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OSCAR QUIZ: The Nominees
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


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Our daily series of Oscar quizzes, designed to get you up to speed on trivia for Sunday's Academy Awards, continues, focusing today on this year's nominees.

1. For which of these movies did Meryl Streep, a record 17-time acting nominee, not take home Oscar?

A. "The Deer Hunter"

B. "Out of Africa"

C. "The French Lieutenant's Woman"

D. All of the above

2. George Clooney has been nominated in four Oscar categories. In which category did he win?

A. Original screenplay

B. Director

C. Lead actor

D. Supporting actor

3. Supporting-actor nominee Max von Sydow has been down the red carpet before. For what movie?

A. "Minority Report"

B. "The Exorcist"

C. "Pelle the Conqueror"

D. "Hannah and Her Sisters"

4. Octavia Spencer is nominated for "The Help," along with Jessica Chastain. What's the most recent film for which two actresses competed in this category?

A. "Up in the Air"

B. "Gosford Park"

C. "Babel"

D. "The Fighter"

E. "Chicago"

5. Melissa McCarthy, a first-time nominee for "Bridesmaids," is a relatively rare comedy nominee for a non-musical. What actress most recently won the supporting-actress Oscar for a comedic role?

A. Mira Sorvino, "Mighty Aphrodite"

B. Dianne Wiest, "Bullets Over Broadway"

C. Marisa Tomei, "My Cousin Vinny"

D. Whoopi Goldberg, "Ghost"

6. For which of these movies did best-actress nominee Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs") win an Academy Award?

A. "Fatal Attraction"

B. "Dangerous Liaisons"

C. "The Big Chill"

D. None of the above

7. Michelle Williams, nominated for "My Week With Marilyn," has a daughter fathered by what former co-star?

A. Ryan Gosling

B. Heath Ledger

C. James Van Der Beek

D. None of the above

8. Two of this year's best-actress nominees have appeared in a movie together. Who were they?

A. Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams

B. Williams and Viola Davis

C. Davis and Meryl Streep

D. Streep and Glenn Close

9. In which of last year's best-picture nominees did Rooney Mara (nominated this year for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") appear?

A. "The King's Speech"

B. "Winter's Bone"

C. "Inception"

D. "The Social Network"

10. For which movie did Brad Pitt win an Oscar?

A. "Inglourious Basterds"

B. "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

C. "Babel"

D. "Twelve Monkeys"

E. None of the above

11. Gary Oldman's nomination, for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” is his first. In what other movie has he played a much darker character?

A. “The Contender”

B. “Air Force One”

C. “JFK”

D. All of the above

12. Jean Dujardin, a French actor, is nominated for “The Artist.” What foreign-language actor has most recently won the best-actor trophy?

A. Maximilian Schell, “Judgment at Nuremberg”

B. Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful”

C. Massimo Traisi, “Il Postino”

D. Benicio del Toro, “Traffic”

13. Demian Bichir, a best-actor nominee, spoke Spanish in “A Better Life.” What is his native country?

A. Argentina

B. Spain

C. Mexico

D. The United States

14. Omaha native Nick Nolte is a three-time nominee. For which movie was he not nominated?

A. “Affliction”

B. “Jefferson in Paris”

C. “The Prince of Tides”

D. “Warrior”

15. In which of these categories has supporting-actor nominee Kenneth Branagh (“My Week With Marilyn”) been nominated for an Oscar?

A. Best actor

B. Director

C. Live-action short

D. Adapted screenplay

E. All of the above

16. Christopher Plummer, 82, is a second-time nominee for supporting actor for his role in “Beginners.” Who's the oldest winner in that category?

A. Melvyn Douglas, “Being There”

B. Ralph Richardson, “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”

C. Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”

D. George Burns, “The Sunshine Boys”

17. Jonah Hill, known mostly for gross-out comedies, is a first-time nominee for “Moneyball.” In which of these movies did he not appear?

A. “Pineapple Express”

B. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”

C. “Knocked Up”

D. “Superbad”

18. Janet McTeer is a supporting-actress nominee for “Albert Nobbs,” in which she played a woman posing as a man. Who won supporting actress for the same thing?

A. Mary McDonnell, “Dances With Wolves”

B. Mercedes Ruehl, “The Fisher King”

C. Linda Hunt, “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

D. None of the above

19. Jessica Chastain, a first-time nominee for “The Help,” stirred Oscar talk in several movies this year. In which of these movies did she not appear?

A. “Take Shelter”

B. “The Debt”

C. “The Tree of Life”

D. “Coriolanus”

E. She was in all of them

20. Supporting-actress nominee Berenice Bejo is French. So is Oscar winner Juliette Binoche. For which movie did Binoche win?

A. “Chocolat”

B. “The English Patient”

C. “Blue”

D. “Damage” Contact the writer: 402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

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THE ANSWERS

1. D. She won for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Sophie's Choice.”

2. D. Supporting actor, “Syriana.”

3. C. “Pelle the Conqueror,”
his only other nomination.

4. A. “The Fighter,” Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, just last year.

5. A. Mira Sorvino, in 1996.
Wiest won the year before.

6. D. Nominated six times,
Close has never won.

7. B. Heath Ledger,
“Brokeback Mountain.”

8. C. Davis and Streep were both nominated for “Doubt.”

9. D. “The Social Network,”
as the girlfriend who breaks
up with Mark Zuckerberg
in an opening scene.

10. E. Nominated for “Twelve Monkeys” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”
Pitt has never won.

11. D. Oldman often plays villains.

12. B. Benigni, in 1999. Del Toro won supporting actor in 2001 for a bilingual role.

13. C. Mexico.

14. B. “Jefferson in Paris.”

15. E. All of the above.

16. D. George Burns, 80 years, 69 days. Douglas was 79, and the others didn't win. If Plummer wins, he'll become the oldest ever.

17. A. “Pineapple Express.”

18. D. None of the above. Ruehl won playing a woman. Hunt won playing a man, not playing a woman posing as a man.

19. E. All of them.

20. B. “The English Patient.”

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

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