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Test Your Knowledge of the Oscars With Our Quiz

Get your trivia award acceptance speech ready


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Hollywood’s finest are set to walk the red carpet at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony, airing March 10 on ABC. Before you see who takes to the stage to thank the Academy, see how well you remember some of the Oscars’ more memorable moments with our trivia quiz.

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Question 1 of 10

Which of these screen legends has won the most Oscars for best actress?

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No actor of either gender has matched Hepburn’s quartet of best actress statuettes for her work in 1933’s Morning Glory, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1968’s The Lion in Winter and 1981’s On Golden Pond. (For the record, Meryl Streep has three statuettes — two for best actress and one for best supporting actress — from a whopping 21 nominations.) 

Question 2 of 10

True or false: Marlon Brando declined his 1972 best actor Oscar for The Godfather.

While he accepted his award for 1954’s On the Waterfront, the actor famously announced that he would boycott the 1972 ceremony to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans. Activist Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony and accepted the award for him.

Question 3 of 10

True or false: Steven Spielberg has won more Academy Awards for best director than any other director.

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Spielberg has been nominated nine times for best director and won three times. John Ford, on the other hand, snagged a quartet, including back-to-back wins for 1940’s The Grapes of Wrath and 1941’s How Green Was My Valley.

Question 4 of 10

Which one of these films won 11 Oscars in 1998, including best picture?

In the company of 1959’s Ben Hur and 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 1997’s Titanic was nominated for 14 Oscars and joined the winner’s circle for 11 wins in a single night.

Question 5 of 10

Which best picture winner had the fewest spoken words of any Oscar-winning film?

A critics’ darling, this 2011 nearly silent black-and-white comedy-drama depicted Hollywood at the brink of the talkies between 1927 and 1932. It contained just one scene with a few lines of dialogue.

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Question 6 of 10

In 2001, Icelandic musician Björk walked the red carpet in a dress fashioned to look like what animal?

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Björk was nominated for best original song for “I’ve Seen It All” from the movie Dancer in the Dark. Her now-iconic swan dress by designer Marjan Pejoski even featured an egg, which Björk dropped as she posed for paparazzi on the red carpet.

Question 7 of 10

Which 2006 Oscar-winning film is based on a short story?

Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name was the basis for the 2005 film that went on to win three Academy Awards (including best adapted screenplay). The original story was published in The New Yorker in 1997 and won the National Magazine Award for fiction.

Question 8 of 10

At the 2017 ceremony, which movie was incorrectly announced as the winner for best picture?

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To end the telecast with a confusing bang, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were presenting best picture, but Beatty was inadvertently handed the envelope announcing Emma Stone as the best actress winner for La La Land. When Beatty looked at the envelope with confusion, Dunaway took it and incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner. The La La Land cast, crew and filmmakers took the stage to accept the award, and were then informed that a mistake had been made and Moonlight was the actual winner.

Question 9 of 10

Where was the 2020 best picture winner Parasite filmed?

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South Korea’s Parasite became the first movie to win both best international feature film — a new name for the category beginning that year — and best picture.

Question 10 of 10

Which actor made news by slapping Oscar host Chris Rock at the 2022 ceremony?

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Will Smith took offense at Rock’s joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia. Smith publicly apologized the following day and then resigned from the Academy, but was banned from the telecast and Academy-related functions for 10 years.

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