As movie stars and filmmakers go for Oscar gold in Hollywood, Rebellious Magazine challenges your Academy Award knowledge with this silver screen test.
1) This year, Ana de Armas nabbed a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Blonde (2022). Her co-nominee Michelle Williams (2022’s The Fabelmans) was also nominated for playing Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011) in 2012. How many Oscar nominations did the real Marilyn Monroe receive in her lifetime?
2) Although she was born into Hollywood royalty in 1958 and has been in movies since 1978, Jamie Lee Curtis scored her first Academy Award nomination this year for Best Supporting Actress in Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022). How many Oscar nominations does her family, as a whole, have?
3) With her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) nomination, Angela Bassett becomes the first person to be recognized by the Academy for a performance in a Marvel movie. As the Supporting Actress favorite, bets on her and other frontrunners — Actress nominee Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Actor nominee Austin Butler (Elvis) and Supporting Actor nominee Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once) — are being placed. If all of these performers can swing a win, what history-breaking distinction would they earn?
4) If Cate Blanchett takes home an Oscar for TÁR (2022), it will mark her third win since she was previously named Best Actress for Blue Jasmine (2013) and Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator (2004). A victory would tie her with Ingrid Bergman, Meryl Streep and Frances McDormand, who each have three Oscars in the acting categories for Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974); Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011); Fargo (1996), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Nomadland (2020), respectively. Who is the only person to receive four Academy Awards for a lead performance? Hint: One of these triumphs was a tie.
5) After the initial Oscars were held off camera in 1929, the ceremony was broadcast by radio in 1930 and first televised in 1953. When will the 95th Academy Awards take place and where can it be seen?
And the answers are…
1) Marilyn Monroe received a Golden Globe win for Some Like It Hot (1959) and BAFTA nominations for The Seven Year Itch (1955) and The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), yet she was never nominated for an Academy Award.
2) Jamie Lee Curtis and her family have a total of three Academy Award nominations. Her mother Janet Leigh was also recognized in the Supporting Actress category for Psycho (1960); her father Tony Curtis was nominated for Best Actor for The Defiant Ones (1958); and her husband actor/writer Christopher Guest has yet to receive a nod.
3) Michelle Yeoh (b. Aug. 6), Angela Bassett (b. Aug. 16), Austin Butler (b. Aug. 17) and Ke Huy Quan (b. Aug. 20) are all August-born Leos. If each can pull off a victory, it will be the first time in Oscar history that all four of the acting winners share the same zodiac sign.
4) Katharine Hepburn is the only four-time winner in the Academy’s lead acting category. In 1969, she shared her victory for The Lion in Winter (1968) with Barbra Streisand, who won for Funny Girl (1968). To date, it’s the only tie in this category.
Katharine Hepburn’s four Best Actress Academy Awards — Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981) — on display at the Smithsonian.
Photo of Oscar statues courtesy ABC/Adam Rose.