Can You Guess the Oscar Winner?

Play the game to see how well you know movie history

Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony features a raft of powerful performances from the nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress. Will Reese Witherspoon take home a second statue for Wild, or will Julianne Moore take home her first for Still Alice? Can Eddie Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking out-compute Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing?

To see what factors have historically weighed on the Academy’s selection, TIME built a simple guessing game that allows you explore the entire history of best actors and actresses by asking the computer questions about them. Give it a whirl and see our analysis below.


A few observations we took away from the game:

Although the Academy Awards are an American production, we import a lot of our best actresses–27 out of 71 actresses and 27 out of 77 actors were born abroad.

Fortune does not favor the elders. Only 21 of the Best Actress winners were over 40 at the time the award was presented, and only seven were over 50. (Jessica Tandy, notably, was 80 when she won for “Driving Miss Daisy.”) The men tend to be a bit older, but there are still only 15 winners over age 50.

Dramas are the overwhelming favorite genre for winners. Only three women have won best actress for a movie that is not characterized by the online film information site IMDB at least in part as a drama: Claudette Colbert for “It Happened One Night,” Loretta Young for “The Farmer’s Daughter” and Julie Andrews for “Mary Poppins.” Likewise, there are only five Best Actor winners in non-dramas. (Romance is a far better way to narrow down the Best Actress field, with about half the movies falling into that category as well.)

Notes: Age is computed on the day the actor or actress receives the award.

Data comes from IMDB.com. All photos courtesy Getty Images. Design by Bronson Stamp, code by Chris Wilson and research by Joseph Lin.

TIME Television

Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation Producer Harris Wittels: ‘Today I Lost a Friend’

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Colleen Hayes/NBC Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

The actor took a moment to remember her colleague and friend at an event on Thursday

The sudden death of Harris Wittels, a co-executive producer and writer on Parks and Recreation, on Thursday has prompted an outpouring of tributes from other comedians and television writers.

Perhaps the most poignant of these responses has been from Amy Poehler, who worked with the 30-year-old comedian on their hit show. At a Variety charity event unite4humanity, Poehler was honored with the evening’s Unity Award for her work with the NGO Worldwide Orphans. When she took the stage to accept her award, she brought up Wittels, whose body had been discovered just hours earlier.

“Today, I lost a friend,” she said. “I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction.” (The cause of Wittel’s death has not yet been confirmed, though early reports have suggested a possible drug overdose.)

“I’m sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday,” Poehler continued. “So, I don’t really feel like telling any jokes. I’m kind of sad, and it’s really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called ‘Hollywood.’ It’s very strange.”

Read next: Parks and Rec Co-Producer Harris Wittels Has Died, Aged 30

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Watch Kelly Ripa Describe How She Freaked Out Madonna at an Oscars Party

Madge wasn't happy after Kelly smelled her

Television host and Madonna super fan Kelly Ripa appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night and revealed how she once creeped out her idol.

Ripa said that she’d been invited to an Oscars party hosted by Madonna a few years ago and, upon meeting the legendary singer, hugged her and smelled her. According to Ripa, Madonna was not impressed with the “weirdo” behavior.

Despite the frosty reaction, Ripa still seems to think fondly of the encounter. Beaming, she excitedly told Kimmel, “She smells like gardenias!”

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Here’s What Jon Stewart Wants From the Next Host of The Daily Show

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Desiree Navarro—WireImage/Getty Images Director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attends "Rosewater" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City.

He still didn't say who he thinks that host should be, though

After hosting The Daily Show for a decade and a half until recently announcing that he will step down at the end of the current season, comedian Jon Stewart wants his successor — whoever that may be — to take the show’s concept to the next level.

Stewart, speaking at Catie Lazarus’s show “Employee of the Month” at a New York pub, wouldn’t name a desired successor but explained what he would like to see from the show after he leaves, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

“What I want to see there is the next iteration of this idea,” Stewart said, adding that he used every possible permutation of the show’s concept. “I feel like the tributaries of my brain combined with the rigidity of the format.”

He used The Daily Show alum and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver (who will definitely not be succeeding Stewart) as an example of the possibilities. “John Oliver was able to apply our process to a more considered thing, and it’s exciting to watch it evolve and see it mutate and change and fill different gaps and different ideas,” he said. “That’s the part that I’m looking forward to seeing.”

As for his own plans, Stewart reiterated that he has a lot of “ideas” of his own, and that spending more time with his family is a big part of his decision to step down.

TIME Music

Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift Top Kids’ Choice Awards Nominations

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images Singer Iggy Azalea attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

All the Song of the Year nominations are performed by women

The tweens have spoken, and the women of the music industry are set to win big at next month’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

All the nominations for Song of the Year are performed by women, Billboard reports, including Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, Katy Perry’s Dark Horse and the Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj collaboration Bang Bang. Another 2014 anthem that made it to the category is Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass.

But Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is by far the most popular among America’s adolescents, with her song Fancy and her appearance on Grande’s track Problem both getting nominated. Azalea is also nominated for the Favorite New Artist award, along with Trainor and Jessie J.


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Parks and Rec Co-Producer Harris Wittels Has Died, Aged 30

The cause of death has not been confirmed, but police responded to a 911 call about a possible drug overdose

Harris Wittels, a co-executive producer and writer on Parks and Recreation, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 30-year-old was discovered by his assistant around 12 p.m. on Thursday, and police subsequently responded to a 911 call about a possible drug overdose, writes the Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, however.

In addition to writing and producing Parks and Rec, which airs its series finale next week, Wittels had a small on-screen role, playing an employee from the animal-control department.

He also worked on series such as Eastbound and Down and The Sarah Silverman Program, was a stand-up comedian and is credited with coining the term “humblebrag,” meaning a boast disguised as modesty.

Tributes to the young writer-comedian poured onto Twitter.


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Bill Cosby: ‘I Applaud’ Eddie Murphy for Refusing to Play Me in ‘SNL40′ Sketch

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver
Barry Gutierrez—Reuters Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado Jan. 17, 2015

Bill Cosby says he is grateful that Eddie Murphy rejected an offer to impersonate the embattled comedian during the 40th anniversary “Saturday Night Live” special. “I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” Cosby said through a spokesperson.

Murphy apparently turned down a suggestion that he do an impression of Cosby during a “Jeopardy!” parody in the first hour of the Sunday special, according to former “SNL” cast member Norm Macdonald. Cosby, who was ultimately impersonated by current “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson, has been accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women. Cosby has never been charged…

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Iggy Azalea Quits Twitter: ‘The Internet Is the Ugliest Reflection of Mankind There Is’

Iggy Azalea arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Mario Anzuoni—Reuters Rapper Iggy Azalea arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California Feb. 8, 2015

In an effort to avoid online negativity, rapper Iggy Azalea has decided to quit Twitter.

She arrived at her decision following unflattering comments she received about paparazzi photos taken of her in a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii.

“Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite,” she tweeted late on Wednesday. “I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a [perv] with a long-distance lens hiding out taking pictures,” she continued. “Everyone deserves peace.”

The “Fancy” rapper went on to say that the “hatred and pettiness” she has faced is making her an “angry person” in turn. “I cannot be that.”

Azalea, 24, is no stranger to Twitter beef; she has feuded with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Azealia Banks to fast food delivery chain Papa John’s.

The rapper felt it would be a “disservice” to her fans if she “[became] nasty because of the way I feel I am treated,” and so her management will continue to Tweet and run her accounts from now on “unless any message is signed -IA.”

“Love you all, peace out,” she wrote, before adding one last parting shot at her haters:

“The Internet is the ugliest reflection of [mankind] there is.”

This article originally appeared in People.com

TIME movies

See the First Trailer for Scathing Scientology Documentary Going Clear

Film to debut on HBO on March 29

The first trailer is here for the Sundance sensation Going Clear.

The scathing Scientology documentary by Alex Gibney that’s based on Lawrence Wright’s book created quite a stir in Park City last month for taking on the controversial organization and claiming many bombshell revelations about the group’s history and tactics. The film features interviews with former members of the controversial organization who describe widespread abuse and intimidation from the upper echelons of the Church’s power structure. The Church of Scientology has even sent up an online response center devoted to taking on the film.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief will debut on HBO on Sunday, March 29.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Settlers of Catan Could Be Turned Into a Movie

Producer Gail Katz has acquired the movie and television rights

The popular board game The Settlers of Catan could actually hit the big screen.

Gail Katz, a producer known for Air Force One and The Perfect Storm, has acquired the movie and television rights to adapt the strategy game, according to Deadline. In the game, players are tasked with developing strong communities and outwitting competitors for natural resources on the make-believe island of Catan.

Katz said in a statement that she was introduced to the game by her college-aged kids and called Catan “a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes that resonate today.” More than 22 million versions of Settlers have been sold, and downloads have topped 1.6 billion.



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