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Quiz about And the Oscar Goes to 1929
Quiz about And the Oscar Goes to 1929

And the Oscar Goes to... (1929) Quiz


The very first Academy Awards took place on May 16th, 1929, honoring the best films from August 1st, 1927 to July 31st, 1928.

A multiple-choice quiz by reedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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reedy
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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333,063
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. The very first Academy Awards ceremony was a private dinner held at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Who hosted? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. And for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the very first Oscar ever awarded went to... whom? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. There were three actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Which of these ladies was NOT nominated? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The Oscar for Best Cinematography was awarded to which of the following? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The award for Best Writing, Original Story went to a film that was originally released in only one theater in New York when Paramount Pictures predicted that it would be a failure. Even Ben Hecht (the writer) wanted his name taken off the credits! What was the name of the film that set the standard for the American gangster genre? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The film that won the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Story also received the accolades for Outstanding Picture, Production.


Question 7 of 10
7. Which actor, who had originally nominated for three categories including Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work on "The Circus" (1928), was taken out of the running and presented with an Honorary Award instead?

Answer: (First and last name, or just last name. (The Tramp))
Question 8 of 10
8. There were also two categories for Best Director at the inaugural ceremony. The winning film for Best Director, Comedy Picture was "Two Arabian Knights" (1927), which followed the adventures of two American soldiers who escape from a German prison camp. Who directed this comedy? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The other Best Director category was Best Director, Dramatic Picture. Frank Borzage took home the Oscar for his work... on which film? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. As with every Academy Awards ceremony, we must save the best for last. We know it today as Best Picture, but in 1929, the category was Outstanding Picture, Production. Which film, about two pilots vying for the affections of the same woman, won the Oscar? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The very first Academy Awards ceremony was a private dinner held at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Who hosted?

Answer: Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille

Fairbanks was the first president of AMPAS (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) at the time. He is best known for his swashbuckling roles in such silent films as "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924), "Robin Hood" (1922), and "The Mark of Zorro" (1920).

William C. deMille was the elder brother of the more famous Cecil B. DeMille (who altered his last name, claiming that it fit better on Marquees), but William was a respected film director in his own right. Unfortunately, many of his films are now considered lost films.

Other early members of the Academy were D. W. Griffith, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl F. Zanuck.

The dinner was attended by 270 invited guests, and the awards presentations lasted a grand total of fifteen minutes.
2. And for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the very first Oscar ever awarded went to... whom?

Answer: Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in two different movies, "The Way of All Flesh" (1927), and its sequel "The Last Command" (1928). Jannings was a German actor who, interestingly, starred in several films during the time of the Third Reich to promote Nazism.

"The Way of All Flesh" is a movie that is now considered a lost film, as there are no known copies any longer in existence. It is the only Oscar-winning film where that is the case. The movie was remade in 1940 starring Akim Tamiroff, Gladys George, and William Henry.

Richard Barthlemess was nominated for his roles in "The Noose" (1928), and "The Patent Leather Kid" (1927).
3. There were three actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Which of these ladies was NOT nominated?

Answer: Barbara Stanwyck

And the Oscar went to... Janet Gaynor for her work in "7th Heaven" (1927), "Street Angel" (1928), and "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927).

The other two ladies nominated for Best Actress were Gloria Swanson for "Sadie Thomson" (1928), while Louise Dresser received a nod for "A Ship Comes In" (1928).
4. The Oscar for Best Cinematography was awarded to which of the following?

Answer: Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"

"Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927) was one of the two films at this inaugural Academy Awards presentation to win three Oscars, the other being "7th Heaven" (1927). The story of "Sunrise" has a married farmer falling under the spell of a woman from the city, who tries to convince him to kill his wife.
5. The award for Best Writing, Original Story went to a film that was originally released in only one theater in New York when Paramount Pictures predicted that it would be a failure. Even Ben Hecht (the writer) wanted his name taken off the credits! What was the name of the film that set the standard for the American gangster genre?

Answer: Underworld

After strong word-of-mouth recommendations, the movie went on to become a hit. "Underworld" was released in 1927.

The only other nominee in this category was Lajos Biro for "The Last Command" (1928).

"The Private Life of Helen of Troy" (1927) was nominated for "Best Writing, Title Writing", a category that only existed in this first ceremony. It didn't win.

"The Dove" (1927), along with "Tempest" (1928), won William Cameron Menzies the Oscar for 'Best Art Direction.'
6. The film that won the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Story also received the accolades for Outstanding Picture, Production.

Answer: False

The Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Story went to Benjamin Glazer for "7th Heaven" (1927). The Oscar-winner for Outstanding Picture, Production was "Wings" (1927).

The two unsuccessful nominees were Alfred A. Cohn for "The Jazz Singer" (1927), and Anthony Coldeway for "Glorious Betsy" (1928).
7. Which actor, who had originally nominated for three categories including Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work on "The Circus" (1928), was taken out of the running and presented with an Honorary Award instead?

Answer: Charlie Chaplin

The award was presented to Chaplin "For versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing "The Circus"."

In a career that spanned over 60 years in the movie business, Chaplin only received three Oscars, with two of them being Honorary.
8. There were also two categories for Best Director at the inaugural ceremony. The winning film for Best Director, Comedy Picture was "Two Arabian Knights" (1927), which followed the adventures of two American soldiers who escape from a German prison camp. Who directed this comedy?

Answer: Lewis Milestone

Milestone directed 47 films over his career, which spanned 45 years, with his first film in 1918 and his last in 1963.

Ted Wilde had the other nomination in this category, for his direction of "Speedy" (1928).

Benjamin Glazer and Lajos Biro received nominations in other categories.
9. The other Best Director category was Best Director, Dramatic Picture. Frank Borzage took home the Oscar for his work... on which film?

Answer: 7th Heaven

In total, "7th Heaven" (1927) received five nominations and won three Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Janet Gaynor); Best Writing, Adapted Story (Benjamin Glazer); and Best Director (Frank Borzage). The movie is about a Paris street cleaner who saves the life of a prostitute, and then prevents her from being arrested by claiming that she is his wife. Afterwards, as they live out the facade he has created, their relationship grows... until the Great War intervenes.

The other nominees in this category were King Vidor for "The Crowd" (1928), and Herbert Brenon for "Sorrell and Son" (1927).
10. As with every Academy Awards ceremony, we must save the best for last. We know it today as Best Picture, but in 1929, the category was Outstanding Picture, Production. Which film, about two pilots vying for the affections of the same woman, won the Oscar?

Answer: Wings

"Wings" (1927) was a silent film about World War I fighter pilots; one rich, one middle class, who fall in love with the same woman. The main actors were Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, vying for the affections of actress Jobyna Ralston. The shy 'girl next door' in love with Rogers' character was played by Clara Bow.

The other two nominees were "7th Heaven" (1927) and "The Racket" (1928).
Source: Author reedy

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