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1. “Shakespeare in Love” won the Oscar for best picture in 1998, a year in which the best-picture category was dominated by socially aware and/or literary movies. Which of these thought-provoking films of 1998 was not nominated for best picture?
a) “The Thin Red Line”
b) “Gods & Monsters”
d) “Saving Private Ryan”
2. David Strathairn is up for best actor for his role as TV journalist Edward R. Murrow in the best-picture nominee “Good Night, and Good Luck.” All of the actors below have also portrayed media figures. Which one's role was villainous?
a) Cate Blanchett
b) Denzel Washington
c) Jonathan Pryce
d) Rosalind Russell
3. Big box office wasn't enough to push “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in front of the other nominees for best picture in 1981. Which film ultimately won?
b) “Atlantic City”
c) “Chariots of Fire”
d) “On Golden Pond”
4. Two 1965 Oscar nominees for best picture rank among the Top 10 all-time grossing films (inflation-adjusted). One was “Doctor Zhivago.” What was the other?
a) “The Sound of Music”
c) “Ship of Fools”
d) “A Thousand Clowns”
5. In 2003, “Lost in Translation” was the only true independent film nominated for best picture. Here are the other nominees that year. Which was the winner?
a) “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
b) “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”
c) “Mystic River”
6. Although it wasn't a box-office blockbuster, a 1962 courtroom drama about bigotry versus tolerance won three Oscars. It is now used by teachers across the country. Which of these is it?
a) “To Kill a Mockingbird”
b) “Lawrence of Arabia”
c) “Inherit the Wind”
d) “A Few Good Men”
7. “Star Wars,” one of the all-time box-office hits, picked up nominations for best picture, director, supporting actor and original screenplay for 1977. Which ones did it win?
a) Best picture
b) Best director and supporting actor
c) Original screenplay
d) No wins in the top categories
8. Much has been made of the relationship between the characters of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, both up for their roles in best-picture nominee “Brokeback Mountain.” Of these on-screen pairings, which is not a romantic couple?
a) Nathan Lane and Robin Williams
b) Meryl Streep and Allison Janney
c) Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany
d) Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas
9. Best actress in 2000 for “Erin Brockovich,” Julia Roberts has the distinction of being in 10 movies that have grossed more than $100 million. Of the following women who have been in at least five films making $100 million plus, who is an Oscar winner?
a) Jada Pinkett Smith
b) Cameron Diaz
c) Glenn Close
d) Halle Berry
10. Of the actors who have been in $100 million grossing movies, Tom Hanks leads the pack at 14 and has the most Oscar nominations and wins. Of these other leaders, which one has garnered no Oscar acting nominations?
a) Tom Cruise
b) Mel Gibson
c) Samuel L. Jackson
d) Harrison Ford