Blanchett, who received her first Academy Award nomination in 1998
for her leading role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, is
the fifth performer (and first woman) nominated for playing the
same role in two different films. She was nominated again for her
portrayal of the Virgin Queen in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
in 2008. The same year she was also nominated in the Best Supporting
Actress category for a very different role. Name the movie.
was nominated for her performance in a supporting role in I'm
Not There, below.
2. Who is the youngest performer
to accumulate 5 acting nominations?
In 2006, Kate Winslet, at
31, became the youngest performer to have received 5 nominations.
The previous record holder was Olivia de Havilland, who was
33 when she received her fifth nomination for The Heiress
Winslet received her 6th nomination
and first Oscar in 2009 for The Reader.
2. Seven men but only one woman
have won three or more Academy Awards in a single year. Who is she?
Walsh won three Oscars for her work on The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King (2003): Best Picture, Adapted
Screenplay and Original Song.
points: Name the two other women who have taken home more than one
competitive award in a single year.
Head was the first at the 1950 (23rd) Awards, winning in both
the color and black-and-white costume design categories for
Samson and Delilah and All about Eve, respectively;
and Catherine Martin at the 2001 (74th) Awards won in both
the art direction and costume design categories for her work on
Cruz won the Oscar for actress in a supporting role in 2009
for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, below.
and Meryl Steep are the only 2010 nominees to be in contention for
a second straight year. This time Cruz was nominated for her role
in the musical Nine, below.
3. Name the youngest Best
Actress nominee to date.
Keisha Castle-Hughes, at
13, for “Whale Rider” in 2003.
4. Name the eight foreign-language
films that have been nominated in the Best Picture category.
Grand Illusion (1938),
Z (1969), The Emigrants (1972), Cries
and Whispers (1973), The Postman (Il Postino)
(1995), Life Is Beautiful (1998), Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), and Letters from Iwo
5. What is the only song from
a documentary film to win in the Original Song category?
I Need to Wake Up (music
and lyric by Melissa Etheridge) from An Inconvenient
Truth, in 2006. The film also won in the Feature Documentary
Bonus points: Name the only other
song from a documentary to be nominated.
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6. Which four performers have
won Academy Awards for performances spoken in languages other than
Sophia Loren (1961, Best
Actress in Two Women); Robert De Niro (1974,
Supporting Actor in The Godfather Part II); Roberto
Benigni (1998, Best Actor in Life Is Beautiful);
Benicio Del Toro (2000, Supporting Actor in Traffic).
In addition, Marlee Matlin won the 1986 Leading Actress award
for her performance in Children of a Lesser God in
American Sign Language.
7. Which two families can boast
three generations of Oscar-winning talent?
With Sofia Coppola’s win
in 2003 for her original screenplay for Lost in Translation,
the Coppolas became the second family to have three generations
of Oscar winners, with Carmine, Francis Ford and Sofia
having won. The first were the Hustons: Walter, John and
8. Name the only two pairs of
performers nominated for playing the same character in the same
Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt
Bukater and Gloria Stuart as Old Rose in Titanic (1997)
and Kate Winslet as Young Iris Murdoch and Judi Dench
as Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001).
10. Who was the first black performer
to win an Oscar?
Hattie McDaniel, for her
supporting performance in 1939’s “Gone with the Wind.”
Streep received her record-breaking 16th Oscar nomination
for Julie & Julia in 2010. She previously won
the Best Actress award for Sophie's Choice (1982),
and was nominated in that category for The French Lieutenant's
Woman (1981), Silkwood (1983), Out
of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), A
Cry in the Dark (1988), Postcards from the Edge
(1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One
True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999),
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Doubt
(2008). She won the Best Supporting Actress award for Kramer
vs. Kramer (1979), and was nominated for her supporting
roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Adaptation
is runner up among women nominees with 12 nominations.
Kate Winslet (above in Everlasting
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) received her 6th nomination
in 2009 for The Reader (below)
nominated for leading actress for her role in The Last Station,
previously won an Oscar for her leading role in The Queen (2006)
and was nominated for her supporting roles in The Madness of
King George (1994) and Gosford Park (2001).
the first nomination for Gabourey Sidibe, playing the leading
role in Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by
Bullock also received her first nomination in 2010 for her
leading role in The Blind Side.
Renee Zellweger won Best Supporting
Actress for her role in Cold Mountain (2003).
won a best actress award for her role in
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
took home the Leading Actress award for Million Dollar Baby
nominated for Rachel Getting Married in 2009.
Angelina Jolie, nominated in 2009
for her leading role in The Changling.
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