It's a big week for the film awards season with the Golden Globe awards tonight, Academy Award nominations on Thursday and Screen Actors Guild awards on Saturday.
Here are some bits of awards trivia to boost your street cred with movie buffs. Years listed are years the awards were presented.
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The Golden Globes, which annually awards two best picture trophies for comedies/musicals and dramas, has had little success in predicting the eventual top Oscar winner. In the past 10 years, Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters have only managed it four times. Which Globes winner did not go on to win the Academy Award for best picture?
A. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2004)
B. "The Descendants" (2012)
C. "Argo" (2013)
D. "Slumdog Millionaire" (2009)
Answer: B. The Directors' Guild of America (awarded Jan. 25) has nailed the selection nine of 10 times, while the Producers Guild of America (Jan. 19) picked seven of 10.
Every awards season, there seems to be at least one name that doesn't lend itself to easy pronunciation. See previous nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Jean Dujardin, for example. This year there are several, but Chiwetel Ejiofor, likely a best-actor Oscar nominee, is probably the highest-profile. How to you pronounce the "12 Years a Slave" actor's name?
A. SHY-we-tell ED-jay-oh-for
B. CHEW-ee-tell eh-YEE-oh-fer
C. SHOO-it-el GEE-ah-far
D. CHOO-it-tell EDGE-ee-oh-for
Here are some others to know:
•"Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón: al-FONE-zo kwa-ROAN
•"Blue is the Warmest Color" actress Adèle Exarchopoulos: uh-DELL ex-ar-COOP-oo-los
•"Dallas Buyers Club" actor Jared Leto: JAIR-red LET-oh
•"12 Years a Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o: lew-PEET-tuh en-YON-go
Since 2003, the Screen Actors Guild Awards have opened with a series of stars introducing themselves to the camera with the phrase "I'm an actor." More than 70 actors have told their stories. Which of the performers below has not?
A. Martin Sheen
B. William Shatner
C. Melissa Leo
D. Hal Holbrook
Answer: A. Shatner was seen in 2007, Leo in 2011 and Holbrook in 2013.
There are 289 feature films eligible for this year's Academy Awards. What criteria must a movie meet to be a contender?
A. Must open in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County, Calif., by midnight Dec. 31.
B. Must run for at least seven consecutive days.
C. Must have a running time of more than 40 minutes.
D. All of the above.
Answer: D. Films must also be "exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format," according to the academy.
What is the only film to have won Golden Globes in all five major categories (best picture, actor, actress, director and screenplay)?
A. "Doctor Zhivago" (1966)
B. "A Star is Born" (1977)
C. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1976)
D. "The Godfather" (1973)
Answer: C. With five Globes, it is tied with the others listed and "Love Story" (1971) for most wins.
The Screen Actors Guild ceremony is notable for the long, rectangular tables at which the guests sit and dine. More than 1,200 chairs will be set up at the tables. How many of those tables are there in the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center for the ceremony?
Answer: C. The tables will be "set with 3,600 champagne, wine and water glasses; 2,400 pieces of silver flatware; and 1,200 white china dinner plates," according to the guild.
The Academy Awards' 13 1/2 -inch-tall Oscar statue weighs 8 1/2 pounds.
How much does the 16-inch-tall Screen Actors Guild "Actor" statue weigh?
A. 6 pounds
B. 12 pounds
C. 8 pounds
D. 10 pounds
How much does the 12 3/4 -inch-tall Golden Globes statue weigh?
A. 7 1/2 pounds
B. 10 1/2 pounds
C. 5 1/2 pounds
D. 9 1/2 pounds
Sources: Bloomberg News, Slate, Associated Press, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild, file