Academy Awards 2017: Test your Oscar IQ with Show Me Chicago's Oscar trivia quiz

Academy Awards 2017: Test your Oscar IQ with Show Me Chicago's Oscar trivia quiz

2017 marks the 89th year that America has been honoring the stars of the silver screen with what has become popularly know as “The Oscars.”

The awards ceremony dates back to 1929 with honorees names reading like a who’s who of film history.

This week, Oscar Week, kicks off the countdown to the big show–the 89th Oscars®, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre®. The show will also be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

With the program broadcast in 225 countries and an estimated 40 million people expected to tune in, odds are that you will be watching.

If so, you may want to ramp up your Oscar IQ with Show Me Chicago’s Oscar trivia quiz.


(Answers in section below questions)

  1. What was the shortest Oscars acceptance speech ever, delivered–and by whom?
  2. What 3 films have won all of the “Big Five” awards—best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay?
  3. With La La Land in contention in 2017 for best picture, it is interesting to note that not many musicals have won this award. Name the last musical to win the best picture award and the year it won. Bonus: Name the second to last musical that won—and the year.
  4. Who was the first African American women to win an award? (this answer may not be as easy as you think)
  5. Who holds the highest number of acting nominations for a single person (male and female)?
  6. Who’s hosted the most Academy Awards ceremonies?
  7. Who is the most-nominated living person?
  8. What single film received the most nominations and how many? Clue: 3 films are tied for this honor.
  9. When and how long was the longest televised Academy Awards ceremony?
  10. When and how long was the shortest televised Academy Awards ceremony?


  1. Patty Duke gave the shortest acceptance speech in 1963 after winning the Best Supporting Actress statuette for “The Miracle Worker.” Her 2-word message: “Thank you.”
  2. The 3 films that have won all of the “Big Five” awards—best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay are: “It Happened One Night” (1934), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).
  3. In 2002 the musical “Chicago,” won for best musical ending a 34-year drought back to 1968 when the musical “Oliver!” won the award.
  4. If you said Halle Berry in 1992, you would be wrong. Although Berry was the first African American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Monster’s Ball, she was not the first black women (or even the second, third, etc.) recognized.  The first African American woman to win that honor was Hattie McDaniel–honored as best supporting actress for her work in “Gone With the Wind” in 1940.
  5. The record for the most awards nominations belongs Meryl Streep.  Streep broke the previous record of 12, set by Katharine Hepburn. Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor with 12.
  6. Bob Hope wins for hosting the most awards ceremonies by a wide margin–having hosted 19 awards shows. Billy Crystal is a distant second having hosted nine gigs.
  7. Composer John Williams is the most-nominated living person, with 49 nods under his belt.
  8. La La Land earned 14 nominations, making the film tied with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for the most Oscar nods in history.
  9. The longest televised broadcast of the Academy Awards was the 74th annual ceremony in 2002 that ran (and ran, and ran) for 4 hours, 23 minutes.
  10. The shortest televised broadcast was the 31st in 1959, that ran one hour 40 minutes. The shortest ceremony ever was the first, in 1929, that lasted 15 minutes.

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