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Pass The Envelope Please… An Academy Awards Quiz

The 90th Oscars Academy Awards just passed on Sunday March 4, 2018. Every year the Oscars bring about eager anticipation and excitement as millions tune in to see if their favorite actor or movie will win that most coveted of prizes. As always, the 2018 Oscars did not disappoint captivated viewers as they listened for the opening of the envelope. The winners were:  for best actor, Gary Oldman; for best actress, Frances McDormand; and for best feature film, “The Shape of Water.”

A trip down Oscar memory lane can be fun. So how about completing a quiz to see how many Oscar moments you can remember?

(The answers can be found at the bottom of this page.)

A)  For which movie did James Stewart receive his best actor award in 1940? 

  1. “The Grapes of Wrath”
  2. “The Philadelphia Story”
  3. “Rebecca”
  4. “Kitty Foyle”

B) For which movie did Gary Cooper receive his best actor award in 1941?

  1. “Suspicion”
  2. “Sergeant York”
  3. “How Green Was My Valley”
  4. “The Great Lie”

C) For which movie did Joan Crawford receive her best actress award in 1945?

  1. “National Velvet”
  2. “Mildred Pierce”
  3. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”
  4. “The Lost Weekend”

Let’s not forget the great movies of the 1950s. It was a decade full of movies that brought tears and laughter to millions. Some memorable titles include: “An American in Paris,” “The African Queen,” “From Here to Eternity,” and “On the Waterfront,” to name but a few.

D)  Who won the best actor for “The African Queen” in 1951?

  1. Humphrey Bogart
  2. Karl Malden
  3. Gary Cooper
  4. William Holden

E)  Who won best supporting actor for “From Here to Eternity” in 1953?

  1. William Holden
  2. Anthony Quinn
  3. Frank Sinatra
  4. Jose Ferrer

F)  Who won best actor for “On the Waterfront” in 1954?

  1. Ernest Borgnine
  2. Marlon Brando
  3. David Niven
  4. Anthony Quinn

The 1960s did not disappoint in producing some of the most memorable movies of our time. Epics such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” along with light hearted movies such as “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music,” and the ever-so-charming “My Fair Lady,” took the world by storm in this decade. 

G)  Who won best actor for “My Fair Lady” in 1964? 

  1. Lee Marvin
  2. Rex Harrison
  3. Walter Matthau
  4. Jack Albertson

H)  Who won best actress for “Mary Poppins” in 1964? 

  1. Julie Christie
  2. Julie Andrews
  3. Katherine Hepburn
  4. Elizabeth Taylor

The 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s were prolific decades in producing thought provoking drama, funny stories, and great tales coupled with amazing cinematography — all of which left the audience wanting more. Movies such as, “Out of Africa,” “The Last Emperor,” “The Godfather,” “The Sting,” “The French Connection,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Amadeus,” “Rain Man,” “Gandhi,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Babe,” and “Forrest Gump” were all released during these years. Welcome to the home stretch of the quiz!

I)  In what year did “The Godfather” win best picture?

  1. 1980
  2. 1979
  3. 1972
  4. 1990

J)  In what year did “Out of Africa” win best picture?

  1. 1976
  2. 1990
  3. 1985
  4. 1998

K)  In what year did “Terms of Endearment” win best picture?

  1. 1983
  2. 1978
  3. 1992
  4. 1980

L)  In what year did “Gandhi” win best picture?

  1. 1999
  2. 1992
  3. 1979
  4. 1982

Answer Key:   A) 2    B) 2    C) 2    D) 1    E) 3    F) 2    G) 2    H) 2    I) 3    J) 3    K) 1    L) 4

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