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, Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” leads the pack with 12 nominations. Campion herself is recognized for her adapted screenplay and direction. What is significant about the latter nomination?
2) Golden Globe Award-winner Ariana DeBose is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the remake of the musical “West Side Story.” If she wins, what Oscar milestone will she achieve?
3) Although he’s never won an Oscar, actor/writer/director/producer Kenneth Branagh just broke the record for being nominated across seven different categories throughout his career. This year, his autobiographical film “Belfast” could earn him a Best Original Screenplay victory. If so, and if he later picks up an Oscar for acting, he could tie with the sole person who has received Academy Awards for both writing and acting. Who is the only person to accomplish this major feat?
4) Among the five women nominated for Best Actress, three: Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”) and Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) have previously won for “The Favourite” (2018), “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008) and “The Hours” (2002) respectively. To catch up to the record-holder, they’d have to win this year and two more times. Who is the only person to receive four Academy Awards for a lead performance? Hint: One of these triumphs was a tie.
5) Initially scheduled for February 27, the 94th Oscar celebration has been pushed back. When will the ceremony take place and where can it be seen?
And the answers are…
1) “The Power of the Dog” director Jane Campion is the first and only woman to be nominated twice for Best Director. She was previously nominated nearly 30 years ago for directing the period piece “The Piano” (1993) but lost to Steven Spielberg for the war drama “Schindler’s List” (1993). This year, the two are set for a rematch since Spielberg also scored a Best Director nomination for “West Side Story.”
2) If Ariana DeBose wins for her portrayal of Anita in “West Side Story” (2021), she and Rita Moreno will become the only women to receive an Oscar for playing the same part since Moreno was named Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Anita in the original “West Side Story” (1961).
Although actors Marlon Brando (1972’s “The Godfather”) and Robert De Niro (1974’s “The Godfather: Part II”) received Academy Awards for playing the same character, Vito Corleone, it was in separate-storied films. Similarly, Heath Ledger (2008’s “The Dark Knight”) and Joaquin Phoenix (2019’s “Joker) each won an Oscar for playing The Joker yet didn’t share any lines since their portrayals were in two different film franchises.
3) Kenneth Branagh’s ex-wife 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).
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.
5) The 94th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC at abc.com.
Photo of Oscar statues courtesy ABC/Adam Rose.