QUIZ: Oscar winners & losers

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO ... "Avatar" was nominated for an Oscar Best Picture in 2010. But did it take home the trophy? Photo: Associated Press/20th Century Fox

It’s hard to know if a movie will be a classic until some time has passed. That’s why Academy voters haven’t always awarded the year’s TRUE best picture.

Can you remember which of these movies won the Oscar for Best Picture? Pick the real winner out of this list of nominees below.

Scroll to the bottom to see the answers. Keep track of your score to see how you rank.

1. 2010:
a. Avatar
b. The Blind Side
c. The Hurt Locker
d. Up in the Air
e. Precious

2. 1977:
a. All the President’s Men
b. Bound for Glory
c. Network
d. Rocky
e. Taxi Driver

3. 1995:
a. Forrest Gump
b. Four Weddings and a Funeral
c. Pulp Fiction
d. Quiz Show
e. The Shawshank Redemption

4. 1988:
a. Broadcast News
b. Fatal Attraction
c. Hope and Glory
d. The Last Emperor
e. Moonstruck

5. 1965:
a. Becket
b. Dr. Strangelove of: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
c. Mary Poppins
d. My Fair Lady
e. Zorba the Greek

6. 2010:
a. Black Swan
b. The Fighter
c. Inception
d. The King’s Speech
e. The Social Network

7. 1976:
a. Barry Lyndon
b. Dog Day Afternoon
c. Jaws
d. Nashville
e. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

8. 1992:
a. Beauty and the Beast
b. Bugsy
c. JFK
d. The Prince of Tides
e. The Silence of the Lambs

9. 1954:
a. From Here to Eternity
b. Julius Caesar
c. The Robe
d. Roman Holiday
e. Shane

10. 2003:
a. Chicago
b. Gangs of New York
c. The Hours
d. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
e. The Pianist

11. 1974:
a. American Graffiti
b. Cries and Whispers
c. The Exorcist
d. The Sting
e. A Touch of Class

12. 1999:
a. Elizabeth
b. Life is Beautiful
c. Saving Private Ryan
d. Shakespeare in Love
e. The Thin Red Line

13. 1983:
a. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
b. Gandhi
c. Missing
d. Tootsie
e. The Verdict

14. 1957:
a. Around the World in Eighty Days
b. Friendly Persuasion
c. Giant
d. The King and I
e. The Ten Commandments

15. 1997:
a. Fargo
b. The English Patient
c. Jerry Maguire
d. Secrets & Lies
e. Shine

16. 1971:
a. Airport
b. Five Easy Pieces
c. Love Story
d. M*A*S*H
e. Patton

17. 2008:
a. Atonement
b. Juno
c. Michael Clayton
d. No Country for Old Men
e. There Will Be Blood

18. 1968:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Doctor Dolittle
c. The Graduate
d. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
e. In the Heat of the Night

19. 1982:
a. Atlantic City
b. Chariots of Fire
c. On Golden Pond
d. Raiders of the Lost Ark
e. Reds

20. 2000:
a. American Beauty
b. The Cider House Rules
c. The Green Mile
d. The Insider
e. The Sixth Sense


1.   C – The Hurt Locker
2.   D – Rocky
3.   A – Forrest Gump
4.   D – The Last Emperor
5.   D – My Fair Lady
6.   D – The King’s Speech
7.   E – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
8.   E – The Silence of the Lambs
9.   A – From Here to Eternity
10. A – Chicago
11. D – The Sting
12. D – Shakespeare in Love
13. B – Gandhi
14. A – Around the World in Eighty Days
15. B – The English Patient
16. E – Patton
17. D – No Country for Old Men
18. E – In the Heat of the Night
19. B – Chariots of Fire
20. A – American Beauty


0-5: The ‘wait for it to play on TV’ movie-goer
You don’t know much about fancy Hollywood, but you appreciate the mainstream classics. Much like us, you’re still confused over Avatar losing to The Hurt Locker.

6-10: You watch the funny Oscar moments on YouTube the next day
You’ve seen a lot of these movies, but you don’t care too much about the statues. You’ve got your favorites and no Hollywood executive can convince you otherwise.

11-15: The movie critic
You know your stuff, or at least enough to sound fancy in front of your friends at work. You probably dropped words like cinematography when you went to see Anchorman 2.

16-20: The REEL deal
You’re either the Rain Man of movies or you went to film school. Either way, you’re everyone’s secret weapon on trivia night.

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