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Anthony Hopkins is shown in the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 release “Silence of the Lambs.” The film was the last to win the “big five” at the Academy Awards: picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay.

The Oscars are on Sunday.

With eight films nominated for Best Picture, including two by indie favorites — Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” — this week’s trivia turns its attention to the Academy Awards.

Our current Head2Head trivia champ is Laura French, and her opponent is Eddie Kaufman, who’s “still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.”


1. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture this year, how many also have Best Director nominations?

2. What was the first film that earned Wes Anderson a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars?

3. What was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s first English-language film?

4. Three films have tied for winning the most Oscars. Name one.

5. Reese Witherspoon won the Best Actress Oscar for which film?

6. What early Richard Linklater film starred Ben Affleck, Parker Posey and Milla Jovovich?

7. J.K. Simmons played the character Vernon Schillinger on what HBO TV series?

8. What is the last movie to win all five major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay)?

9. How many times has Meryl Streep been nominated for an Academy Award?

10. What is the only acting category in the 2015 Academy Awards where none of the nominees have previously won an Oscar?


1. I’m not even sure what all is nominated. Two?

2. “Life Aquatic”

3. I don’t know who that is.

4. “Titanic”?

5. “Walk the Line”

6. Is it “Dazed and Confused”? I remember that was one of Ben Affleck’s first roles.

7. Something on HBO ... “Deadwood.”

8. “Silver Linings Playbook”

9. Can I just say a lot?

10. Best Supporting Actor


1. At least three do.

2. Tempted to say “Rushmore,” but I think it might be “Royal Tenenbaums.”

3. “Babel”? Not sure.

4. “Avatar”

5. She won for “Walk the Line”

6. “Dazed and Confused”

7. He wasn’t on “Six Feet Under” was he?

8. “Silence of the Lambs”

9. Don’t think it’s been 20 times, but it’s up there.

10. Best Actor has a bunch of new guys nominated.


Eddie for the win. He’ll be back next week to take on a new opponent and attempt to be the Head2Head trivia champ two weeks in a row.


1. Four (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “Boyhood”)

2. “The Royal Tenenbaums”

3. “21 Grams”

4. “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” or “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

5. “Walk the Line”

6. “Dazed and Confused”

7. “Oz”

8. “The Silence of the Lambs”

9. 19

10. Best Actor