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  • 1. 

    Which Russell Crowe-starring film won the Best Picture category in 2001?

    • A.

      A Beautiful Mind

    • B.

      Gladiator

    • C.

      L.A. Confidential

    • D.

      3:10 to Yuma

    Correct Answer
    B. Gladiator
    Explanation
    In 2001, the film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe, won the Best Picture category. This epic historical drama directed by Ridley Scott tells the story of a Roman general who seeks revenge against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family. Gladiator received critical acclaim for its performances, screenplay, and visual effects, making it a deserving winner of the Best Picture award.

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  • 2. 

    In 2008 Daniel Day-Lewis won a Best Actor Oscar for which film?

    • A.

      Michael Clayton

    • B.

      There Will Be Blood

    • C.

      Eastern Promises

    • D.

      No Country for Old Men

    Correct Answer
    B. There Will Be Blood
    Explanation
    In 2008, Daniel Day-Lewis won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the film "There Will Be Blood." This film, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, follows the story of an ambitious oil prospector in the early 20th century. Day-Lewis's performance as Daniel Plainview was widely praised for its intensity and depth, earning him critical acclaim and ultimately the prestigious Oscar award. "There Will Be Blood" is known for its powerful storytelling and Day-Lewis's exceptional portrayal of a complex character.

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  • 3. 

    Which Best Director beat out James Cameron at the Academy Awards in 2010?

    • A.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • B.

      Jason Reitman

    • C.

      Kathryn Bigelow

    • D.

      Lee Daniels

    Correct Answer
    C. Kathryn Bigelow
    Explanation
    In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director award at the Academy Awards, beating out James Cameron. This suggests that the question is asking for the director who won the award instead of James Cameron. Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, and Lee Daniels were not the winners in this category, making Kathryn Bigelow the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    Which film won the first Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2002?

    • A.

      Toy Story

    • B.

      Shrek

    • C.

      Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    • D.

      Monsters, Inc.

    Correct Answer
    B. Shrek
    Explanation
    Shrek won the first Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2002. This film was a groundbreaking animated movie that appealed to both children and adults with its clever humor and unique storytelling. It introduced audiences to a new kind of animated character, an ogre with a heart of gold, and became a huge success both critically and commercially. Shrek's win at the Oscars marked a significant moment in the recognition and acceptance of animated films as a legitimate and respected form of storytelling.

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  • 5. 

    Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1993 for the film "Unforgiven"?

    • A.

      Robert Altman

    • B.

      Martin Brest

    • C.

      Neil Jordan

    • D.

      Clint Eastwood

    Correct Answer
    D. Clint Eastwood
    Explanation
    Clint Eastwood won the Best Director Oscar in 1993 for the film "Unforgiven".

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  • 6. 

    For which film did Martin Scorsese win an Academy Award for Best Director?

    • A.

      Raging Bull

    • B.

      Goodfellas

    • C.

      Gangs of New York

    • D.

      The Departed

    Correct Answer
    D. The Departed
    Explanation
    Martin Scorsese won an Academy Award for Best Director for the film "The Departed." This crime thriller, released in 2006, is known for its gripping storyline and stellar performances by a star-studded cast. Scorsese's masterful direction brought the intense and complex narrative to life, showcasing his talent for creating tension and capturing the essence of the characters. The film's success and critical acclaim solidified Scorsese's place as one of the greatest directors in the industry.

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  • 7. 

    Which film beat out "Saving Private Ryan" for the Best Picture Oscar in 1999?

    • A.

      Shakespeare in Love

    • B.

      Life Is Beautiful

    • C.

      Elizabeth

    • D.

      The Thin Red Line

    Correct Answer
    A. Shakespeare in Love
    Explanation
    In 1999, "Shakespeare in Love" won the Best Picture Oscar, beating out "Saving Private Ryan." The film tells the fictional story of William Shakespeare and his inspiration for writing "Romeo and Juliet." It was a critical and commercial success, praised for its witty screenplay, charming performances, and lush period setting. "Saving Private Ryan," on the other hand, is a war film directed by Steven Spielberg, known for its realistic portrayal of the D-Day invasion during World War II. While "Saving Private Ryan" was highly acclaimed, "Shakespeare in Love" ultimately emerged as the favorite among Academy voters.

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  • 8. 

    Which actor won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the 1999 film "American Beauty"?

    • A.

      Michael Caine

    • B.

      Jude Law

    • C.

      Sean Penn

    • D.

      Kevin Spacey

    Correct Answer
    D. Kevin Spacey
    Explanation
    Kevin Spacey won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the 1999 film "American Beauty".

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  • 9. 

    Which actor won an Academy Award for directing the film "Dances With Wolves"?

    • A.

      Paul Newman

    • B.

      Clint Eastwood

    • C.

      Kevin Costner

    • D.

      Robert Redford

    Correct Answer
    C. Kevin Costner
    Explanation
    Kevin Costner won an Academy Award for directing the film "Dances With Wolves".

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  • 10. 

    Who was awarded an Oscar for directing the 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain"?

    • A.

      Bennett Miller

    • B.

      Paul Haggis

    • C.

      Ang Lee

    • D.

      George Clooney

    Correct Answer
    C. Ang Lee
    Explanation
    Ang Lee was awarded an Oscar for directing the 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain". This film, based on a short story by Annie Proulx, tells the story of a romantic relationship between two cowboys. Ang Lee's direction skillfully portrayed the complexities of the characters and their forbidden love, earning him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Director.

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  • 11. 

    Nicolas Cage won a Best Actor Oscar in 1996 for which film?

    • A.

      Trapped in Paradise

    • B.

      Raising Arizona

    • C.

      It Could Happen to You

    • D.

      Leaving Las Vegas

    Correct Answer
    D. Leaving Las Vegas
    Explanation
    Nicolas Cage won a Best Actor Oscar in 1996 for the film "Leaving Las Vegas." In this movie, Cage portrayed the character of Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic screenwriter who goes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. Cage's performance in this film was highly acclaimed, and he received critical praise for his portrayal of a deeply troubled character. His powerful and emotionally charged performance in "Leaving Las Vegas" earned him the prestigious Best Actor award at the Oscars in 1996.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the first black performer to win an Academy Award?

    • A.

      Hattie McDaniel

    • B.

      Whoopi Goldberg

    • C.

      Denzel Washington

    • D.

      Sydney Poitier

    Correct Answer
    A. Hattie McDaniel
    Explanation
    Hattie McDaniel was the first black performer to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Gone with the Wind" in 1939. McDaniel's win was significant as it broke barriers and paved the way for future black performers in the film industry. Her talent and portrayal of the character Mammy were recognized and celebrated, making her a trailblazer in the history of the Academy Awards.

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  • 13. 

    Which actress won the Best Actress Oscar in 2000?

    • A.

      Annette Bening

    • B.

      Hillary Swank

    • C.

      Meryl Streep

    • D.

      Julianne Moore

    Correct Answer
    B. Hillary Swank
    Explanation
    Hillary Swank won the Best Actress Oscar in 2000. This can be determined by the fact that she is the only actress listed who has won the award. Annette Bening, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore have all been nominated for Best Actress Oscars, but they did not win in the year 2000. Therefore, Hillary Swank is the correct answer.

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  • 14. 

    Which film beat "Star Wars" as Best Picture in 1978?

    • A.

      The Turning Point

    • B.

      The Goodbye Girl

    • C.

      Annie Hall

    • D.

      Julia

    Correct Answer
    C. Annie Hall
    Explanation
    Annie Hall won the Best Picture award in 1978, beating "Star Wars." This film, directed by Woody Allen, is a romantic comedy that explores the complexities of relationships and the struggles of love. It is known for its innovative storytelling techniques, witty dialogue, and memorable performances by Diane Keaton and Woody Allen. Annie Hall's win over "Star Wars," a groundbreaking science fiction film, may be attributed to its strong screenplay, relatable themes, and its ability to resonate with the Academy voters on a more personal and emotional level.

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  • 15. 

    Which actress beat Kate Winslet's role in "Titanic" for the Best Actress Oscar in 1998?

    • A.

      Judi Dench

    • B.

      Helen Hunt

    • C.

      Helena Bonham Carter

    • D.

      Julie Christie

    Correct Answer
    B. Helen Hunt
    Explanation
    Helen Hunt won the Best Actress Oscar in 1998, beating Kate Winslet's role in "Titanic".

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  • 16. 

    What was the first animated film to be nominated as Best Picture Oscar?

    • A.

      Dumbo

    • B.

      Beauty and the Beast

    • C.

      The Little Mermaid

    • D.

      Cinderella

    Correct Answer
    B. Beauty and the Beast
    Explanation
    Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Released in 1991, it was a groundbreaking film that pushed the boundaries of animation and storytelling. It received critical acclaim for its beautiful animation, memorable music, and compelling characters. The nomination for Best Picture was a significant recognition of the film's artistic and cultural impact, solidifying its place in cinematic history.

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  • 17. 

    Which film beat "Four Weddings and a Funeral" for the Best Picture Oscar in 1995?

    • A.

      Pulp Fiction

    • B.

      Quiz Show

    • C.

      The Shawshank Redemption

    • D.

      Forrest Gump

    Correct Answer
    D. Forrest Gump
    Explanation
    Forrest Gump won the Best Picture Oscar in 1995, beating "Four Weddings and a Funeral". The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, tells the story of a simple-minded man named Forrest Gump who unwittingly becomes a part of major historical events in the United States. The film was praised for its heartwarming story, Tom Hanks' performance as Forrest Gump, and its seamless blend of fictional characters with real historical figures. It became a critical and commercial success, resonating with audiences worldwide and ultimately earning the prestigious Best Picture award.

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  • 18. 

    What movie won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture?

    • A.

      All Quiet on the Western Front

    • B.

      It Happened One Night

    • C.

      Wings

    • D.

      Grand Hotel

    Correct Answer
    C. Wings
    Explanation
    Wings won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture. Released in 1927, it is a silent war film directed by William A. Wellman. The movie follows the story of two World War I fighter pilots and their experiences in combat. Wings is known for its groundbreaking aerial sequences and impressive technical achievements. It was recognized by the Academy as the best picture of the year, setting the stage for the prestigious award in years to come.

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  • 19. 

    What two actresses tied for Best Actress at the 1968 Academy Awards?

    • A.

      Patricia Neal & Vanessa Redgrave

    • B.

      Anne Bancroft & Liza Minnelli

    • C.

      Joanne Woodward & Ruth Gordon

    • D.

      Katharine Hepburn & Barbra Streisand

    Correct Answer
    D. Katharine Hepburn & Barbra Streisand
    Explanation
    Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress at the 1968 Academy Awards. This means that both actresses received an equal number of votes from the Academy members, resulting in a tie. They were both recognized for their outstanding performances in different films that year.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the first actor/actress to win four Academy Awards?

    • A.

      Meryl Streep

    • B.

      Robert Redford

    • C.

      Katharine Hepburn

    • D.

      Jack Nicholson

    Correct Answer
    C. Katharine Hepburn
    Explanation
    Katharine Hepburn was the first actor/actress to win four Academy Awards. She was a highly acclaimed and influential actress known for her strong performances and independent spirit. Hepburn's talent and versatility allowed her to excel in a variety of roles, earning her multiple awards and recognition throughout her career. Her four Academy Awards were a testament to her exceptional acting skills and enduring impact on the film industry.

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  • 21. 

    Which film was the first filmed in color to win the Best Picture Academy Award?

    • A.

      Gone With the Wind

    • B.

      The Wizard of Oz

    • C.

      Grand Illusion

    • D.

      The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Correct Answer
    A. Gone With the Wind
    Explanation
    Gone With the Wind was the first film to win the Best Picture Academy Award in color. The film, released in 1939, was a groundbreaking achievement in terms of its use of Technicolor technology. The vibrant and rich colors showcased in the film set a new standard for visual storytelling in cinema. Gone With the Wind's success paved the way for future color films to be recognized and awarded by the Academy.

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  • 22. 

    Which was the only silent film to win Best Picture Oscar?

    • A.

      The Racket

    • B.

      Wings

    • C.

      The Tramp

    • D.

      Modern Times

    Correct Answer
    B. Wings
    Explanation
    Wings is the correct answer because it is the only silent film to have won the Best Picture Oscar. Released in 1927, Wings is a World War I epic that tells the story of two fighter pilots and their experiences in the war. It was praised for its groundbreaking aerial combat sequences and technical achievements. The film's win at the first-ever Academy Awards in 1929 solidified its place in history as the only silent film to receive the prestigious Best Picture award.

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  • 23. 

    What film first won the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay?

    • A.

      It Happened One Night

    • B.

      The Silence of the Lambs

    • C.

      One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • D.

      Gone With the Wind

    Correct Answer
    A. It Happened One Night
    Explanation
    "It Happened One Night" is the correct answer because it was the first film to win all five major Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. Released in 1934, the romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra starred Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Its success at the Oscars solidified its place in cinema history and set a precedent for future award-winning films.

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