A grueling survival tale from the filmmaking team that won last year's top Oscars. A 70-year-old director's dystopian feminist action sequel. An old-school journalism procedural. A financial-crisis dissection from the guy who brought you "Anchorman." An all-white slate of acting nominees that drew protests and prompted calls for reforms in Hollywood.
The 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night will provide much fodder for Oscar trivia geeks in the coming years. But, for now, there's this: You're Leonardo DiCaprio.
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1. This will be the second Academy Awards ceremony with Chris Rock as host, and this year the all-white slate of acting nominees has been the subject of heated debate. How many acting nominations went to black performers the first time Rock hosted?
Which of the following is NOT true of the honorary Oscar recipient Spike Lee, who has said he's skipping the ceremony because of the lack of diversity?
A. He received a screenplay nomination, but not a directing nomination, for "Do the Right Thing."
B. He received a directing nomination, but not a screenplay nomination, for "Malcolm X."
C. He received a documentary feature nomination for "4 Little Girls."
D. None of his films have won an Oscar in any category.
3. Women are nominated as co-writers of "Inside Out" and "Straight Outta Compton" in the original screenplay category and as the sole writers of "Carol" and "Room" in the adapted screenplay category. What was the most recent movie for which a woman won a screenplay Oscar?
A. "The Kids Are All Right"
D. "Brokeback Mountain"
4. Leonardo DiCaprio received his fifth acting nomination for his lead performance in "The Revenant." Who HASN'T he lost to?
A. Daniel Day-Lewis
B. Jamie Foxx
C. Tommy Lee Jones
D. Forest Whitaker
5. "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" are considered viable best-picture contenders despite six or fewer Oscar nominations. By comparison, another front-runner, "The Revenant," received 12. What was the last best-picture winner with six or fewer nominations?
A. "The Hurt Locker"
B. "The Departed"
D. "Chariots of Fire"
6. Which of these Oscar-nominated films does NOT feature a main character named Joy?
B. "Inside Out"
7. Sylvester Stallone received a best supporting actor nomination for playing the same character in "Creed" as he played 39 years earlier in "Rocky" (1976), when he was nominated for best actor. Who of the following has NOT received two Oscar nominations for playing the same character in different movies?
A. Cate Blanchett
B. Bing Crosby
C. Peter O'Toole
D. Vanessa Redgrave
8. Nominated for "The Revenant" after winning last year for "Birdman," Alejandro G. Iñárritu could become the first winner of consecutive best director Oscars since ...
A. Francis Ford Coppola
B. John Ford
C. Elia Kazan
D. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
9. With her best actress nomination for "Joy," Jennifer Lawrence, at 25, became the youngest performer to tally four Oscar nominations. Who was the previous record-holder, receiving her fourth acting nomination at 27?
A. Bette Davis
B. Jennifer Jones
C. Elizabeth Taylor
D. Kate Winslet
10. "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Revenant" are only the fourth and fifth movies to be nominated in all seven of these technical categories: cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design/art direction, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects. Which WASN'T one of the other three?
B. "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
ANSWERS 1. A. In that ceremony honoring 2004 films, Jamie Foxx (who won for "Ray") and Don Cheadle ("Hotel Rwanda") were up for best actor; Morgan Freeman (who won for "Million Dollar Baby") and Foxx ("Collateral") were up for best supporting actor; and Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") was up for best supporting actress.
2. B. He wasn't nominated in either category for "Malcolm X" (1992).
3. C. Diablo Cody won the original screenplay award for "Juno" (2007).
4. A. He lost his supporting actor bid for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) to Jones ("The Fugitive") and his lead-actor bids for "The Aviator" (2004) and "Blood Diamond" (2006) to Foxx ("Ray") and Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"). Also, his nominated lead performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013) was trumped by Matthew McConaughey's in "Dallas Buyers Club." 5. B. "The Departed" (2006) received five nominations and won four Oscars, including best picture and director (Martin Scorsese).
6. A. The main character is Eilis.
7. D. Blanchett received best actress nominations for playing Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007); Crosby received consecutive best actor nominations for playing Father Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944, he won) and "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945); and O'Toole received best actor nominations for playing King Henry II in "Becket" (1964) and "The Lion in Winter" (1968). Paul Newman ("The Hustler," "The Color of Money") and Al Pacino ("The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II") also received same-character nominations.
8. D. Mankiewicz won for "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950). Ford previously won consecutively for "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "How Green Was My Valley" (1941).
9. B. Jones won best actress for "The Song of Bernadette" (1943) and over the next three years was nominated for best supporting actress ("Since You Went Away") and lead actress twice ("Love Letters" and "Duel in the Sun").
10 C. "Avatar" was not nominated for costume design.