Final Jeopardy: Oscar-Winning Film Subjects
The Final Jeopardy question (12/30/2016) in the category “Oscar-Winning Film Subjects” was:
The only Nobel Prize winner to be the title subject of a Best Picture Oscar winner is this man.
New champ Mukund Marathe won $21,400 yesterday. In the last game of the year, he takes on these two players: Ryan Vanderyacht, from Lake Forest, CA; and Kate Gran, from East Northport, NY.
Round 1 Categories: The Gummelier – The Leaders & Best – “Happy” New Year – Coast – Dove – What’s Your Favorite Soap?
Kate found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dove” under the $1,000 clue. There was only one $1,000 clue in “Leaders” left after it. She was in the lead with $5,000, $1,200 more than Mukund in second place. She bet $1,000 but had no idea so she was WRONG.
1997’s “Comanche Moon” was the last published of the 4 novels in this Western series. show
That ended the round and Kate finished in the lead with $4,000. Mukund was second with $3,800 and Ryan was last with $2,800.
Round 2 Categories: Anagrammed Scientists’ Last Names – Georgia in Song – Doctored Books – Forever Stamps – The Middle Ages – All in the Family?
Kate found the first Daily Double in “Georgia in Song” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. She was in the lead with $4,800 at this point, $1,000 more than Mukund in second place. She bet $2,000 and guessed Florida Georgia Line. That was WRONG.
Nice neighbor! This “stately” mega-group of country sang “Burn Georgia Burn.” show
Mukund found the last Daily Double in “Doctored Books” under the $2,000 clue on the 10th pick. In the lead with $7,800, he had $1,000 more than Ryan in second place. He bet $1,000, and he was RIGHT.
Dr. Bernard Rieux forgoes escape to stay behind & fight the deadly contagion in this Albert Camus work. show
Mukund finished in the lead with $14,800. Ryan was next with $9,600 and Kate was in third place with $8,800.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
In a tribute to John Nash written shortly after his death in May 2015, Kevin Knudson, Professor of Mathematics of the Univ. of Florida, says: “Thanks to A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar’s chronicle of Nash’s life, and its film adaptation starring Russell Crowe, Nash was one of the few mathematicians well known outside the halls of academia…. Nash’s influence goes far beyond the Hollywood version of his biography. His colleagues count his mathematical innovations, particularly on noncooperative games (the work that would earn him his  Nobel Prize), among the great economic ideas of the 20th century.”
Kate thought it was Roosevelt. She lost her $8,000 bet, finishing with $800.
Ryan came up with Stephen Hawking. That cost him $9,000, leaving him with $600.
Mukund wrote down Oppenheimer. He lost his $4,401 bet but still won the match with the remaining $10,399. His 2-day total is $31,799.
A triple stumper from each round:
THE GUMMELIER ($800) You’ll love the pink packaging of this rhyming brand’s bubble gum tape gum; pull some out & embrace the lean suppleness
THE MIDDLE AGES ($800) Adopted “municipal” name of Odo de Lagny, elected Pope in 1088 & a leader of ecclesiastical church reform
2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “20th Century America”
In 1923 Fanny Brice made news by having this procedure, later rejected by a woman portraying her. show