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Think you're a movie buff? Prove it with our Academy Awards quiz

Shaun Harrison
1 of 31 Dale Robinette/DreamWorks, Merie Wallace/Fox Searchlight


Think you're a movie buff? It's time to prove it! Gear up for the Oscars with our trivia quiz on all things Academy Awards. Click ahead for the first question. Make your guess and check it against the answer slide. Then, continue on and see if you should be given a statue for your supreme knowledge.
2 of 31 Geraldine Page courtesy Universal/Kobal Collection, Katharine Hepburn by Ron Galella/WireImage.com, Shirley MacLaine by Vera Anderson/WireImage.com, Jessica Tandy by Ron Galella/WireImage


Who says there are no good parts for women of a certain age? This leading lady won a best actress Oscar for her role in Driving Miss Daisy and remains the oldest best actress winner to date. Who is she? A. Geraldine Page B. Katharine Hepburn C. Shirley MacLaine D. Jessica Tandy
3 of 31 Warner Bros./Kobal Collection

Answer: Jessica Tandy

Tandy was 80 when she won.
4 of 31 Barbara Streisand by Ron Galella/WireImage.com, Katharine Hepburn courtesy Columbia/Kobal Collection


The only tie in Academy Award history occurred in the best actress category. Funny Girl's Barbra Streisand tied with Katharine Hepburn. What film did Hepburn win for? A. The African Queen B. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner C. The Lion in Winter D. Suddenly, Last Summer
5 of 31 AVCO/Kobal Collection

Answer: The Lion in Winter

Hepburn won her third Oscar for her performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine.
6 of 31 Hillary Swank by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic, Helen Mirren by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com, Cate Blanchett by Mike Flokis/Getty Images, Judi Dench by Jon Furniss/WireImage


In the past 10 years, only one actress has won best actress twice. Who is it? A. Hilary Swank B. Helen Mirren C. Cate Blanchett D. Judi Dench
7 of 31 Boys Don’t Cry courtesy Kobal Collection, Million Dollar Baby by Merie W. Wallace/Warner Bros.

Answer: Hilary Swank

Swank gender-bended her way to Oscar No. 1 in 1999's Boys Don't Cry and then knocked out the competition five years later in Million Dollar Baby.
8 of 31 Lee Celano/AFP/Getty Images

Denzel Washington picked up his second Oscar for which film?

A. The Hurricane B. Malcolm X C. Cry Freedom D. Training Day
9 of 31 Warner Brothers

Answer: Training Day

King Kong ain't got s--- on him. Washington's bad-ass cop beat out the likes of Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Will Smith and Tom Wilkinson.
10 of 31 Frank Micelotta/WireImage.com


Helen Mirren's royal performance in The Queen won her a best actress Oscar. Which Queen did she portray? A. Queen Elizabeth I B. Queen Elizabeth II C. Queen Charlotte D. Mary, Queen of Scots
11 of 31 Laurie Sparham/Miramax

Answer: Queen Elizabeth II

Mirren portrayed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death.
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In 2009, the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his turn in The Dark Knight. He is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination, but only the second in the supporting actor category. Who was the first? A. James Dean B. Massimo Troisi C. Sir Ralph Richardson D. Peter Finch
13 of 31 Warner Bros./Everett Collection

Answer: Sir Ralph Richardson

Richardson was nominated for 1983's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
14 of 31 Everett Collection


Beatrice Straight's nearly six-minute performance in Network netted her a supporting actress win and is still the shortest performance ever to score an Oscar. None of this year's nominated performances in the category are that short, but 2009 nominee Viola Davis' one-scene spectacle in Doubt was pretty brief. How long is her performance in the film? A. 9 minutes B. 12 minutes C. 16 minutes D. 20 minutes
15 of 31 Andrew Schwartz/Miramax

Answer: 12 minutes

Davis has a snotty (literally!) confrontation with Meryl Streep in Doubt.
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With her lead actress nomination for The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep now has a record 17 Oscar nominations, but only two wins. For which film did she receive her first nomination? A. Sophie's Choice B. Kramer vs. Kramer C. The French Lieutenant's Woman D. The Deer Hunter
17 of 31 Universal/Everett Collection

Answer: The Deer Hunter

Streep lost to Maggie Smith (California Suite). She won her first Oscar a year later for her supporting role in Kramer vs. Kramer.
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How many stars received their first acting Oscar nomination this year? A. 6 B. 9 C. 12 D. 15

19 of 31 The Weinstein Company

Answer: 9

Of the 20 acting nominees, nine received their first nomination this year: Demian Bichir, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.
20 of 31 Kobal Collection


We all remember Roberto Benigni's exuberant win for best actor for Life is Beautiful in 1999. With that win, he became the second person to direct himself to an acting Oscar. Who was the first? A. Laurence Olivier B. Clint Eastwood C. Mel Gibson D. Warren Beatty
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Answer: Laurence Olivier

Olivier directed and starred in 1948's Hamlet.
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Seven films have won both lead actor and lead actress statuettes for their stars. Which of the following is not one of them? A. On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn) B. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher) C. It Happened One Night (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert) D. A Streetcar Named Desire (Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh)
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Answer: A Streetcar Named Desire

Brando lost to Bogie himself, Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen).
24 of 31 Ron Galella/WireImage.com; courtesy Everett Collection; Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images


Behind every star, there's a great supporting actor. Six men have won at least two supporting actor statues. One of them has won three. Who is it? A. Anthony Quinn B. Walter Brennan C. Michael Caine D. Melvyn Douglas
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Answer: Walter Brennan

Brennan was nominated four times in supporting actor and won three of them for Come and Get It, Kentucky and The Westerner.
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Kate Winslet finally won her first Oscar in 2009 for The Reader after six nominations. The then-33-year-old was the youngest performer to earn six nominations. Who held the record before her? A. Bette Davis B. Greer Garson C. Katharine Hepburn D. Ingrid Bergman
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Answer: Bette Davis

Davis earned her sixth nomination at 34 for Now, Voyager.
28 of 31 Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Ron Galella/WireImage.com; Joe Corrigan/Getty Images; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images


Eleven people have received two acting nominations in the same year. Seven of them have converted one into a win, but nobody's ever won both. Who of the following went home a double loser? A. Holly Hunter B. Teresa Wright C. Emma Thompson D. Jessica Lange
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Answer: Emma Thompson

In 1994, Emma Thompson went 0-for-2 in lead actress for The Remains of the Day and in supporting actress for In the Name of the Father. Don't feel too bad for her though: She had already won best actress the year before for Howard's End and later won a screenplay Oscar for Sense and Sensibility.
30 of 31 Ron Galella/WireImage.com; Steve Granitz/WireImage.com


No one wants to be a one-hit wonder, so what better way to back up an Oscar win than by winning another one the year after? Five people have won back-to-back Academy Awards, including Katharine Hepburn, Tom Hanks, Spencer Tracy and Luise Rainer. Who's the fifth? A. Jason Robards B. Marlon Brando C. Sally Field D. Shelley Winters
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Answer: Jason Robards

Jason Robards is the only actor to win back-to-back supporting actor Oscars. He won in 1977 for All the President's Men and in 1978 for Julia. No one has ever won back to back in supporting actress.