The Oscar Quiz

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1) Dede Gardner ’90CC, a producer of this year’s best-picture nominee The Big Short, was also a producer of which best-picture nominees from the past two years?
A) Gravity and Birdman
B) 12 Years a Slave and Selma
C) The Wolf of Wall Street and American Sniper

2) Jennifer Lee ’05SOA, writer and codirector of 2013’s best animated feature, Frozen, holds which of the following two distinctions?
A) First woman to direct a Walt Disney animated feature film
B) First female writer at a major studio to become a director
C) First woman to direct a film grossing over one billion dollars in box-office revenue
D) First woman to direct an Oscar-winning animated feature

3) Simon Kinberg ’03SOA, a producer of this year’s best-picture nominee The Martian, wrote which of these films starring Brad Pitt?
A) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
B) Meet Joe Black
C) Mr. and Mrs. Smith

4) In a scene from the 2010 best-picture nominee The Kids Are All Right, directed and cowritten by Lisa Cholodenko ’97SOA, Nic (Annette Bening) and Paul (Mark Ruffalo) get into an impassioned conversation about which album?
A) Blue, by Joni Mitchell
B) Modern Times, by Bob Dylan
C) Pearl, by Janis Joplin

5) What did both Oscar-winning films written by William Goldman ’56GSAS — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and All the President’s Men (1976) — have in common?
A) Both were directed by Alan J. Pakula
B) Both starred Paul Newman
C) Both featured music by Burt Bacharach
D) Both were based on real-life events

6) In the 1999 drama Boys Don’t Cry, directed by Kimberly Peirce ’96SOA, Hilary Swank won best actress for her portrayal of which character?
A) A female boxer who competes against a man
B) A transgender man in Nebraska
C) The first female fighter pilot
D) A female racecar driver who disguises herself as a man in order to compete

7) Which actress did James Mangold ’99SOA direct to Oscar gold in his 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted?
A) Winona Ryder
B)  Angelina Jolie
C) Brittany Murphy

8) For which of the following Oscar-nominated Ang Lee films did School of the Arts professor of professional practice James Schamus receive both producing and writing credits?
A) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
B) Brokeback Mountain (2004)
C) Life of Pi (2012)

9) Joseph L. Mankiewicz ’28CC nabbed both best-director and best-adapted-screenplay honors two years in a row with which back-to-back hits?
A) A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950)
B) Julius Caesar (1953) and The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
C) The Quiet American (1958) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

10) The 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, whose cast included George Segal ’55CC in the role of Nick, made Oscar history by being:
A) The first film to receive a nomination in every eligible category 
B) The first film to have its entire credited cast nominated
C) The first nominated film to feature Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor together
D) All of the above

11) Which filmmaker presented Kathryn Bigelow ’81SOA with her Oscar for best director in 2010?
A) Nora Ephron
B) Barbra Streisand
C) Sofia Coppola

12) George Lucas, father of the Oscar-winning Star Wars franchise, has cited the writings of which Columbia alumnus as a major influence on his work?
A) Anthropologist Leslie White ’23CC
B) Mythologist Joseph Campbell ’25CC
C) Religion professor Joseph Leon Blau ’34CC


The Oscar Quiz

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