And the winner is…

Awards season is here. The Oscar nominations are out and the red carpets are ready to roll for the Academy Awards on February 26.

Try this quiz to test whether you’ve been watching way too many old movies:

1) Her life is a rags-to-riches tale. Little Gladys Marie Smith liked to ride her bike down University Avenue. Her mother pushed her on to the stage to support the family. She went on to fame and fortune in Hollywood, the first of three Canadian women in a row to win the Best Actress Oscar. ‘America’s Sweetheart’ spearheaded the movement to establish the Academy Awards. She never forgot her humble roots. To boost wartime morale in May 1943 (photo) she visited the real ‘Bomb Giris’ at the massive GECO (General Engineering Co.) munitions plant south of Eglinton Avenue near Warden. We know this silent screen star better as…

2) This Toronto-born engineer-turned-actor attended Winchester P.S. and became the patriarch of the first family to win Oscars over three generations.

3) A Kew Beach boy who grew up to direct movies which won 12 Oscars, including Best Picture of 1967, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1999 for his contributions to the art of cinema.

4) Born in Toronto in 1929, this acclaimed actor and great-grandson of a prime minister is long overdue for an Oscar. After winning a Golden Globe last week, it won’t be beginner’s luck if this is his year to shine.

5) A lot of great movies have been filmed here in Toronto. Can you match these quotes with the Oscar-winning movie?
a) “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
b) “How do you like them apples?”
c) “Give ’em the old razzle-dazzle.”
d) “Snap out of it!”
e) “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
f) “‘Mister Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer.”
g) (At Niagara Falls) “Put’em up Nazi!”

6) Few people know his name, but this Toronto musician has won 3 Oscars.

7) Bonus Round: He graduated from Malvern C.I. in 1958 and has won 5 Daytime Emmys as a game show host. Who is…?

And the envelope please…



1) Mary Pickford (1892-1979)

2) Walter Huston (1883-1950) won as Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

3) Norman Jewison. In the Heat of the Night (1967) won Best Picture.

4) Christopher Plummer

5) a) Network (1976) won 4 Oscars.
b) Good Will Hunting (1997) won 2 Oscars.
c) Chicago (2002) won 6 Oscars, including Best Picture.
d) Moonstruck (1987) won 3 Oscars under Norman Jewison’s direction.
e) The Fly (1986) won for Best Make-up.
f) The Paper Chase (1973) won for Best Supporting Actor (John Houseman).
g) The 49th Parallel (1941) won an Oscar for Original Story. Raymond Massey, a veteran of World War 1, has a great final scene as a Canadian soldier.

6) Howard Shore won for his music in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

7) Who the heck is Alex Trebek?

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This picture was featured in the Sunday Sun newspaper approximately 8-10 years ago and was under the byline “Do you recognize any of these women?” I certain did recognize one of these women – the little lady third from the left in the bottom row is – in fact – my mother, Isabella (Belle) Anne Shepherd Gallagher and she worked for GECO while my father, Thomas James Gallagher, fought overseas with the Irish Regiment of Canada. This picture, in fact, graces the homes of myself, my sister and my brother, the only remaining members of my family and we are very, very proud of the efforts made by the brave men and women during WW!!. Thanks to your newspaper for once again recognizing the wonderfully brave and dedicated men and women who helped to keep our country free.

Elma Stevenson

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