1. Which film by Ritesh Batra won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award (also known as Grand Rail d’Or) at the Cannes Film Festival this year? It was widely tipped to be the clear choice for the Best Foreign Film nomination from India for the 2014 Academy Awards. Which film by Gyan Correa got that honour?
2. What is the connection between Oscar Wilde and the award for the year’s worst motion picture presented annually by the Harvard Lampoon?
3. How would you recognise a slowed down version of the background score of a 1958 Italian film Fortunella?
4. Which film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf of Iran won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes 2001, and also won the UNESCO Federico Fellini Prize?
5. “This is the biggest drink of water after the longest drought of my life.” Who said this about what?
6. What connects the films The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl which were both up for the Oscars in 1968?
7. Which film won the first Filmfare Best Picture Award?
8. What was deleted from Mehboob’s Mother India when the film was shown in 1957 in USA during the Oscar nominations?
9. Which was the most recent black-and-white film to win the Best Picture Oscar in 2012? Previously which was the fully black-and-white film to win the same honour (1960)?
10. Who won her first Oscar for the film Morning Glory?
11. Which film festival was founded by Robert Redford?
12. For what purpose was the ominous theme music from Jaws composed by John Williams, used during the 2013 Oscar ceremonies?
13. How does Naseeruddin Shah feature in the films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film for the 2014 Oscar Awards?
14. Which 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger cult film began with these line: “Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, ___, destined to wear the jewelled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!”
15. “This is my life. It always will be. There’s nothing else —- just us, and the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up...” This is probably
one of the best ever closing lines ever in Hollywood history. The lines, spoken by insane ex-silent star Norma Desmond (played superbly by Gloria Swanson), offer an ironic summary of Hollywood life — to close the greatest film ever made about Hollywood. Which film?
1. Lunch Box / The Good Road
2. The awards are called the Wild Oscars!
3. The famous theme from The Godfather. Nino Rota slowed down the music which he had composed many years before and discovered it was more romantic. He was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Score, but when the Oscar committee discovered that it was not “original”, it withdrew the award!
4. Kandahar, set in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. A dramatic and surreal scene from this film shows the plight of people who have lost their legs due to landmines, chasing artificial limbs being parachuted down by a relief aircraft.
5. Steven Spielberg when he received his first Oscar for Schindler’s List.
6. Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) tied for Best Actress — the only Oscar tie for Best Actress.
7. Do Bhiga Zamin (1953).
8. Mehboob’s leftist production company logo featuring the hammer and sickle! The film lost the Best Foreign Film Oscar by one vote in the third poll.
9. The Apartment by Billy Wilder. Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg won in 1993 but it contained some colour sequences and is thus not fully black-and white.
10. Katherine Hepburn
11. The Sundance festival.
12. To signal to the winners that they needed to cut short their acceptance speeches.
13. He stars in the Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag which is that country’s entry for the award after more than 50 years.
14. Conan The Barbarian (1982)
15. Sunset Boulevard (1950)