An Oscar trivia quiz to help with the dull spots

Tom Long
The Detroit News

It’s the Super Bowl of show biz; admit it, you’ll be watching the 87th Academy Awards show tomorrow night.

If so, you’ll probably find yourself with a bit of down time between the awards for sound editing and costume design. So why not play this nifty little game of Oscar trivia with those you love? You can bet potato chips or hundred dollar bills, up to you.

One thing’s for sure: If anyone actually knows the answers to all these questions, they need to either be institutionalized or put to work in some secret role for the government. The answers can be found on page 2C.

A: How many times has Anthony Hopkins been nominated for the best actor Oscar? How many times has he won?

B: How many film trilogies have had all three films nominated for best picture?

C: A musical has won best picture only once since 1969: Which musical?

D: Animated films have been nominated for best picture three times since 1991. Name the three nominees.

E: This year Meryl Streep received her record-setting 19th Oscar nomination for “Into the Woods.” What actor has the most nominations?

F: What actor has the most acting Oscar wins?

G: Since 2000, three actors have gotten nominations in both lead and supporting categories in the same year. Who are they?

H: Only one actor has won consecutive Oscars since 1990. Who?

I: What one role won Oscars for two different actors?

J: Prior to 2000, only six black actors had won Oscars. How many black actors have won Oscars since?

K: Who is the youngest man to win best actor?

L: Who is the youngest woman to win best actress?

M: When were the Academy Awards televised for the first time?

N: Who has hosted the most Academy Awards shows?

O: Since 2000, two people have hosted the Oscars while being nominees. Who are they?

Oscar trivia answers

A: Four times: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1992), “The Remains of the Day” (1993), “Nixon” (1995) and “Amistad” (1997). He won for “Lambs.”

B: Two: “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” each won best picture, while “The Lord of the Rings” didn't win until the third film.

C: “Chicago” (2002)

D: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009), “Toy Story 3” (2010)

E: Jack Nicholson with 12

F: Jack Nicholson, three

G: Julianne Moore in 2002 (“Far From Heaven,” “The Hours), Jamie Foxx in 2004 (“Ray,” “Collateral”), and Cate Blanchett in 2007 (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “I’m Not There”)

H: Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994)

I: Don Vito Corleone. Marlon Brando won best actor for playing him in “The Godfather,” Robert De Niro won best supporting actor for playing a younger version in “The Godfather Part II”

J: Eight: Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Denzel Washington (“Training Day”), Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Jamie Foxx (“Ray”), Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”), Mo’Nique (“Precious”), Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”)

K: Adrien Brody for 2002’s “The Pianist” at age 29

L: Marlee Matlin for 1986’s “Children of a Lesser God” at age 21

M: 1953

N: Bob Hope with 19; Billy Crystal is second with 9

O:James Franco was up for best actor when he co-hosted in 2011, and Seth MacFarlane was nominated for best original song when he hosted in 2013


The 87th Academy Awards show

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris

Red carpet show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday