The Oscar Biopics Quiz
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What was the first biopic to win Best Picture at the Oscars?
The Private Life of Henry VIII
The Life of Emile Zola
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“A Beautiful Mind” took home the Best Picture award in 2002 for its look at John Nash. However, the film was plagued with inaccuracies, prompting a good deal of criticism. Of the following, which was not a factual problem?
Nash’s real hallucinations were only auditory, but the film showed visual hallucinations as well
Nash stopped taking medicine in 1970, but the film makes references to him taking a new drug in 1994
Nash never made an acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize, despite what was shown in the film
Nash is shown to have met Dwight D. Eisenhower at MIT, though no such meeting ever took place
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Robert DeNiro’s dedication to portraying Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull” earned him an Oscar. Even though he is most well-known for his weight gain, what else did he do to ensure the movie’s accuracy?
He gained most of the weight by eating pork chops and Snickers, LaMotta’s favorite foods
He and Joe Pesci really punched each other during the “hit me” scene
He asked LaMotta for real pieces of clothing that he could wear during filming.
He boxed against three of LaMotta’s former opponents, just to see what it was like
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Preparing a biopic usually requires some fancy makeup work. Which of these biopics didn’t win the Oscar for best makeup?
ANSWER: Even though Charlize Theron was praised for her uglified turn as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the makeup work didn’t capture an Academy Award. Even though Charlize Theron was praised for her uglified turn as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the makeup work didn’t capture an Academy Award.
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Who is the only actor to get an Oscar nod for playing another acting Oscar nominee?
Robert Downey Jr.
ANSWER: Robert Downey Jr. scored a nomination for playing Charlie Chaplin in "Chaplin" Robert Downey Jr. scored a nomination for playing Charlie Chaplin in "Chaplin"
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From 2003-2007, four of the five Best Actress winners were won by actresses playing real people. Which actress was the only one to win for a fictional role?
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From 2002-2006, four of the five winners of the Best Actor Oscar were actors playing real people. Which actor was the only one to win for a fictional role?
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Cate Blanchett scored two Oscar nominations for her role as what historical queen?
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Mary I
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In 1966, biopic “A Man for All Seasons” won Best Picture. Who is the subject of the film?
Sir Thomas More
King Richard I
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2004 was a particularly good year for biopics. Of the five Best Picture nominees, how many were biographical?
ANSWER: The biopics were Ray, Finding Neverland and The Aviator; the other nominees were Sideways and Million Dollar Baby, which won the award. The biopics were Ray, Finding Neverland and The Aviator; the other nominees were Sideways and Million Dollar Baby, which won the award.