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Take The Hollywood Reporter's third annual Oscar quiz, designed to challenge even the most devoted fan's knowledge about this year's nominees.

1. This movie was originally called "Lamps Before the Wind" then "Red Sun, Black Sand" before being given its present title.

2. Sir Robin Janvrin invited producer Andy Harries and several of his colleagues to lunch shortly after the release of their movie. Name the movie and explain why the lunch is significant.

3. The process of collecting odor samples was just one of the strange things this director learned while researching this film. Name him and his film.

4. This actor was given an unusual prosthetic to help him in his role: a dental bridge.

5. If this nominee doesn't win, he will become the most nominated actor in history never to get an Oscar. Name him and state the number of times he has been nominated.

6. At least two famous singers were in talks to play the role of Deena Jones (Beyonce Knowles) in Paramount/DreamWorks' "Dreamgirls" during its many years in development. Name one.

7. This movie was reportedly the most expensive film ever bought at the Sundance Film Festival.

8. This nominee caused a major political kerfuffle when his book was banned by the British government.

9. This Oscar-nominated actor learned a foreign language to help play his part. Name the actor and the language.

10. Don't expect this famous magazine editor to be happy if Meryl Streep wins an Oscar for her most recent role.

11. Helen Mirren and Judi Dench have both received Emmy and Oscar nominations for playing three queens in four different projects. Name all four projects.

12. This screenwriter started his career as Matthew Broderick's assistant.

13. Unable to shoot on the real island where Warner Bros. Pictures' "Letters From Iwo Jima" took place, Clint Eastwood chose another location instead. Where?

14. Until a well-known director remembered him and summoned him back to Hollywood, this nominee had given up on acting and was running a postproduction house in San Antonio.

15. Young Abigail Breslin, nominated as best supporting actress for her work in Fox Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine," is one of four 10-year-old girls to have been nominated for an Oscar to date. Name the other three.    

SCORING GUIDE:

1-5 points: Woeful. Quit the business
6-10 points: Good work. You know just enough to be savvy and not enough to be a nerd
11-15 points: Excellent. Now get a life.

Answers:

1. Warner Bros. Pictures' "Letters From Iwo Jima" took its initial title from a letter from Japanese Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Ken Watanabe) to his son, in which he wrote, "The life of your father is just like a lamp before the wind."

2. Miramax's "The Queen." Sir Robin is the private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. His invitation was effectively an offer to have lunch with the queen herself and tacit approval of her portrayal in the film.

3. No, not Paramount/DreamWorks' "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer." During his research for Sony Pictures Classics' "The Lives of Others," German director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck met with a former East German Stasi agent, who told him that agents had collected odor samples from suspects that could later be used to track them with dogs.

4. For his role in "Dreamgirls," writer-director Bill Condon gave Eddie Murphy a prosthetic that covered the famous gap in his teeth.

5. This is the eighth nomination for Peter O'Toole, who stars in Miramax's "Venus." He reportedly came close to turning down an honorary Oscar, which he received in 2003, because he wanted to win one instead.

6. Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah were both reportedly up for the role. Aaliyah's involvement ended with her untimely death in 2001.

7. "Little Miss Sunshine" was sold to Fox Searchlight for an estimated $10.5 million.

8. Before becoming a Hollywood director, Paul Greengrass co-authored "Spycatcher," the memoir of Peter Wright, a high-level operative within Britain's spy agency MI5. The book was initially banned in the U.K. because of its revelations but became a best-seller in the rest of the world.

9. During his time in Uganda prior to shooting Searchlight's "The Last King of Scotland," Forest Whitaker learned to speak Kiswahili.

10. Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour was reportedly a model for Streep's character in Fox's "The Devil Wears Prada." But Wintour still attended an advance screening -- dressed, of course, in Prada.

11. Mirren is currently nominated for playing Elizabeth II in "The Queen." She won an Emmy Award for HBO's "Elizabeth I." Dench was nominated for an Oscar for playing Queen Victoria in 1997's "Mrs. Brown" and won for playing Elizabeth I in 1998's "Shakespeare in Love."

12. Michael Arndt, who wrote "Little Miss Sunshine," never showed Broderick his script, but it was through him that he met Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, who produced "Sunshine."

13. With its volcanic geology and black-sand beaches, Iceland was one of the very few locations that could double for Iwo Jima.

14. After being a well-known child actor, Jackie Earle Haley was living in San Antonio when director Steven Zaillian tracked him down for 2006's "All the King's Men," which in turn led to his nominated role in New Line's "Little Children."

15. Mary Badham (1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Tatum O'Neal (an Oscar winner for her supporting role in 1973's "Paper Moon") and Quinn Cummings (1977's "The Goodbye Girl") were all 10 years of age when they were nominated for their respective roles.
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