Take our Oscars copy-editing challenge!

MAR 2 / 18

Take our Oscars copy-editing challenge!


Celebrate the 90th Academy Awards and National Grammar Day with this quiz from the Goods & Services editorial desk.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is set for this Sunday night—and what better way to build up the anticipation for Hollywood’s biggest night than with … uh, a grammar quiz? Really? We’re not doing an Oscar pool, or bingo, or anything like that? No? Hmm. Well, the editorial team here at Goods & Services says March 4 is also National Grammar Day, so in that spirit, let’s see if you can beat the editors by finding the grammatical error in these sentences, each of which deals with one of the nine Best Picture nominees.

And if you're paying extra close attention, there's a bonus copy error hidden somewhere below—can you figure it out?

The Post

The infamous Pentagon Papers are at the heart of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s tribute to the glory days of print journalism in 1970’s Washington, D.C.

The infamous Pentagon Papers are at the heart of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s tribute to the glory days of print journalism in 1970’s [1970s; an apostrophe would denote that Washington, D.C., belongs to the year 1970] Washington, D.C.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Ebbing, Missouri is a fictional town, but it’s been widely considered a stand-in for America as a whole in this small-town drama about police inaction, violence and racism.

Ebbing, Missouri [,; comma needed after states/provinces] is a fictional town, but it’s been widely considered a stand-in for America as a whole in this small-town drama about police inaction, violence and racism.

Phantom Thread

British method actor Daniel Day-Lewis and American auteur Paul Thomas Anderson join forces once again 10 years after There Will Be Blood, but it’s Luxembourgian newcomer Vicky Krieps who steals the show in this utterly fussy, completely beautiful, period drama.

British method actor Daniel Day-Lewis and American auteur Paul Thomas Anderson join forces once again 10 years after There Will Be Blood, but it’s Luxembourgian newcomer Vicky Krieps who steals the show in this utterly fussy, completely beautiful, [no comma needed; “period drama” is a compound noun] period drama.

Lady Bird

First-time director Greta Gerwig paints a painfully accurate coming-of-age story set in the early aughts, including a pivotal scene that hinges around the artistic merits of Dave Matthews Band.

First-time director Greta Gerwig paints a painfully accurate coming-of-age story set in the early aughts, including a pivotal scene that hinges around [hinges on; proper usage] the artistic merits of Dave Matthews Band.

The Shape of Water

Although it’s set in mid-century Baltimore, the Guillermo-del-Toro-directed Cold War romantic thriller was largely filmed in Toronto and Hamilton.

Although it’s set in mid-century Baltimore, the Guillermo-del-Toro-directed [Guillermo del Toro–directed; en dashes tie together compound adjectives that use proper nouns] Cold War romantic thriller was largely filmed in Toronto and Hamilton.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk, which tells the story of the evacuation of Allied forces from France from three perspectives, is one of two films in the running this year that has the early years of the Second World War in its sights.

Dunkirk, which tells the story of the evacuation of Allied forces from France from three perspectives, is one of two films in the running this year that has [have; the subject here is “films,” so the verb needs to agree with it] the early years of the Second World War in its [their; same here!] sights.

Darkest Hour

The other Second World War film from the United Kingdom this year, Gary Oldman anchors Darkest Hour with his turn as Winston Churchill during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Europe.

The other Second World War film from the United Kingdom this year, Gary Oldman anchors Darkest Hour with his turn as Winston Churchill during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Europe.

[Dangling modifier alert! This should read: The other Second World War film from the United Kingdom under consideration this year, Darkest Hour is anchored by Gary Oldman’s turn as Winston Churchill during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Europe.]

Get Out

A potent combination of racial commentary, incisive comedy and graphic horror were key to Jordan Peele’s directorial debut bringing in more than $250 million on just a $5 million budget.

A potent combination of racial commentary, incisive comedy and graphic horror were [was; the subject is “combination,” a singular noun, so the verb must be singular as well] key to Jordan Peele’s directorial debut bringing in more than $250 million on just a $5 million budget.

Call Me by your Name

This film, featuring Timothée Chalamet as a 17-year-old boy and Armie Hammer as an older American grad student assisting his professor father, has garnered rave reviews for its gorgeous setting and tender representation of a same-sex summer romance.

This film, featuring Timothée Chalamet as a 17-year-old boy and Armie Hammer as an older American grad student assisting his [the boy’s; clarity needed to distinguish whose father it is] professor father, has garnered rave reviews for its gorgeous setting and tender representation of a same-sex summer romance.

Did you figure out the hidden copy error yet? If not, check the name of the final film—the "your" should be capitalized!





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