Talking Points Quiz - BAFTA Award Winners Quiz (Questions)

This year’s BAFTA Awards Ceremony has taken place and the winner of the Best Film Award went to the World War One film 1917. It dominated the event, winning a total of seven awards. Its director, Sam Mendes, is the first British winner of Best Director since Danny Boyle in 2009.

The ceremony has been going on for over 70 years and many great films have been made in that time. This quiz is one for film-lovers and will test your knowledge of BAFTA Best Film Award winners throughout the period.

Do you know which films have been recognised and which have not? What about directors and actors? We’ll soon find out! So, if you are ready (popcorn is optional), it’s time for lights, camera, and... action!

1. The very first BAFTA Award for Best Film was given in which year?
[ ] 1937
[ ] 1947
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
2. In 1962 the Award for Best Film went to an epic British historical drama directed by David Lean. What was it called?
[ ] Ben-Hur
[ ] The Ten Commandments
[ ] Doctor Zhivago
[ ] Lawrence of Arabia
3. The title of the 1966 Best Film winner asks us, "Who's Afraid of…" which British writer?
[ ] Jane Austen
[ ] Thomas Hardy
[ ] Virginia Woolf
[ ] George Orwell
4. British comedy/drama Educating Rita won the Award for Best Film in 1983. Who were its two main stars?
[ ] Julie Walters and Michael Caine
[ ] Jenny Agutter and Bob Hoskins
[ ] Glenda Jackson and Timothy Spall
[ ] Helena Bonham Carter and Donald Sutherland
5. Gladiator won the Best Film Award for the year 2000. Who was its British director, also responsible for classics such as Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise?
[ ] Danny Boyle
[ ] James Cameron
[ ] Ken Loach
[ ] Ridley Scott
6. In 2001, the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy won the Award for Best Film. What was it called?
[ ] The Hobbit
[ ] The Fellowship of the Ring
[ ] The Two Towers
[ ] The Return of the King
7. In 2008 the Best Film Award went to a British film which told the story of a boy from the backstreets of Mumbai. What is the film called?
[ ] No Country for Old Men
[ ] The Reader
[ ] Slumdog Millionaire
[ ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8. The Best Film of 2010 was The King’s Speech. This tells us of the relationship between George VI and his Australian speech therapist, played by who?
[ ] Geoffrey Rush
[ ] Russell Crowe
[ ] Guy Pearce
[ ] Hugh Jackman
9. Which French film won the Best Film Award for 2011? It was a comedy/drama shot in the style of a black-and-white silent film.
[ ] The Help
[ ] The Artist
[ ] The Grand Budapest Hotel
[ ] Les Misérables
10. The British war film 1917 won the Best Film Award for 2019. It was based on an account told to director Sam Mendes by who?
[ ] His father
[ ] His uncle
[ ] His grandfather
[ ] His great-grandfather
Talking Points Quiz - BAFTA Award Winners Quiz (Answers)
1. The very first BAFTA Award for Best Film was given in which year?
[ ] 1937
[x] 1947
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
The award went to The Best Years of Our Lives, an American film telling the story of three servicemen re-adjusting to civilian life after World War II
2. In 1962 the Award for Best Film went to an epic British historical drama directed by David Lean. What was it called?
[ ] Ben-Hur
[ ] The Ten Commandments
[ ] Doctor Zhivago
[x] Lawrence of Arabia
The film is based on the life of T. E. Lawrence and begins with his death in 1935
3. The title of the 1966 Best Film winner asks us, "Who's Afraid of…" which British writer?
[ ] Jane Austen
[ ] Thomas Hardy
[x] Virginia Woolf
[ ] George Orwell
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a black comedy, adapted from the play of the same name. It stars (at the time) husband and wife, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
4. British comedy/drama Educating Rita won the Award for Best Film in 1983. Who were its two main stars?
[x] Julie Walters and Michael Caine
[ ] Jenny Agutter and Bob Hoskins
[ ] Glenda Jackson and Timothy Spall
[ ] Helena Bonham Carter and Donald Sutherland
The film tells the story of a hairdresser from Liverpool who tries to better herself by taking an Open University course in English Literature. Walters plays the lead and Caine is her professor
5. Gladiator won the Best Film Award for the year 2000. Who was its British director, also responsible for classics such as Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise?
[ ] Danny Boyle
[ ] James Cameron
[ ] Ken Loach
[x] Ridley Scott
Gladiator is noted for its computer-generated effects. A digital body double was even created for the actor Oliver Reed, who died during filming
6. In 2001, the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy won the Award for Best Film. What was it called?
[ ] The Hobbit
[x] The Fellowship of the Ring
[ ] The Two Towers
[ ] The Return of the King
Both The Fellowship of the Ring (the first in the trilogy) and The Return of the King (the last) won the Best Film Award. The Two Towers was nominated but lost out to The Pianist. And the less said about The Hobbit, the better!
7. In 2008 the Best Film Award went to a British film which told the story of a boy from the backstreets of Mumbai. What is the film called?
[ ] No Country for Old Men
[ ] The Reader
[x] Slumdog Millionaire
[ ] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
In the story, 18-year-old Jamal Malik answers every question correctly in the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He is accused of cheating and has to explain himself to the police
8. The Best Film of 2010 was The King’s Speech. This tells us of the relationship between George VI and his Australian speech therapist, played by who?
[x] Geoffrey Rush
[ ] Russell Crowe
[ ] Guy Pearce
[ ] Hugh Jackman
Rush is probably best known for his role as Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Over his career Rush has won one Oscar, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards
9. Which French film won the Best Film Award for 2011? It was a comedy/drama shot in the style of a black-and-white silent film.
[ ] The Help
[x] The Artist
[ ] The Grand Budapest Hotel
[ ] Les Misérables
The Artist tells the story of a 1920s film star, at the time when silent films were being ousted by "talkies".
10. The British war film 1917 won the Best Film Award for 2019. It was based on an account told to director Sam Mendes by who?
[ ] His father
[ ] His uncle
[x] His grandfather
[ ] His great-grandfather
Alfred Mendes was a West Indian novelist who joined the 1st Rifle Brigade, and fought for Britain in World War I