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If You Get 15/20 On This Oscars Quiz, Then You Should Probably Be A Member Of The Academy

It *IS* Black History Month, after all...

  1. Who was the first Black person to win an Oscar?

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    Hattie McDaniel was the first Black person to win an Academy Award.

    Hattie McDaniel's performance as "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1939. The ceremony took place at the Coconut Grove nightclub in The Ambassador Hotel, which had a strict "no blacks" policy, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but a producer called in a special favor to have McDaniel allowed in the building. Still, the actress wasn't seated at the Gone With The Wind cast table, but instead escorted to a small table against a far wall where she sat with her escort and her white agent.

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  2. Angela Bassett has been in at least 43 movies. How many nominations does she have?

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    Angela Bassett has received one Academy Award nomination.

    The film and TV icon received a Best Actress nomination for her star turn as Tina Turner in 1994's What's Love Got to Do With It.

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  3. Which of these musicians have NOT received an Oscar for Best Original Song?

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    Beyoncé has never received (or been nominated for) Best Original Song.

    Three 6 Mafia won a Best Original Song award for Hustle & Flow's "Hard Out Here For A Pimp" in 2005, becoming the first hip hop group to do so. And in 2014, John Legend and Common won for Selma's "Glory." Although Beyoncé has performed at several Oscar ceremonies, she has yet to receive a nomination for this award.

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  4. Who is the first and only black actor to have received two acting nominations in the same year?

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    Jamie Foxx is the first and only black actor to have received two acting nominations in the same year.

    In 2004, the acclaimed actor earned both a Best Actor nod (and win) for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray and a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of Max Durocher in Collateral. Only 10 other actors — all white — have achieved this feat, including Jessica Lange, Emma Thompson, and Cate Blanchett.

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  5. Which film was the first to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress?

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    Sounder was the first film to feature black nominees for both Best Actor and Best Actress.

    The 1972 film earned Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield a Best Actress and Best Actor nod, respectively.

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  6. Which category has had the most Black nominees in Oscar history?

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    The Best Music, Original Song category has the highest number of Black nominees (41) than any other category.

    The Best Supporting Actress category has 24 black nominees, Best Actor has 23, Best Supporting Actor has 19, and Best Actress has 11.

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  7. How many people from the Black Panther cast have received Oscar nominations in the past?

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    Four members of the Black Panther cast have received Oscar nominations.

    Angela Bassett received a Best Actress nod for1994's What's Love Got to Do With It; Daniel Kaluuya received a Best Actor nod in 2017 for his lead role in Get Out; Lupita Nyong'o received a Best Supporting Actress award in 2013 for her role in 12 Years A Slave; and Forest Whitaker received a Best Actor award in 2006 for his lead role in The Last King of Scotland. And while Black Panther is nominated for Best Picture this year, that category technically nominates the film's producers, not the cast.

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  8. Which movies has costume designer Ruth Carter been nominated for?

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    Ruth Carter has received Best Costume Design nominations for Malcolm X (1992), Amistad (1997), and Black Panther (2018).

    Ruth Carter became the first black person to be nominated for Best Costume Design in 1992. She and Sharen Davis (Ray and Dreamgirls) are the only Black people who've ever been nominated for this category since its introduction in 1948.

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  9. Who became the first African-American woman to direct a film for which an actor or actress was nominated in 2017?

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    Dees Rees is the first black woman to direct a film for which an actor or actress was nominated for an Academy Award.

    Dee Rees directed the critically-acclaimed film Mudbound, which garnered Mary J. Blige a Best Supporting Actress nomination in 2017 (Blige was also nominated for Best Music, Original Song that year for her performance of the film's track "Mighty Track"). Furthermore, Rees also became the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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  10. Who has the most Oscar nominations and wins combined?

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    Quincy Jones has the most combined nominations and wins.

    Quincy Jones received a Best Picture nod in 1985 for The Color Purple (becoming the first Black producer to do so), two Best Music, Original Song nods (1967, 1985), two Best Music, Original Score nods (1967, 1985), and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995.

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  11. Which of these nominated actors was the first black Brit to receive a nomination?

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    Marianne Jean-Baptiste is the first black British actress to have ever received an Academy Award nomination.

    Marianne Jean-Baptiste was nominated for Best Actress in 1996 for her role as Hortense Cumberbatch in Secrets & Lies.

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  12. Which nominee received a nomination for their debut film performances?

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    Diana Ross received a Best Actress nomination for her debut film performance.

    In 1972, Diana Ross became the first black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for a debut film performance for her lead role as Billie Holiday in 1972's Lady Sings the Blues. That nomination also made her the second ever black person nominated for Best Actress, after Dorothy Dandridge's nod in 1954.

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  13. What year was the first openly transgender man nominated for an Oscar? And for what category?

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    In 2017, Yance Ford became the first-ever openly transgender man nominated for an Oscar.

    Filmmaker Yance Ford earned a Best Documentary Feature nod in 2017 for his film Strong Island, becoming the first openly transgender man and director to be nominated for any Academy Award.

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  14. Which diversity initiative was launched by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy's first black president, in 2015?

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    Cheryl Boone Isaacs launched A2020 in 2015.

    In 2015, two years after she became the Academy's first black president, Isaacs launched A2020, “a five-year plan to study practices at the Academy with the aim of improving the diversity of its own staff and governance while also bringing new voices into the organization," according to IndieWire. "It is also intended to encourage and to push the industry to examine its hiring practices and to begin to make changes.”

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  15. Russell Williams won back-to-back Academy Awards in Sound Mixing for which films?

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    Russell Williams won Best Sound Mixing awards back-to-back for his work on 1989's Glory and 1990's Dancing With Wolves.

    As a result, Williams became the first and only black person to win consecutive Oscar awards in any category.

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  16. Which actress is tied with Viola Davis as the most nominated black actress ever?

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    Octavia Spencer is tied with Octavia Spencer as the most nominated black actress ever.

    Both actresses are tied at three, with Spencer having three Best Supporting Actress nods (The Help, which she won, The Shape of Water, and Hidden Figures) and Davis having two Best Supporting Actress nods (Doubt and Fences, which she won) and a Best Actress nod for The Help.) Spencer is also the first black actress to be nominated after previously winning and to be nominated two years in a row.

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  17. How many black women have ever won an Oscar in a non-acting category?

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    Irene Cara is the first (and only) black woman to win a competitive, non-acting Academy Award.

    In 1983, actress and singer Irene Cara won Best Music, Original Song with Keith Forsey and Giorgio Moroder for her performance of "Flashdance... What a Feeling" for Flashdance.

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  18. How old was John Singleton when he was nominated for Best Director for Boyz In The Hood?

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    John Singleton was 24-years-old when he was nominated for Best Director for Boyz In The Hood.

    In 1991, Singleton became the first black person to be nominated for Best Director and remains the youngest person ever nominated in this category.

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  19. Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest actor ever nominated for Best Actress for her debut performance in which film?

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    Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest ever Best Actress nominee for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    A nine-year-old Wallis received the nomination in 1991, making her the first person born in the 21st century to receive an Academy Award nomination.

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  20. In 1972, Suzanna de Passe became the first (and still only) black woman nominated for which category?

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    In 1972, Suzanna de Passe became the first (and still only) black woman nominated for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).

    Not only was de Passe the first black person ever nominated for that category, but she was also the first black person ever nominated for a screenwriting Oscar award. She and Dee Rees (2017's Mudbound) remain the only black women ever nominated in any screenwriting category.

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CORRECTION

A previous version of this quiz incorrectly stated that three members of the Black Panther cast have received Academy Award nominations, when actually four have. My bad, y'all!!!

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