Going for the Gold: Polish Up Your Oscar Knowledge with this Quick Quiz


It’s Oscar time! And, although women received only 25 percent of this year’s non-acting nominations, they account for 100 percent of the answers in this quiz.

The 91st Academy Awards air at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC or at abc.com. Red carpet coverage starts at 5:30 p.m.

And the questions are…

1) If Lady Gaga wins Best Actress and Best Original Song for “A Star is Born,” she’ll tie with one other entertainer. Who is the ONLY PERSON to win an Oscar for both acting and songwriting?

2) Bradley Cooper must win in both the acting and screenplay categories for “A Star is Born” to tie with the sole winner of outstanding achievement in both acting and writing. To date, who is the ONLY PERSON to have this honor?

3) Meryl Streep has a record 20 acting nominations! But who is the ONLY PERSON to win FOUR Oscars for a lead performance? Note: One of these victories was a tie!

4) For the second time this decade, Sandy Powell is nominated twice within one year for Best Costume Design. Four years ago, she was recognized for “Carol” and “Cinderella.” This year, she competes against herself for “The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” If she wins, it will be her fourth time since she already received Oscars for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “The Aviator” (2004) and “The Young Victoria” (2009). However, that’s nothing compared to Costume Designer Edith Head, who won more Oscars than any other woman in any category! How many times has Head been handed an Academy Award?

5) Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to be named Best Director, a feat she accomplished with “The Hurt Locker” (2010). How many other female filmmakers have been nominated in this “boy’s club” category?

And the answers are…

1) Barbra Streisand is the only person to win Oscars for both acting and songwriting. She was named Best Actress for “Funny Girl” (1968) before becoming the first female composer to win an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Love Theme (Evergreen)” from “A Star is Born” (1976), which she shared with lyricist Paul Williams.

2) Emma Thompson is the only person to win Oscars for both acting and writing. Following her Best Actress victory for “Howard’s End” (1992), she received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” (1995).

3) 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” with Barbra Streisand, who won for “Funny Girl.” To date, it’s the only tie in this category.

Hepburn's Oscar

Katharine Hepburn’s four Best Actress Academy Awards on display at the Smithsonian (Morning Glory, 1933; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967; The Lion in Winter, 1968; On Golden Pond, 1981)

4)  From “The Heiress” (1949) to “The Sting” (1973), Edith Head (sometimes collaborating with Gile Steele) received eight Oscars for Costume Design out of a whopping 35 nominations.

5) Throughout the Academy’s 91-year history, only five women have been nominated for Best Director. In addition to Bigelow, they are: Lina Wertmüller, “Seven Beauties” (1977), Jane Campion, “The Piano” (1994), Sofia Coppola, “Lost in Translation” (2004), and Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” (2018).

Photo of Oscar statues courtesy ABC/Adam Rose.

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Ms. Arvia is a freelance writer, former filmmaker, artist and Janet-of-all-trades who is pleased to serve as Arts & Culture Editor on our magazine since she’s always been Rebellious.