Are You Ready for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards?

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Bambi Turner

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He previously won a Golden Globe for his role in "Walk the Line." Can you name the actor who plays the title role in "Joker?"

Joaquin Phoenix lost more than 50 pounds to play Arthur Fleck, a comic slowly descending into madness in the DC Comics blockbuster "Joker." The film earned four Golden Globes nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Drama.

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Renee Zellweger earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of this entertainment icon.

A biopic focused on the last year of Judy Garland's life, "Judy" picked up its only 2020 Golden Globes nomination thanks to Renee Zellweger's work in the title role. Based on a play called "End of the Rainbow," the movie details Garland's struggles with addiction and mental health as she performed in theater productions in London.

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War drama "1917" picked up nominations for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Score. Which war does the film depict?

Set in the trenches of WWI, "1917" is a story about two British soldiers trying to defy impossible odds to save their allies from an ambush. The film was inspired by war stories told to director Sam Mendes by his grandfather, who served on the side of the Brits during WWI.

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A black comedy about a poor family trying to infiltrate a rich one, where was the film "Parasite" made?

The rare foreign-made film to find significant mainstream awards success, South Korean dark comedy "Parasite" was the first Korean film ever to win the coveted Palme d'Or award at Cannes. Nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film, the movie focuses on the Kims, a poor family attempting to infiltrate the lives of the wealthy Park family.

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Do you know which larger than life musician inspired the hit flick "Rocketman," which earned a nomination for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical?

Elton John biopic "Rocketman" earned star Taron Egerton a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, along with a nod for Best Picture and Best Original Song. The title comes from the crooner's iconic 1972 song "Rocket Man," which was written by John's longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

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Amy, Beth, Meg and ...? Name the fourth of the "Little Women," who is played by Saoirse Ronan in the 2019 film adaptation.

Saoirse Ronan earned a 2020 Golden Globes Best Actress nomination for her role as the feisty Josephine "Jo" March in the 2019 film. Based on the beloved 1868 book by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Little Women" also stars Meryl Streep and Emma Watson.

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Know which TV news journalist Charlize Theron portrays in the film "Bombshell?"

A film dramatizing the sexual harassment charges against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, "Bombshell" picked up nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 2020 Globes. The movie stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, with Nicole Kidman in the role of Gretchen Carlson.

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A film starring Anthony Hopkins was nominated for Best Drama at the 2020 Golden Globes. What is the title?

Anthony Hopkins plays Benedict XVI with Jonathan Pryce as the future Pope Francis in "The Two Popes." The Netflix production got four nominations, an honor shared by "Joker."

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What's the most surprising thing about the title character in Best Motion Picture nominee "Jojo Rabbit?"

"Jojo Rabbit" features young Roman Griffin Davis as Hitler Youth member Jojo Betzler. The dark comedy also features Scarlett Johansson as Jojo's mom Rosie, a woman doing her best to conceal a young Jewish girl in the family attic as the Nazis close in.

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Taylor Swift makes the move from music to movies in a flick nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe. Can you name the film Swift appears in?

Inspired by a 1939 book of poetry and a popular 1981 musical, the 2019 movie version of "Cats" features singer Taylor Swift in the role of Bombalurina. Swift also earned the flick its own Golden Globes nod — a nomination for Best Original Song for "Beautiful Ghosts," which she co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Scarlett Johansson stars in a film with six 2020 Golden Globe nominations — more than any other movie. Name that picture!

In "Marriage Story," Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver play a couple going through a divorce while living on opposite coasts. The film is nominated for more awards than any other picture at the 2020 Globes, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

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Which universally admired actor plays Mr. Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood?"

"Forrest Gump" star Tom Hanks picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of Fred Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." Hanks watched hundreds of hours of Mr. Rogers' work, as well as the 2018 documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" while preparing for the role.

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Despite its popularity, "Game of Thrones" only got one nomination at the 2020 Globes. Which actor earned the honor?

Kit Harington has the honor of earning "Game of Thrones" its only nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes. Famous for playing Night's Watch Lord Commander Jon Snow, Harington picked up the nomination in the Best Actor in a TV Drama category.

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Can you name the actor who takes on the role of auto icon Carroll Shelby in "Ford v. Ferrari?"

It's Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon, who appears as the famous Ford designer Carroll Shelby. It was co-star Christian Bale, however, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his work in the film. The movie focuses on the creation of the Ford GT40 and the Le Mans racing event of 1966.

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Which of these mysteries is finally resolved in the Martin Scorsese production "The Irishman?"

Netflix picked up five Golden Globe nominations for its 2019 Martin Scorsese production "The irishman." The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, who kills Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa with a pair of bullets, perhaps offering a possible solution to one of America's most famous unsolved mysteries.

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Know which major event is the focal point of "Richard Jewell," a film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Kathy Bates?

Richard Jewell was a security guard at Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics. Jewell was wrongly accused of setting off a bomb that killed one person and injured a hundred others. Kathy Bates earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jewell's mother Bobi in the film.

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Know which of these actors is NOT part of the ensemble cast appearing in black comedy "Knives Out," which received three nominations?

"Knives Out" received nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Best Actor for Daniel Craig and Best Actress for Marta Cabrera at the 2020 Golden Globes. This darkly funny flick features a battle of the heirs, who duke it out to see who gets the money after an elderly uncle is murdered during his 85th birthday celebration. While Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer all share the screen, Julia Roberts did not appear in the movie.

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What role does British actress Emma Thompson play in "Late Night?"

Emma Thompson earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy for her portrayal of talk show host Emma Newbury on "Late Night." the film co-stars Mindy Kaling of "The Office," who plays a young TV writer struggling to fit in among an older male crowd.

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She probably won't wear that iconic green dress to the Globes, but can you name the actress nominated for her role as a stripper in "Hustler?"

"Hustlers" earned only one nomination at the Golden Globes. The honor went to Jennifer Lopez, who got a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of dancer Ramona Vega. The movie, which is based on a 2015 magazine article about strippers who hustle their clients, also features Julia Stiles and Cardi B.

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Can you name the actress who plays the title role in "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" and earned the movie its only Globes nomination?

Based on a 2012 comedic novel, "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" stars Cate Blanchett as an anxious architect who mysteriously disappears, leaving her daughter to track her down. Blanchett picked up a Best Actress nomination for her role in the film, which also stars Billy Crudup and Kristen Wiig.

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Cynthia Erivo plays the title role in this powerful award-nominated biopic. Can you name it?

A film based on the life of slave turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman, "Harriet" earned two Golden Globes nominations, including one for actress Cynthia Erivo and another for Best Original Song. R&B singer Janelle Monae and country crooner Jennifer Nettles also appear in the movie.

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Fans couldn't let "Frozen" go so Disney made a sequel. What is the name of the reindeer in this animated flick?

Reindeer are better than people ... or at least, Sven is! A sequel to the mega-successful "Frozen," "Frozen II" continues the story of Elsa and Anna of Arendelle. The Disney flick also picked up a Golden Globe nod for Best Animated Film.

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You might know him best as Jack from "Titanic," but can you name the actor who stars in the 2019 comedy "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?"

In Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," Leonardo DiCaprio stars as '60s B-lister Rick Dalton. The flick, which also features Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Timothy Olyphant, earned a whopping five nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes.

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She'll be there for you ... Name the former "Friend" who stars on the TV series "The Morning Show."

It's Rachel herself, Jennifer Aniston, who earned a Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama nomination for her work on "The Morning Show." This Apple TV+ series, which premiered in 2019, also stars Reese Witherspoon, who picked up her own Globes nomination in the same category as co-star Aniston.

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Know what makes Mrs. Maisel so marvelous?

Rachel Brosnahan earned a Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series nod for her starring role in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," an Amazon Prime series about a '50s housewife turned comedian. Brosnahan's odds for victory are good, considering she won this award twice before, in 2018 and 2019.

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Move over Meghan! Which royal is the focus of TV drama series "The Crown?"

The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Britain's QEII is the focus of long-running drama series "The Crown. The TV show earned four nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes — more than any other television series.

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Based on a bestselling book by Liane Moriarity, do you know where HBO series "Big Little Lies" takes place?

Set in Monterey, California, "Big Little Lies" is a series about a group of women determined to solve a local murder. With an ensemble cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, the HBO show picked up three noms for the 2020 Golden Globes, including Best TV Drama Series.

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Rami Malek's work on "Bohemian Rhapsody" earned him a Golden Globe, but can you name the award-winning TV series he stars in on USA Network?

Malek stars as hacker and fsociety member Elliot Anderson on "Mr. Robot." His work on the dramatic series alongside Christian Slater earned him a 2020 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series.

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Which of these languages should you understand to enjoy Golden Globe-nominated foreign language film "Pain and Glory" sans subtitles?

Like all Globe-nominated foreign language flicks, 2020 nominee "Pain and Glory" doesn't include English dialect. The Spanish film stars Antonio Banderas as aging movie director Salvador Mallo, and also features Penelope Cruz.

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You might know him from "Beverly Hills Cop," but can you name the comic who stars in "Dolemite is My Name?"

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy appears as the title character in "Dolemite is My Name," a biopic based on the life of '70s comedian Rudy Ray Moore. In addition to a Best Actor nomination for Murphy, the flick earned a Golden Globe nom for Best Motion Picture - Comedy.

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Can you guess which of these shows earned actress Jodie Comer a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series?

It was her work as an insane assassin in BBC America series "Killing Eve" that earned Jodie Comer a Best Actress nomination at the 2020 Globes. The show, which is set in London and based on the Villanelle book series, also got a nod for Best TV Series - Drama.

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This Netflix production has two cast members, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, both up for Best Supporting Actor. Name the film.

The December 2019 announcement of the 2020 Golden Globe nominees gave "The Irishman" a 2/5 chance to win in the Best Supporting Actor category. That's because both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were nominated in this category for their work in the gritty Scorsese production.

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Marking Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, which nominated film focuses on two girls cutting loose before high school graduation?

The 2019 flick "Booksmart" earned star Beanie Feldstein a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of high school student Molly Davidson. Lisa Kudrow, Billie Lourd and Jason Sudeikis also appear in the flick.

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Know which studio earned a Best Animated Feature nomination at the 2020 Globes for its release "Missing Link?"

"Missing Link" is a stop motion film featuring a Sasquatch trying to make it to the Himalayas to visit relatives. The animated feature is the work of Laika, the studio behind films like "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls."

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It earned a 2020 Golden Globes nomination for Best TV Comedy Series, but do you know where the show "Fleabag" is set?

BBC America series "Fleabag" picked up three nominations in the 2020 Golden Globes race. Set in London, the show stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also wrote the series, as a young woman with morals that are questionable at best ... and abhorrent at worst.

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About This Quiz

Broadcast in more than 150 countries 'round the world, the Golden Globes are the third most-watched awards show of the season, with ratings just behind those of the Oscars and Grammys. This red carpet gala dates back to 1944, and while Oscar and Emmy winners are picked by members of the various industry academies, the stars who get to hold the coveted statues at the Golden Globes are selected by the press. Not just any journalist gets a vote, however. In fact, it's just the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a news organization with members from around 50 different countries, who choose every actor, actress, director, screenwriter and production that will be honored as the "Best" in their field each year.

While the show might seem to be all glitz and glam, it's actually got a surprisingly deep purpose; The proceeds from the Globes are directed toward entertainment charities and used to fund scholarships for young artists, including those with physical and mental disabilities. These millions in annual giving help keep the arts alive at a time when funding for acting or music education seems to be the first thing slashed from dwindling school budgets.

Nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced on Dec. 9, 2019, a little less than a month before the Jan. 5, 2020, live ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Think you know all there is to know about the nominees? Prove it with this quiz!

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