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Who won Best Actor for playing Forrest Gump?

Tom Hanks

Nicolas Cage

Jeff Bridges

Peter Scolari

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

She is estranged from her father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, but she debuted in film with him in 1982. Can you name her?

Cheryl Tiegs

Angelina Jolie

Barbara Kellerman

Michelle Pfeiffer

What pictured respected Golden Globe and Oscar-winning actress, revered for both her acting and directing abilities, is now part of the Hollywood elite crowd?

Meryl Streep

Vanessa Redgrave

Jodie Foster

Julie Andrews

Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster is an American actress, director, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Who won Best Actor for playing cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter?

Hugh Dancy

Jack Palance

Gregory Peck

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins portrayed Hannibal Lecter a cannibalistic serial killer, resulted in a sweep of the five major Oscars (best picture, best director, best lead actor, best lead actress, and best screenplay (original or adapted).

Who won Best Actor for playing pool shark “Fast” Eddie Felson in “The Color of Money”?

Jack Nicholson

Paul Newman

Tom Cruise

Joe Pesci

Paul Newman
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, race car driver, and entrepreneur. He deservedly won the best actor Oscar for this terrific drama in which he reprises the role of “Fast” Eddie Felson, the pool shark he played in 1961’s The Hustler and was awarded an Academy Award for Best Actor for The Color of Money (1986).

Who won Best Actor for entertaining audiences as Maximus Decimus Meridius?

Russell Crowe

Kirk Douglas

Tony Curtis

Leonardo DiCaprio

Russell Crowe
Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, director, and singer. He came to international attention for his role as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic historical film Gladiator (2000), for which he won an Academy Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Empire Award, and London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor, along with 10 other nominations in the same category.

Which actor won Best Actor for playing the titular role in 1955’s “Marty”?

Rod Steiger

George C. Scott

Gene Kelly

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was an American actor whose career spanned over six decades. He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1956, for Marty (1955), which also won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Which of these Best Actor winners is part of an acting family that includes his father Lloyd and his brother Beau?

Matthew McConaughey

William Holden

Jeff Bridges

Robert Duvall

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges comes from a prominent acting family and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–1960) alongside his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau Bridges.

Which Best Picture winner stars Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as brothers driving cross-country?

Rain Man

Witness

Hope and Glory

The Accidental Tourist

Rain Man
Rain Man is a 1988 American road comedy-drama film. It tells the story of abrasive, selfish young wheeler-dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), who discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed virtually all of his multimillion dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant, of whose existence Charlie was unaware.

This Best Picture winner focused on an Austrian family of singers, some of whom occasionally wore curtains as clothing, who fled the Nazis. Can you name it?

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Sound of Music

Mary Poppins

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, and Eleanor Parker. After bringing love and music into the lives of the family, she marries the officer and, together with the children, finds a way to survive the loss of their homeland to the Nazis.

The Academy Awards weren’t always a reason to party hard on a Sunday night. In what year were the Oscars first televised?

1939

1933

1943

1953

1953
For the next 11 years, the annual Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. It was there, on March 19, 1953, that the Oscars presentation was first televised.

Which actor took home the Best Actor award for playing the titular role in 1959’s “Ben-Hur”?

Anthony Quinn

Charlton Heston

Peter Ustinov

Yul Brynner

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. “Ben-Hur,” the film that garnered Charlton Heston the Academy Award for best actor, was nominated for an unprecedented 11 Oscars overall.

Who won Best Actor for playing General George S. Patton?

Rod Steiger

Tommy Lee Jones

George C. Scott

Robert Duvall

George C. Scott
George Campbell Scott was an American actor, director, and producer who had a celebrated career on both stage and screen. He potrayed General George S. Patton in the biopic Patton, which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Which Best Picture winner is a musical, gang-filled retelling of ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

West Side Story

10 Things I Hate About You

Gangs of New York

Chicago

West Side Story
West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. With a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, the film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same title, which in turn was inspired by Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

Who won Best Actor for playing famous theoretical physicist (and occasional “Big Bang Theory” guest star) Stephen Hawking?

Jude Law

Johnny Depp

Adrien Brody

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne
Edward John David Redmayne is an English actor. He garnered consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayals of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), and transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl (2015), winning for the former.

Who was the first black actor to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards?

Ossie Davis

Sidney Poitier

Lou Gossett Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sidney Poitier
Sidney L. Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first African American actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Who won his first Best Actor Oscar for playing McMurphy, the lead character in the film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”?

Denzel Washington

Peter Fonda

Dennis Hopper

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson
John Joseph Nicholson is an American retired actor and filmmaker whose career spanned more than 50 years. He has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, once for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and once for As Good as It Gets (1997); he also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment (1983).

Which Best Picture winner stars Marlon Brando as a longshoreman who protests his union boss’s crooked behavior?

Marty

From Here to Eternity

On the Waterfront

Tom Jones

On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film, directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, and Eva Marie Saint in her film debut.

Although she is best known for her role in The Graduate opposite Dustin Hoffman, what classic Hollywood actress won a Tony and an Oscar for playing Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker?

Maggie Smith

Anne Bancroft

Elizabeth Taylor

Katharine Hepburn

Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft was an American actress. With her continued success on stage, Bancroft’s film career was revived when she was cast in the acclaimed film adaptation of The Miracle Worker (1962) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her film career further progressed with Oscar nominated performances in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Graduate (1967), The Turning Point (1977), and Agnes of God (1985).

Who won Best Actor for piling on the prosthetics and make-up to play Winston Churchill?

Gary Oldman

Christoph Waltz

Wilford Brimley

Sean Connery

Gary Oldman
Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor and filmmaker. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017), and was nominated for his portrayals of George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Herman J. Mankiewicz in Mank (2020).

Actor Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor in this 1994 comedy-drama that follows the life of a southern American boy through many important moments during the twentieth century. What movie is this?

Pulp Fiction

The Sandlot

Forrest Gump

Sleepless in Seattle

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing.

Which actor won the first of his two Best Actor awards for playing one half of the feuding parents in 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer”?

Al Pacino

Bruce Dern

Harvey Keitel

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor and filmmaker. In 1979, Hoffman starred in the family drama Kramer vs. Kramer alongside Meryl Streep. They both received Academy Awards for their performances.

Who won Best Actor for playing noble lawyer Atticus Finch in the big screen adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

James Stewart

Gregory Peck

Walter Brennan

Bing Crosby

Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor and one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), an adaptation of the modern classic of the same name which revolved around racial inequality, for which he received universal acclaim.

The 1944 film noir Gaslight is about a man protecting a secret at all costs, even if he has to drive his wife mad. This film was nominated for seven Oscars and won two, including a Best Actress win for what Hollywood legend?

Ingrid Bergman

Claudette Colbert

Julie Andrews

Elizabeth Taylor

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films, television movies, and plays. Bergman’s notable performances in the 1940s include the dramas For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), and Joan of Arc (1948), all of which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she won for Gaslight.

Marlon Brando won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1973 for what movie, based on a novel written by Mario Puzo?

Goodfellas

Casino

The Godfather

Scarface

The Godfather
Marlon Brando Jr. was an American actor. After ten years of underachieving, he agreed to do a screen test as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972). He got the part and subsequently won his second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award in a performance critics consider among his greatest.

What do Tom Hanks, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Louise Rainer, and Jason Robards have in common?

They all won back-to-back Oscars.

They’ve all won exactly three Oscars (as of 2018).

They all won Oscars for playing lawyers.

They all lost an Oscar to a member of the Fonda family.

They all won back-to-back Oscars.
Hanks, the most recent winner, snagged his Oscars for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” Rainer, the first to do it, won for “The Great Ziegfeld” and “The Good Earth.”

Who won Best Actor for playing ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in 1987’s “Wall Street”?

Christoph Waltz

Bill Murray

Martin Sheen

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. Douglas received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (a role he reprised in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010).

Who knocked out the competition and won Best Actor for playing real-life boxer Jake La Motta in “Raging Bull”?

Robert De Niro

James Coburn

Alan Arkin

James Cagney

Robert De Niro
Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. is an American actor, producer, and director. De Niro portrayed Jake LaMotta in Scorsese’s biographical drama Raging Bull (1980), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, his first in this category.

What classic Hollywood actress was the first to win a Best Actress Oscar for a performance in a foreign language film?

Marlene Dietrich

Sophia Loren

Greta Garbo

Brigitte Bardot

Sophia Loren
Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone is an Italian actress. She was named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest female stars of Classical Hollywood cinema. Loren’s performance as Cesira in the film Two Women (1961) directed by Vittorio De Sica won her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for a non-English-language performance.

This mother-daughter dramedy won the Best Picture Oscar in 1983 and stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. What is it?

Coal Miner’s Daughter

Terms of Endearment

Ordinary People

The Big Chill

Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 American family comedy-drama film. It stars Debra Winger, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film received a leading eleven nominations at the 56th Academy Awards, and won five (more than any other film nominated that year): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (for MacLaine), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (for Nicholson).

Before Tom Hanks snagged two Best Actor Oscars back-to-back, this guy did it for his lead roles 1937’s “Captains Courageous” and 1938’s “Boys Town.” Who is he?

Spencer Tracy

Bing Crosby

Frederic March

James Whitmore

Spencer Tracy
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was an American actor, known for his natural performing style and versatility. His career flourished from his fifth MGM film Fury (1936) onwards, and in 1937 and 1938 he won consecutive Oscars for Captains Courageous and Boys Town.

Who won his only Oscar for playing Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit”?

Clint Eastwood

James Coburn

Jeff Bridges

John Wayne

John Wayne
On April 7, 1970, the legendary actor John Wayne wins his first and only acting Academy Award, for his star turn in the director Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit.

Who won Best Actor for playing Charly in the film “Charly,” an adaptation of the novel “Flowers for Algernon”?

George Kennedy

Walter Matthau

Cliff Robertson

Gig Young

Cliff Robertson
A 1961 episode of the television drama The United States Steel Hour, “The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon”, starring Cliff Robertson. A 1968 film, Charly, also starring Cliff Robertson, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Who won Best Actor for his portrayal of singer-songwriter Ray Charles?

Jamie Foxx

Denzel Washington

Eddie Murphy

Chris Tucker

Jamie Foxx
Ray, a biopic portraying his life and career between the mid-1930s and 1979, was released in October 2004, starring Jamie Foxx as Charles. Foxx won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

Some theorists question the legitimacy of Maria Tomei’s Oscar win in 1993. For what movie was she nominated as Best Supporting Actress?

A Few Good Men

My Cousin Vinny

The Bodyguard

Basic Instinct

My Cousin Vinny
When Tomei was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny” a film that came out 25 years ago today she was up against heavyweights including Vanessa Redgrave and Miranda Richardson.

Who took home Best Actor for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi?

Haing S. Ngor

Alec Guinness

Ben Kingsley

Dustin Hoffman

Ben Kingsley
Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In film, Kingsley is known for his starring role as Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982), for which he subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Actor and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

This 1956 adventure epic and Best Picture winner stars David Niven and Cantinflas but is remembered more for the dozens of cameos it features, including appearances by Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, and Buster Keaton. What is it?

Giant

Around the World in 80 Days

The King and I

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 American epic adventure-comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The film won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Who won Best Actor for his portrayal of accused wife murderer Claus von Bülow in 1990’s “Reversal of Fortune”?

Mickey Rourke

William Hurt

Barry Bostwick

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons
Jeremy John Irons is an English actor and activist. Irons has won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of the accused attempted murderer Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990).

Which Best Actor winner is one of only five performers who have won Oscars in back-to-back years (as of 2018)?

Eddie Redmayne

Tom Hanks

Gary Oldman

Daniel Day-Lewis

Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Tom Hanks became the fifth person to win back-to-back acting Oscars, after Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards Jr.

Who won Best Actor for playing Abraham Lincoln in 2012’s cleverly titled “Lincoln”?

Daniel Day-Lewis

Liam Neeson

Donald Sutherland

Ralph Fiennes

Daniel Day-Lewis
Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English retired actor. He won the Academy Award and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson’s period drama There Will Be Blood (2007) and Steven Spielberg’s biographical drama Lincoln (2012).

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