Oscars Trivia Quiz: Test Your Knowledge!

Test your knowledge with this Oscars trivia quiz! In preparation for the 2017 Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, we thought it would be fun to do a 21-Question Salute to Oscar Trivia to celebrate the biggest movie party on the planet. How well do you know the films, stars and memorable moments of the Academy Awards past? There’s only one way to find out. Take our 21-Question Salute to Oscar Trivia right now and check all your answers at the end. Be sure to watch LIVE OSCAR SUNDAY 7e|4p on ABC for even more memorable moments!

1. For which comedy did Tom Hanks receive his first Oscar nomination?

a. A League of Their Own

b. Sleepless in Seattle

c. Splash

d. Big

2. Which Oscar host said, “Jack Palance just bungee-jumped off the Hollywood sign?”

a. Steve Martin

b. Billy Crystal

c. Ellen DeGeneres

d. Chris Rock

3. Which Oscar winner stopped by to give 2017 host Jimmy Kimmel an inspiring pep talk? The answer is in this video:

4. For which movie did Morgan Freeman receive his very first Oscar nomination?

a. The Shawshank Redemption

b. Driving Miss Daisy

c. Million Dollar Baby

d. Street Smart

5. Sigourney Weaver got an Oscar nomination in 1989 for Gorillas in the Mist and what other film?

a. Working Girl

b. Ghostbusters

c. The Ice Storm

d. The Year of Living Dangerously

6. Costume designer Lizzy Gardiner made headlines at the 67th Academy Awards with a dress made of…what?

a. Blue Post-It Notes

b. American Express Cards

c. Nestle Crunch Wrappers

d. Starbucks Coffee Lids

7. What is the only film based on a TV series to get a Best Picture nomination?

a. The Untouchables

b. Star Trek

c. The Muppet Movie

d. The Fugitive

8. Which film beat out The Wizard of Oz for Best Picture of 1939?

a. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

b. Gone With the Wind

c. Stagecoach

d. Wuthering Heights

9. How long did the awards ceremony last at the first Academy Awards banquet in 1929? The answer is in this video:

10. Which Oscar-winning director once purchased “Rosebud” – the sled from Citizen Kane?

a. Martin Scorsese

b. Steven Spielberg

c. Clint Eastwood

d. Warren Beatty

11. In 1951, who made her only appearance at an Academy Awards Ceremony?

a. Bette Davis

b. Judy Garland

c. Vivian Leigh

d. Marilyn Monroe

12. Who escorted his fiancée, Nancy Davis, to the 1952 Academy Awards Ceremony?

a. Bob Hope

b. Ronald Reagan

c. Frank Sinatra

d. Kirk Douglas

13. Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei’s My Cousin Vinny character was an “expert” witness in what area?

a. Books

b. Insects

c. Automobiles

d. Grits

14. When Adrien Brody won the Oscar, who received an impromptu on-stage smooch?

a. Uma Thurman

b. Nicole Kidman

c. Halle Berry

d. Sharon Stone

15. For which film did nine-year-old Justin Henry receive an Oscar nomination?

a. Kramer vs. Kramer

b. Ordinary People

c. Harold and Maude

d. E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial

16. Which Oscar-winner said, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” during his memorable performance?

a. Joe Pesci (in GoodFellas)

b. Michael Douglas (in Wall Street)

c. Kevin Spacey (in The Usual Suspects)

d. Cuba Gooding, Jr. (in Jerry Maguire)

17. Which Best Picture winner features the line, “I coulda been a contender”?

a. Rocky

b. West Side Story

c. Chariots of Fire

d. On the Waterfront

18. Which Oscar-winning flick spawned a long-running TV series?

a. The Apartment

b. In the Heat of the Night

c. The French Connection

d. Around the World in 80 Days

19. Who attended the 1956 Academy Awards less than a month before becoming a princess?

a. Doris Day

b. Natalie Wood

c. Grace Kelly

d. Audrey Hepburn

20. What best describes Paul Newman’s Oscar-winning role in “The Color of Money”?

a. Race Car Driver

b. Alcoholic Lawyer

c. Bank Robber

d. Pool Shark

21. David Niven described the 1974 Oscar streaker as a man who was doing what?

a. “Showing his shortcomings”

b. “Hanging out in Hollywood”

c. “Gearing up for the After-Party”

d. “Auditioning for Hair 2

Feel free to watch the classic video below before (or after) answering the last question.


  1. d. Big
  2. b. Billy Crystal
  3. Morgan Freeman
  4. d. Street Smart
  5. a. Working Girl
  6. b. American Express Cards
  7. d. The Fugitive
  8. b. Gone with the Wind
  9. 15 Minutes
  10. b. Steven Spielberg
  11. d. Marilyn Monroe
  12. b. Ronald Reagan
  13. c. Automobiles
  14. c. Halle Berry
  15. a. Kramer vs. Kramer
  16. b. Michael Douglas (in Wall Street)
  17. d. On the Waterfront
  18. b. In the Heat of the Night
  19. c. Grace Kelly
  20. d. Pool Shark
  21. a. “Showing off his shortcomings”

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