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The Oscars 24th Feb 2019

February 25, 2019



“We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. They tell us to remember; they remind us of life.”
― Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You

This week's CST activities are related to our favourite movies, many of which have been recognised at The Oscars over the years. Hopefully members will have seen some or all of the movies referenced in the following sections and the questions, posters and films will be held in their long-term memories.

NB. Click on the above image to link to a powerpoint of famous movie posters. Print these off and place them on the tables to refer to as you work through the activities.


Ask members to complete the following phrases.

Saturday night at - THE MOVIES
Let's get this show on - THE ROAD
There's no business like - SHOW BUSINESS
Set the - SCENE
Curtain - CALL
Green - ROOM
Back - STAGE
Silver - SCREEN
First night - NERVES/PARTY
Sell out - TOUR
Break a - LEG
To be star - STRUCK
Wait in the - WINGS
To be in the lime - LIGHT
Sing your heart - OUT
Steal the - SHOW
A show - STOPPER
Standing - OVATION
Bring the house - DOWN
One hit - WONDER
Tough act to - FOLLOW
The show must go - ON
It's not over until the fat lady - SINGS
Lights, camera - ACTION




As usual, keep the questions simple and prompt with first letters or syllables of the answers.


Where is Hollywood located? - LOS ANGELES, USA

What US state is Los Angeles in? - CALIFORNIA

What is the 'Home Of The Movies' in LA called? - HOLLYWOOD

What four letters used to come after Hollywood on the hillside? - LAND

What are the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards' more commonly referred to as? - THE OSCARS

When were the first Oscars awarded?  - MAY 16TH 1929 (91st Academy Awards this year)

In which theatre does the Oscars ceremony take place every year? - DOLBY THEATRE (FORMERLY KODAK THEATRE) ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

True or False. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. - TRUE
(They are usually gold plated metal)

What is the Oscar statue said to be holding? - THE STATUE IS SAID TO REPRESENT A KNIGHT HOLDING A CRUSADER'S SWORD

What colour carpet do actors and actresses present themselves upon for photographs? - RED

What are celebrity photographers commonly referred to as? - PAPPARAZZI

What do people commonly say when having their photograph taken? -

Who famously took a ‘Selfie’ of herself and several actors at the 2014 Oscars? - ELLEN DEGENERES
(See how many stars the group can name - They included Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts & Kevin Spacey)

(It might be worth referencing at this point the 'Me Too' and 'Times Up' movements against sexual harassment which is gaining support in Hollywood since scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others.)

How many Oscars are awarded during the ceremony? - 24 CATEGORIES PRESENTLY

In which area of Los Angeles do most Hollywood actors live? - BEVERLY HILLS

Nearest guess. What is the average house price on the most expensive street - Beverly Park Circle? - $16,489,565

What is the pavement containing more than 2,600 stars and name plaques on Hollywood Boulevard called? - THE WALK OF FAME

What 2016 film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone told the story of making it big in Hollywood? - LALA LAND

After the Oscars ceremony, which is the most prestigious after show party to attend? - VANITY FAIR

Which American singer/songwriter/actress has a theme park called ‘Dollywood’ named after her? - DOLLY PARTON

The British version of the Oscars is called the BAFTAs. What does BAFTA stand for? - BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS

What is the name of the film festivals that takes place in the south of France every May? - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

What Shakespeare play do actors call 'The Scottish Play'? - MACBETH

Which play is the longest running theatre production in the UK? - MOUSETRAP (since 1952)

Japan manufactured the last VHS video cassette recorder in what year? -
JULY 2016

What was the name of the video rental store that went bust in February 2013? - BLOCKBUSTER

Who was given one large Oscar and seven small ones in 1938? - WALT DISNEY (For 'Snow White...')

True or False. Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar? - TRUE

The only Alfred Hitchcock movie to take the Best Film Oscar was what? - REBECCA IN 1940


In 1973, what movie became the first horror film ever to be nominated for Best Film Oscar? THE EXORCIST

Name some Dames and Knights Of The Realm who are surviving actors and actresses?

JULIE ANDREWS ('Sound Of Music', 'Mary Poppins')
JOAN COLLINS ('Dynasty', 'The Stud')
JUDI DENCH ('As Time Goes By', 'Skyfall')
PENELOPE KEITH ('The Good Life', 'To The Manor Born')
ANGELA LANSBURY ('Murder She Wrote', 'Bedknobs And Broomsticks')
HELEN MIRREN ('Prime Suspect', 'The Queen')
JOAN PLOWRIGHT ('Enchanted April', 'Tea With Mussolini')
DIANA RIGG ('The Avengers', 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service')
PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE ('Keeping Up Appearances', 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates')
MAGGIE SMITH ('Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie', 'Downton Abbey')
EMMA THOMPSON ('Nanny McPhee', 'Love Actually')
JULIE WALTERS ('Educating Rita', 'Billy Elliott')
BARBARA WINDSOR ('Carry On', 'Eastenders')

KENNETH BRANAGH ('Mary Shelley's Frankenstein', 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets')
MICHAEL CAINE ('Educating Rita', 'The Italian Job')
SEAN CONNERY ('Goldfinger', 'Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade')
TOM COURTENAY ('Billy Liar', 'Doctor Zhivago')
DANIEL DAY LEWIS ('My Left Foot', 'Gangs Of New York')
MICHAEL GAMBON ('The Singing Detective', 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban')
ANTHONY HOPKINS ('The Remains Of The Day', 'Silence Of The Lambs')
BEN KINGSLEY ('Crown Court', 'Ghandi')
IAN MCKELLEN ('Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring',
ROGER MOORE ('The Saint', 'James Bond: Live And Let Die')
TONY ROBINSON ('Blackadder', 'Time Team')
PATRICK STEWART ('Star Trek', 'X Men')

If we as a group were to award an Oscar for Best Film, what would we choose from the movie posters on the tables (or any other film not represented)?

How about Best Actor and Best Actress awards?

And Best Song (maybe do this after the Music Round)?




Ask members to link the following quotes to the movie posters on the tables. Give some clues as needed.

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”
1979. ALIEN
Starring Sigourney Weaver.
The spacecraft was Nostromo.
John Hurt was the first to be killed by the Alien. Discuss the infamous scene.

”Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
Starring James Stewart.
The town was Bedford Falls.
The angel was Clarence.

“Phone home.”
1982. ET The Extra Terrestrial
Starring Henry Thomas as Elliott and Drew Barrymore as Gertie.
Do members remember his finger lighting up, or the flying bicycles?

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.”
Starring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
The homestead and plantation was called Tara.
The 'Burning Of Atlanta' scene actually involved the blazing of the 'King Kong' set.

“Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.”
Starring Judy Garland
Main characters Tin Man - wanted heart, Lion - wanted courage and Scarecrow - wanted brain.
Dorothy wanted to go home. She did so by clicking her red shoes together.

“May the Force be with you.”
Starring Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo.
Spaceship was The Millennium Falcon.
The enemy was Darth Vadar, who turned out to be Luke's father!

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodi Foster as Agent Starling.
Anthony Hopkins comes from Port Talbot in South Wales. So does Michael Sheen.

“You're gonna need a bigger boat.”
1975. JAWS
Starring Roy Scheider & Richard Dreyfuss.
Name of boat was 'The Orca'.
The name of the village/island was Amity.

“My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”
Starring Tom Hanks.
Do members remember the chase scene when the young Forrest's calipers fell off?
His mother was played by Sally Field.

“Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!”
Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Do members remember the song 'The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine' from the 1937 film 'Way Out West'?

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.”
Starring Michael Caine
The car chase involved three Mini cars.
Do members remember the song 'Self Preservation Society' from the film?

“He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy.”
Monty Python members were - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idol, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
Do members remember the song 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' from the film?

“Here's Johnny!”
Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval.
The author of the book on which the film is based was Stephen King.
What the words that the main character Jack Torrance wrote over and over on the typewriter? ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY

“Houston, we have a problem.”
1995. APOLLO 13
Starring Tom Hanks.
NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Apollo launches took place from Cape Canaveral.
Do members remember seeing the moon landing (Apollo 11) on 20th July 1969?

“A boy's best friend is his mother.”
1960. PSYCHO
The murderer was Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins.
The Director was Alfred Hitchcock.
Do members remember the infamous shower scene. You never actually saw the blade enter Janet Leigh. It was all by suggestion.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Where is Casablanca? MOROCCO
Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman starred.
Do members remember the song 'As Time Goes By'?

“I'm the king of the world!”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
The date the Titanic sank was 14th April 1912.
More than 1,500 souls were lost.

“Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.”
Starring Charlton Heston.
Do members remember Charlton Heston's most famous 1959 movie 'Ben Hur'?

“Live long and prosper.”
Starring William Shatner as James T Kirk & Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
Other characters were McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and Uhura.
Can anyone do the Vulcan Salute?

“My precious.”
The author was J.R. Tolkien.
Ian McKellen starred as the wizard Gandalf.
Elija Wood starred as Frodo Baggins.

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”
Sean Connery starred in this James Bond movie.
The other James Bonds were David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig.

“I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
Starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
The hit song from this movie was 'When You Say Nothing At All', by Ronan Keating.

“Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?”
Starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bankcroft.
The hit song from this movie was 'Mrs Robinson' by Simon and Garfunkel.

"Are you not entertained?"
Gladiator (2000)
Starring Russel Crowe.
His proper name in the movie was Maximus Decimus Meridius.
It was Oliver Reed's last film.

“I was a better man with you as a woman than I ever was with a woman as a man.”
Starring Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels.
The soap opera was 'Southwest General'.

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Starring Marlon Brando.
The films were about the Italian-American Mafia, specifically the Corleone family.

"Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me."
Starring Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar and Amanda Barrie as Cleopatra.
Amanda Barrie went on to star as Alma Sedgewick in 'Coronation Street'.

“I knew it the first time I saw her. It was like coming home, only to no home I'd ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was...magic.”
Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
They met at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.
This film was based on an earlier (1957) movie starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr called 'An Affair To Remember'.

You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? 1971. DIRTY HARRY
Starring Clint Eastwood as cop Harry Callahan.
Clint Eastwood starred in the 1964-66 Spaghetti Westerns 'A Fistful Of Dollars', 'For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly'.
He also won Best Director and Best Movie Oscars for 'Unforgiven' in 1992 and 'Million Dollar Baby' in 2004.

"Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious...and don't call me Shirley."
Featured Leslie Nilesen, who also starred in 'The Naked Gun' comedy film series, which were based on the comedy TV show 'Police Squad'.
In a 2007 survey by Channel 4, it was judged the second greatest comedy film of all time, after 'Monty Python's Life of Brian'.
Does anyone remember the original 'Airport' series of films on which it was based?
Does anyone have a fear of flying? They would if they watched these movies!






Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
The Wizard Of Oz, 1939
How old was Judy Garland when she starred in this film? 16
(Apparently she was made to wear a corset to hide her maturing figure and had a strict diet of black coffee, chicken soup and up to 80 cigarettes a day to keep her unnaturally thin!)

When You Wish Upon A Star
Pinnocchio, 1940
What grew when Pinnocchio told a lie? HIS NOSE
Who was his creator? GEPPETTO

Which character sang this song? JIMINY CEICKET

As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
Casablanca, 1943 (Best film)
Which character plays and sings the song in the film? SAM
(Ingrid Bergman never said "Play it again Sam". The actual phrase was "Play it once Sam. Play it for old times sake... Play 'As Time Goes By'.")

Zip A Dee Doo Dah - James Baskett
Song Of The South, 1947
This is such a well know song, but how many members have seen the film?
Who is on his shoulder? MR BLUEBIRD

The Deadwood Stage - Doris Day
Calamity Jane, 1953
(The actual Oscar winning song was 'Secret Love')
How old is Doris Day? 96 (born 3rd April 1922)


Singing In The Rain - Gene Kelly

Singing In The Rain, 1953 (It never won an Oscar, but Donald O'Connor won a Best Actor Golden Globe)




Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956
Doris Day was nominated for a Best Actress Award in 1959 for which film co-starring Rock Hudson? PILLOW TALK


Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Gordon McRae

Oklahoma, 1956 (Best Music Oscar)

What do members like to do on a beautiful morning? Go around the room.

Getting To Know You - Deborah Kerr
The King And I, 1957 (Best Actor, Yul Brynner)
The King was King Of Siam. What is Siam known as these days? THAILAND
The capital city is? BANGKOK


There Is Nothing Like A Dame - Danny Burstein

South Pacific, 1958 (Best Sound Oscar)

Complete this line from the movie. I'm Gonna Wash That Man -  RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR AND SEND HIM ON HIS WAY

Where is the film set? THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN WORLD WAR TWO (Bali is referenced in the music)

Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961
What was the name of Audrey Hepburn's character in this movie? MISS HOLLY GOLIGHTLY
Who played her Japanese landlord Mr Yunioshi? MICKEY ROONEY

Tonight - Marni Nixon
West Side Story, 1961 (Best film)
What were the two rival gangs?
Where was the musical set? UPPER WEST SIDE OF NEW YORK

Chim Chim Cheree - Dick Van Dyke
Mary Poppins, 1964
What was Dick Van Dyke's profession in the movie? CHIMNEY SWEEP
How about Julie Andrew's? GOVERNESS

I Could Have Danced All Night - Marni Nixon
My Fair Lady, 1964 (Best Film)
Who starred in this movie? AUDREY HEPBURN AND REX HARRISON
In the film, where did the rain mainly fall? THE RAIN IN SPAIN STAYS MAINLY IN THE PLAIN

My Favourite Things - Julie Andrews
Sound Of Music, 1965
Who played Captain Von Trapp in this movie? CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
What did Maria use to make new clothes for the children? CURTAINS

Born Free - Matt Monroe
Born Free, 1966
Who starred in this movie? VIRGINIA MCKENNA AND BILL TRAVERS
What was the name of the lioness in the film? ELSA

Talk To The Animals - Rex Harrison
Dr Doolittle, 1967
Who starred in a 1998 remake of this movie? EDDIE MURPHY
Listen carefully. How many animals featuring in this song can we name?

The Windmills Of Your Mind - Noel Harrison
The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968
Who starred in this movie? STEVE MCQUEEN & FAYE DUNAWAY
What was the film about? BANK ROBBERY)

Consider Yourself - Jack Wild
Oliver, 1968 (Best film)
Which character sings this song? THE ARTFUL DODGER
Who was his mentor? FAGIN


Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel

The Graduate, 1968 (Best Director Oscar)

What are Simon & Garfunkel's Christian names? PAUL & ART

Who was Anne Bankcroft married to? MEL BROOKS

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head -
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, 1969
Who starred in this movie? PAUL NEWMAN AND ROBERT REDFORD
Paul Newman makes a very successful brand of what these days? PASTA SAUCES

Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson
Midnight Cowboy, 1969 (Best film)
Who did this film star? JON VOIGHT
Harry Nillson has a Number 1 hit in 1972 with which other song? WITHOUT YOU


If I Were A Rich Man - Chaim Topol

Fiddler On The Roof, 1972 (Best Original Song Score Oscar)

What would members spend their money on if they were rich?

What one gift would they buy themselves and their best friend or significant other?


Cabaret - Liza Minnelli

Cabaret, 1973 (Best Actress Oscar)

Where is this musical set? THE KIT KAT CLUB IN BERLIN

Who was Liza Minnelli's mother? JUDY GARLAND


Evergreen - Barbra Streisand
A Star Is Born, 1976
Which album did this song appear on? GUILTY
Who sang with her on the title track? BARRY GIBB

Fame - Irene Cara
Fame, 1980
In which educational institution was this film set? NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
What colour are the taxis in New York? YELLOW

Best That You Could Do - Christopher Cross
Arthur, 1981
Who starred in this movie? DUDLEY MOORE
Who starred as his butler? JOHN GIELGUD

The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Dirty Dancing, 1987
Who did this film star? PATRICK SWAYZE & JENNIFER GREY
Finish this famous quote from the film. Nobody puts Baby - IN A CORNER

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Titanic, 1997

Name the characters played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio? ROSE DEWITT BUKATER & JACK DAWSON


What new signal was used by the Titanic signalmen to call for help from the Carpathia? SOS


Heigh Ho - Dwarf Chorus

Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, 1937 (Honorary Award Oscar to Walt Disney)

Okay, let's name The Seven Dwarves - DOC, GRUMPY, HAPPY, SLEEPY, DOPEY, BASHFUL & SNEEZY




Using the printed images, make a collage of movie icons for display. Perhaps along the lines the The Beatles 'Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover.




Give out bags of popcorn and cans of cola for members to enjoy during the activities.



















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