Final Jeopardy: The Oscars
The Final Jeopardy question (10/13/2016) in the category “The Oscars” was:
In 2005 he lost for Best Actor but won for directing, at 74 becoming the oldest winner ever in that category.
New champ Susan Cole won $20,600 yesterday. She’s looking for a second win today and these contestants are looking to take over her spot: Amanda Watson, from Tulsa, OK; and Bhaskara Marthi, from Sunnyvale, CA.
Round 1 Categories: TV Themes – Math – Geographic Terms – Ladies & Gentlemen – Step Right “Up” – Circus Performers
Amanda found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Math” under the $1,000 clue on the 15th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $3,800, $2,400 more than Bhaskara in second place. She bet $2,000 and took a guess with “infinity.” That was WRONG.
Euclid’s “Elements” begins with a definition of this as “that which has no part” show
Amanda finished in the lead with $5,600. Susan was second with $4,000 and Bhaskara was last with $2,400.
Round 2 Categories: State Your Case – Transportation – Prepositional Idioms – World History – A Poetic Category – “N”Tertainment
Susan found the first Daily Double in “World History” under the $800 clue on the 7th pick. She was in the lead with $9,200 at this point, $3,600 more than Amanda in second place. She bet $3,000 and though it was James Monroe. That was WRONG.
In an 1815 letter, he declared that the tie that bound South America “to Spain has been severed”. show
Susan got the last Daily Double in “Transportation,” the very last clue of the round. In the lead with $11,400, she had $2,200 more than Amanda in second place. She bet $2,000 and thought they came on trains. That was WRONG.
Balseros are those who attempt to come to the U.S. on these, balsa in Spanish. show
Susan finished in the lead with $9,400. Amanda was next with $9,200 and Bhaskara was in third place with $5,600.
ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
At the 77th Annual Academy Awards (2-27-2005), Clint Eastwood won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for “Million Dollar Baby.” Eastwood was also nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance as Frankie Dunn in the film. However, Jamie Foxx took the top honors in that category for his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray.” It was not the first time that happened. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards (3-29-1993), Eastwood was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor for “Unforgiven.” He won the Oscar for directing but lost the Best Actor award to Al Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”).
Eastwood was 62 years old then and George Cukor had the oldest Director distinction at the time. Roman Polanski topped Cukor when he won Best Director for “The Pianist” in 2003 at age 69. So it was Polanski that Eastwood topped in 2005. See Statista’s list of oldest directing Academy Award winners.
Bhaskara bet $5,000, bringing him up to $10,600.
Amanda bet $2,001, finishing with $11,201.
Susan bet $9,000 so she won her second match with $18,400. Her 2-day total is $39,000.
A triple stumper from each round:
CIRCUS PERFORMERS ($1000) In 1928 the crowds went wild for the American debut of this family of high wire acrobats & its human pyramid
WORLD HISTORY ($2000) In 1429 Joan of Arc escorted the soon-to-be VIIth king of this name to Reims & stood by his side as he was crowned
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “LITERATURE”
This title 1864 adventure is embarked upon by a descent into Iceland’s Mount Sneffels. show