Friday, January 21, 2011

PCT #110- The Academy Awards Edition 2: Tom Cruise Control

Since The 83rd Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 27, this quiz is all about Oscar. Each question involves Oscar-winning movies/people or the Academy Awards ceremony itself. Please note that the term "Oscar winning film" does not necessarily mean that the movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture; the Oscar could be for Best Original Song, Best Cinematography, etc.

If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin about to be touched for the very first time, please read the remaining rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Marlon Brando, it's Dustin Hoffman", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title). For example:

E.T. is acceptable for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points.  The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 2 bonus points.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, February 25th at 11:59 PM EST.

Have fun and good luck!

1. With 12 nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), what screen icon (born on April 22, 1937) is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history? 3 pts

2. Known as "The Little Tramp", what silent screen legend returned to the U.S. in 1972 after a self-imposed 20-year exile in Switzerland to receive an Honorary Award at the 44th Academy Awards ceremony? 3 pts

3. In the 2004 film Ray, what part of a woman's body did Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) feel in order to judge her attractiveness? 6 pts

a. waist
b. face
c. neck

4. Originally conceived as a thriller about a young man from South Boston with superior intelligence recruited by the F.B.I., what 1997 drama won 2 Academy Awards (including one for two of its stars for Best Original Screenplay)? 5 pts

5. The screen cap below is from what film? 6 pts

6. The Academy Awards telecast earned its biggest audience one year when it pulled in over 57 million viewers.  Which one of the following films was named Best Picture that year? 8 pts

a. Titanic
b. The Silence of the Lambs
c. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
d. Forrest Gump

7. From 1978 to 1981, the four women who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress all had the initials "MS".  What are the names of those four women? 3 pts each

Note: If you can put the four women in chronological order based on the years in which they won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, you earn 5 bonus pts 


8. The following lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they're worth

9. In the screen cap below, the man on the right is singing what song? 6 pts  (The multiple choice selections are below the screen cap)

a. Lovin' You by Minnie Riperton
b. Oh Girl by The Chi-Lites
c. Always and Forever by Heatwave
d. Three Times A Lady by The Commodores

10. In the 1972 film The Godfather, what are the first names of the four children (by blood relation) of Vito and Carmella Corleone? 2 pts each

11.  In Other Words: Below are the disguised titles of five Best Picture Oscar winners. You have to correctly identify the film.

For example: Bullwinkle's Sidekick= Rocky.  Each of these are worth 2 pts

a. The Health Care Recipient from the United Kingdom
b. Small Compartment For Safekeeping That's Damaged
c. Moves Rhythmically Alongside Large Predatory Canids
d. Out of This Spot to An Endless Period of Time
e. The Husband of Hungarian Immigrant Lisa Douglas!

12. In the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, a motley group of motorists go off in search of $350,000 which is buried under a marker shaped like what letter of the alphabet? 6 pts

a. M
b. X
c. W
d. C

13. What is the day job of the movie character in the photo below? 3 pts

14. What are the names of the three former Saturday Night Live regulars who have hosted the Academy Awards? 2 pts each

15. The woman in the photo below is best known for her role in what Oscar-winning film? 15 pts

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