How well do you know Academy Award-winning screenwriters?

How well do you know Academy Award-winning screenwriters?

A baker's dozen of questions on #academyawards #oscar #author #writer #screenwriter #screenplay #script #film #movies #cinema #trivia

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At least a half-dozen people contributed to the screen adaptation of Gone With the Wind, but the Oscar was awarded posthumously to only one person: Whom?

At least a half-dozen people contributed to the screen adaptation of Gone With the Wind, but the Oscar was awarded posthumously to only one person: Whom?
David O'Selznick
Margaret Mitchell
George Cukor
Sidney Howard
Ben Hecht

Amadeus was adapted from his play of the same name by Peter Shaffer. Which award-winning script was NOT adapted from one of his plays?

Amadeus was adapted from his play of the same name by Peter Shaffer.  Which award-winning script was NOT adapted from one of his plays?
Five Finger Exercise (1962)
Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Equus (1977)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Sunset Boulevard (1950) won an Oscar for the writing team of Charles Bracket and Billy Wilder. Which of their other scripts also won best screenplay?

Sunset Boulevard (1950) won an Oscar for the writing team of Charles Bracket and Billy Wilder.  Which of their other scripts also won best screenplay?
Ninotchka (1939)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Some Like it Hot (1959)

Woody Allen has received the most Academy Award nominations for screenwriting (19) and has won three Oscars. Which one did NOT win?

Woody Allen has received the most Academy Award nominations for screenwriting (19) and has won three Oscars.  Which one did NOT win?
Annie Hall (1977)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Midnight in Paris (2011)

Multiple Screenwriters: for Witness (1985) the best screenplay Oscar went to "William Kelly and Earl Wallace & Pamela Wallace." In screenwriting credits, what does the ampersand (&) indicate?

Multiple Screenwriters: for Witness (1985) the best screenplay Oscar went to "William Kelly and Earl Wallace & Pamela Wallace."  In screenwriting credits, what does the ampersand (&) indicate?
It's a company name.
They worked as a team.
They are married.
They wrote the story but not the screenplay.

Women screenwriters: who was the first female screenwriter to win the Oscar?

Women screenwriters: who was the first female screenwriter to win the Oscar?
June Mathis for "Ben Hur" (1925)
Francis Marion for "The Big House" (1930)
Sarah Mason for "Little Women" (1932)
Jean Harrison for "Rebecca" (1940)
Anita Loos for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)

Who was the first black screenwriter to win the screenwriting Oscar?

Who was the first black screenwriter to win the screenwriting Oscar?
Quincy Jones for "The Wiz" (1979)
Quincy Jones for "The Color Purple" (1985)
Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious" (2009)
John Ridley for "Twelve Years a Slave" (2013)

Gays have often won Tony awards in theatre, but who was the first (known) gay man to win a screenwriting Oscar?

Gays have often won Tony awards in theatre, but who was the first (known) gay man to win a screenwriting Oscar?
Oscar Wilde for "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1932)
George Cukor for "My Fair Lady" (1964)
Jerry Herman for "Hello Dolly" (1969)
Howard Ashman for "The Little Mermaid" (1989)
Bill Condon for "Gods & Monsters" (1998)

Director, John Huston often collaborated on screen adaptations. Which of his scripts won the adaptation Oscar?

Director, John Huston often collaborated on screen adaptations.  Which of his scripts won the adaptation Oscar?
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The African Queen (1951)

Another director, Francis Ford Coppola, has been nominated 5 times for best screenplay. Which one did NOT win the Oscar?

Another director, Francis Ford Coppola, has been nominated 5 times for best screenplay.  Which one did NOT win the Oscar?
Patton (1970)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
Apocalypse Now (1979)

An English language film garnered the screenwriting Oscar for a writer who didn't speak or read English. Who was it?

An English language film garnered the screenwriting Oscar for a writer who didn't speak or read English.  Who was it?
Pierre Boulle for "Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
Pietro Germi for "Divorce - American Style" (1962)
Federico Fellini for "8 1/2" (1984)
Roberto Benigni for "Life is Beautiful" (1997)

For "An American in Paris" (1951), composer, playwright and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner won the Oscar for Best Story and Screenplay. Which of his other musicals won an Oscar for screenplay adaptation?

For "An American in Paris" (1951), composer, playwright and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner won the Oscar for Best Story and Screenplay.  Which of his other musicals won an Oscar for screenplay adaptation?
Royal Wedding (1951)
Brigadoon (1954)
Gigi (1958)
Camelot (1960)
My Fair Lady (1964)

BONUS! -- Screenwriting legend, William Goldman won two Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1970) and for All the President's Men (1977). But his brother, James Goldman also won a screenwriting Oscar for:

BONUS! -- Screenwriting legend, William Goldman won two Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1970) and for All the President's Men (1977).  But his brother, James Goldman also won a screenwriting Oscar for:
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Marathon Man (1976)
White Nights (1985)
The Princess Bride (1988)
Misery (1982)