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Oscar Quiz Answers: Katharine Hepburn, Steven Soderbergh

Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn in On Golden PondOscar Quiz: Answer No. 3 (image: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond)

[See previous post: Oscar Quiz.] John Huston, from Moulin Rouge (1952) to Prizzi's Honor (1985), a total of 33 years.

In 1952, Huston lost the Best Director Academy Award to four-time winner John Ford for The Quiet Man, and in 1985 to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa. Huston, however, did win for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), which also earned his father Walter Huston the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Huston's daughter, Anjelica Huston, was the 1985 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Prizzi's Honor.

Roman Polanski comes in second, from Tess (1980) to The Pianist (2002), 22 years; and Joseph L. Mankiewicz in third, from 5 Fingers (1952) to Sleuth (1972), 20 years.

In fourth place, with a 19-year gap between nominations, it's a tie: Otto Preminger, from Laura in 1944 to The Cardinal in 1963; and David Lean, from Doctor Zhivago in 1965 to A Passage to India in 1984.

Oscar Quiz: Answer No. 4

Katharine Hepburn, from Morning Glory (1932-33*) to On Golden Pond (1981), a total of 48 years.

Hepburn won Best Actress Academy Awards for both of these, in addition to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and The Lion in Winter (1968), the latter a tie with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl.

In second place, with a 46-year span, is Alan Arkin, from The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) to Argo (2012). Arkin is followed by Paul Newman, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) to Road to Perdition (2002), and Peter O'Toole, from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) to Venus (2006): both covering a 44-year span.

Julie Christie is next, with 42 years, from Darling (1965) to Away from Her (2007). Christie is followed by Henry Fonda from The Grapes of Wrath (1940) to On Golden Pond (1981), 41 years.

* The 1932-33 Academy Award “year” actually covered 18 months, from mid-1932 to December 1933, so as to allow the Oscars to cover films released during each calendar year from 1934 onwards. Having said that, early January releases in the Los Angeles area were allowed to compete for the previous year's Oscars all the way to the early '40s.

Oscar Quiz: Answer No. 5

Michael Curtiz in 1938, for the crime melodrama Angels with Dirty Faces and for the surprisingly touching family drama Four Daughters, and Steven Soderbergh in 2000, for the hard-hitting drug epic Traffic and for the maudlin biopic Erin Brockovich.

Curtiz lost the Best Director Academy Award to Frank Capra for You Can't Take It with You, whereas Soderbergh won for Traffic.

Note: Actors are allowed only one Academy Award nomination per acting category. (See next page.)

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Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda On Golden Pond photo: Universal Pictures.

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