Quiz: The Six Degrees of George Clooney

PHOTO: Actor George Clooney and actress Viola Davis pose at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards Press Room at The Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, Cali.
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Watch your back, Kevin Bacon. All of this year's Academy Awards acting nominees can be connected to George Clooney -- himself a lead actor nominee for the film "The Descendants" -- through three or fewer film or television productions.

Can you guess the connections? Scroll through to see our six-question quiz on George Clooney and his fellow Oscar nominees; you'll find the answers at the end.

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PHOTO: The Fantastic Mr. Fox starring George Clooney.
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1.
An Animated Co-Star

Which Oscar nominee played George Clooney's wife in an animated film?

A. Berenice Bejo
B. Viola Davis
C. Rooney Mara
D. Melissa McCarthy
E. Meryl Streep

PHOTO: Actress Glenn Close attends AARP Magazine's 11th annual Movies For Grownups Awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Cali.
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2.
The Stepford Connection

Lead actress nominee Glenn Close can be connected to Clooney by two degrees. Close starred with Nicole Kidman in "The Stepford Wives" ... and Kidman co-starred with Clooney in which film?

A. "The American"
B. "Michael Clayton"
C. "Ocean's 11"
D. "The Peacemaker"
E. "The Perfect Storm"

PHOTO: Goerge Clooney stars on "ER" in the episode "Stuck on You" on Sept. 21, 1998.
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3.
Paging Dr. Ross...

Which nominee(s) guest-starred on at least one "ER" episode that featured George Clooney?

A. Jessica Chastain
B. Rooney Mara
C. Octavia Spencer
D. Chastain and Mara
E. Mara and Spencer

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PHOTO: Actor George Clooney and actress Viola Davis pose at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards Press Room at The Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, Cali.
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4.
Will Viola Davis Edge Out Brad Pitt?

Brad Pitt is known for appearing with George Clooney in several films, but he's not the only star to repeatedly share a movie set with Clooney. How many Clooney films include roles played by Viola Davis?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
E. 5

PHOTO: Actor/Academy Award Winner Richard Dreyfuss attends the 25th Anniversary interview with the director and cast of "Stand By Me' at the Falcon Theater on March 16, 2011 in Toluca Lake, Cali.
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5.
The Dreyfuss Link

Which nominated actor appeared on the TV show "Weeds" with Richard Dreyfuss (who appeared in the 2000 TV movie "Fail Safe" with Clooney in 2000)?

A. Demian Bichir
B. Jean Dujardin
C. Nick Nolte
D. Gary Oldman
E. Max von Sydow

PHOTO: Michelle Williams poses on the red carpet arriving at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 12, 2012.
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6.
Michelle Williams' Two Degrees

Like Glenn Close, fellow best lead actress nominee Michelle Williams can also be connected to Clooney by two degrees through two films. What are they?

A. "Lars and The Real Girl" and "Solaris"
B. "Blue Valentine" and "The Ides of March"
C. "Deception" and "Crazy Stupid Love"
D. "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Descendants"
E. "Wendy and Lucy" and "Syriana"

7.
The Answers

1 -- E. Meryl Streep played Mrs. Fox to Clooney Mr. Fox in 2009's "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
2 -- D. Nicole Kidman starred in 1997's "The Peacemaker" with Clooney.
3 -- E. Octavia Spencer appeared on seventh season of "ER" while Mara appeared on the show's final season on an episode that included a guest appearance by Clooney. Jessica Chastain did guest star on "ER" in 2004, but Clooney had left the show years earlier.
4 -- C. Viola Davis appeared in "Out of Sight," "Solaris" and "Syriana" with Clooney.
5 -- A. Demian Bichir and Richard Dreyfuss appeared together on "Weeds" in 2010.
6 -- B. Michelle Williams was one-half of a tortured couple in "Blue Valentine" with Ryan Gosling, who starred in "The Ides of March" with Clooney.

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