If Sunday night’s Academy Awards didn’t whet your appetite, Monday Morning Trivia has tough questions about local ties to the Oscars.
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1. Which of the following is NOT true about Macon-born actor Melvyn Douglas, who won Oscars for “Best Supporting Actor” in “Hud” in 1963 and “Being There” in 1979?
(A) His father was a Russian-born concert pianist and professor of music at Wesleyan College. (B) His wife, the late Helen Gahagan, ran a high-profile campaign against Richard Nixon for the U.S. Senate in California in 1950 and gave Nixon his famous nickname “Tricky Dick.” (C) At the 1903 Georgia State Fair, his baby carriage was covered with morning glories, described as being the “most tastefully decorated” and he was singled out in a newspaper article as “an exceedingly pretty little man.” (D) He played Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
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2. John Huston and his father, Walter, were the first father and son to be both nominated (1941) and to win (1949) an Academy Award. Which movie did 10-time Oscar nominee John Huston direct in 1979, most of which was filmed in Macon?
(A) “The Great Santini” (B) “Wise Blood” (C) “Norma Rae” (D) “Apocalypse Now”
3. Cordele’s Mac Hyman wrote “No Time for Sergeants,” which was turned into a Broadway play, movie (and TV series) and helped launch the careers of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. The 1958 movie was directed by two-time Oscar nominee Mervyn LeRoy, who also was nominated for Best Producer of which beloved classic?
(A) “The Wizard of Oz” (B) “Mary Poppins” (C) “It’s a Wonderful Life” (D) “Dumb and Dumber”
4. Which of the following is NOT true about Macon-born actor Charles Coburn, who won Best Supporting Actor for “The More the Merrier” in 1943?
(A) He starred with Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Monkey Business.” (B) He graduated from Central Georgia Tech. (C) He appeared in “Kings Row” with Ronald Reagan. (D) He was born in Macon in 1877, moved with his family to Savannah when he was 9 months old and claimed his father always told him he born under a rose bush in Macon.
5. The comedy “My Cousin Vinny” included many scenes filmed in Monticello. Which star won an Academy Award in 1993 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Vinny’s girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito?
(A) Marisa Tomei (B) Winona Ryder (C) Emma Thompson (D) Demi Moore
6. Macon Telegraph columnist Susan Myrick served as a technical adviser for which classic movie, which won the Academy Award for “Best Picture” in 1939?
(A) “A Star is Born” (B) “Gone With the Wind” (C) “Citizen Kane” (D) “Ben-Hur”
7. Two of Hollywood’s biggest box-office stars appeared in baseball movies filmed in Macon in 2012 and 2013. What are their names?
(A) Brad Pitt and Robert Downey Jr. (B) Bruce Willis and Tom Cruise (C) Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson (D) Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford
8. Which talk show host, who taped two shows here in 2007, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 1986 movie, “The Color Purple,” written by Eatonton-native Alice Walker?
(A) Sally Jessy Raphael (B) Rosie O’Donnell (C) Ellen DeGeneres (D) Oprah Winfrey
9. Macon-born actress Carrie Preston appeared with Oscar-winner Julia Roberts in which 1997 romantic comedy?
(A) “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (B) “Runaway Bride” (C) “Pretty Woman” (D) “Steel Magnolias”
10. Macon native Luke Askew’s best-known role was in the 1969 film “Easy Rider,” which was nominated for two Academy Awards. Which Paul Newman movie, released two years earlier and also nominated for two Oscars, was Askew’s breakthrough film as a Hollywood actor?
(A) “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” (B) “The Sting.” (C) “Cool Hand Luke.” (D) “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.”
BONUS QUESTION: The world premiere of “God is My Co-Pilot,” written by Macon’s Gen. Robert L. Scott, was on April 7, 1945, at the Grand Theatre (now the Grand Opera House). In the movie, actor Raymond Massey appears as Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault. Massey was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor five years earlier for his portrayal of which U.S. president?
(A) Franklin D. Roosevelt. (B) Abraham Lincoln. (C) Calvin Coolidge. (D) John Adams.
ANSWERS: (1) D. (2) B. (3) A. (4) B. (5) A. (6) B. (7) D. (8) D. (9) A. (10) C. (Bonus) B.
REPORT CARD: (11) Lifetime Achievement Award. (9-10) Hollywood Walk of Fame. (7-8). Box-Office Sensation. (5-6) Golden Globe Nominee. (3-4) Stale Popcorn. (0-2) Straight to DVD.