And the Award Goes To … : The Oscars Quiz
by Staff
We want to thank the Academy for giving us lots of history, trivia and old-fashioned gossip to make this quiz possible. Oh, we're running out of time — we'll wrap it up so you can start testing your Oscars knowledge.

What year did the first Academy Awards ceremony take place?

  • 1929
  • 1935
  • 1940

Where was the first ceremony held?

  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
  • the living room of the Academy's president

When was the ceremony first broadcast by radio?

  • 1955
  • 1944
  • 1960

How much did a ticket cost to the first Oscars?

  • $7
  • $5
  • Tickets weren't for sale.

Who received the first Oscar ever presented?

  • Douglas Fairbanks
  • Emil Jannings
  • Mary Pickford

Which "talkie" won a Special Award in 1929?

  • "Metropolis"
  • "Birth of a Nation"
  • "The Jazz Singer"

How much does an Academy Award weigh?

  • 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms)
  • 6 pounds
  • 8 pounds

What's the (possibly mythical) origin of the statuette's nickname "Oscar"?

  • An Academy employee claimed the statuette resembled her uncle Oscar.
  • One of the first winners was named Oscar.
  • It stands for "only stars can achieve rewards."

When was the ceremony first televised?

  • 1946
  • 1949
  • 1953

Who was the host of the first televised Oscars?

  • Steve Allen
  • George Burns
  • Bob Hope

In 1959 Jerry Lewis had to fill 20 minutes when the show ended early. What did he do?

  • He brought stars up for a dance contest.
  • He did a striptease.
  • He walked off and left 20 minutes of dead air.

Which of these was once a nominated category?

  • Best Title Writing
  • Best Craft Service
  • Best Trailer

What movie is NOT tied as the film with the most Oscar nominations ever?

  • "All About Eve"
  • "Titanic"
  • "Citizen Kane"

What is the record for the most Oscars a single film has won?

  • nine
  • 11
  • 15

Which actress won Best Actress for her film debut?

  • Julie Andrews
  • Meryl Streep
  • Katharine Hepburn

What are the statuettes made of?

  • solid gold
  • a metal alloy plated in copper, silver and gold
  • plastic plated in gold

What "Star Wars" film was nominated for Best Picture?

  • "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope"
  • "Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back"
  • "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi"

What was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture?

  • "Snow White"
  • "Beauty and the Beast"
  • "The Little Mermaid"

What distinguished "Midnight Cowboy" as a Best Picture winner?

  • No one claimed the statuette.
  • It had an X rating.
  • None of the producers used their own names for the film.

When did the first woman receive an Academy Award for Best Director?

  • 2010
  • 1994
  • 1984

What actress has won the most Oscars?

  • Judi Dench
  • Meryl Streep
  • Katharine Hepburn

What non-human has hosted the show?

  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Donald Duck
  • Gollum

Who made history as the first African-American to win an Academy Award?

  • Sidney Poitier
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Denzel Washington

When did the next African-American woman win an acting Oscar after Hattie McDaniel?

  • 1972
  • 1984
  • 1991

How many times has Meryl Streep been nominated for an Oscar?

  • 10
  • 14
  • 18

What woman has the most nominations?

  • Edith Head
  • Elaine May
  • Kathleen Kennedy

Who is Sacheen Littlefeather?

  • the woman who went up for Marlon Brando to decline his Oscar
  • the youngest acting nominee
  • the first president of the Academy

Who has hosted the Oscars the most?

  • Billy Crystal
  • Bob Hope
  • Johnny Carson

What woman has hosted the most Oscars?

  • Tina Fey
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Ellen DeGeneres

How long was the shortest Oscar speech?

  • two words
  • 15 seconds
  • 45 seconds