma Thompson, Best Actress for Howards End, Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility.


1 She became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. 2 Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, Jane Campion for The Piano and Lina Wertmüller. 3 Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn. 4 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (the Oscars were for her scripts for A Room With a View and Howards End, the Booker Prize for Heat and Dust). 5 Grand Hotel.  6 Bette Davis, who won for Dangerous and Jezebel. 7 Tatum O’Neal, 10, for Paper Moon. 8 Julia Phillips (the memoir was You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again). 9 They were the only four actresses to win for their film debut. 10 Brave.

Around The World

1 Ismail Merchant, for A Room With a View. 2 Jean Dujardin for The Artist.  3 Yul Brynner, for The King and I.  4 Ang Lee, for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. 5 Sophia Loren, for Two Women. 6 Alfonso Cuarón, for Gravity (2013). 7 Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. 8 Ingrid Bergman. 9 Chinatown and Tess. 10 Room at the Top by John Braine.

The Missing

1 How Green Was My Valley. 2 In the Heat of the Night. 3 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). 4 Rocky. 5 Ordinary People (1980). 6 Out of Africa.  7 Platoon. 8 Forrest Gump. 9 The English Patient. 10 Gladiator.

Home Front

1 River and Joaquin Phoenix. 2 John Ford. 3 They were all nom de plumes for blacklisted writers. 4 Bob Hope.  5 The Wizard of Oz.  6 George C Scott, for Patton. 7 Marlon Brando, for The Godfather. 8 Jack Nicholson. 9 James Dean, for East of Eden in 1955 and Giant in 1956.  10 A Beautiful Mind, about US mathematician John Nash.


1 The handing out of goodie bags valued at tens of thousands of dollars. 2 Midnight Cowboy. 3 Sell the statuette his grandfather won for Around the World in Eighty Days. 4 Shrek.  5 Best Make-Up and Hairstyling.  6 Vote online. 7 It’s the only fully silent Best Picture (The Artist had some dialogue at the end). 8 “Jew”. 9 Around the World in 80 Days. 10 2,809.