Final Jeopardy: The Oscars

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/1/2017) in the category “The Oscars” was:

For 1992, this New Yorker was the first man with 2 acting Oscar nominations in the same year for different films.

3x champ Anand Kandaswamy now has $57,001, after 2 runaway games this week. In his 4th game, his challengers are: Jenny Wrigley, from Olive Branch, MS; and Rahul Jain, from Brooklyn, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Take a Hike! – Shades of Blue – Golf – 19th Century America – It’s a “Lock” – Ben Franklin’s Drinker’s Dictionary – Ichthyology

Anand found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “19th Century America” under the $800 clue on the 5th pick of the round. He was in the lead with $800, $200 more than Jenny in second place. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

From 1840 to 1860 this island of 8 million sent 1.7 million immigrants to the United States. show

Jenny finished in the lead with $6,400. Rahul was second with $4,600 and Anand was last with $1,600.

Round 2 Categories: Borrowed Words – Old National Anthems – Authors’ New Directions – A Marriage Made in… – Kevin

Jenny found the first Daily Double in “Authors’ New Directions” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. She was in the lead with $6,800 now, $2,200 more than Rahul in second place. She bet $1,200 and thought it was Ian Fleming. That was WRONG.

He temporarily dropped the spy stuff in 1971’s “The Naive and Sentimental Lover” show

Rahul found the last Daily Double in “National Anthems” under the $1,200 clue, with 5 clues left after it. In second place with $11,800, he had $4,800 less than Jenny’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

Until 2003 this Middle East nation used “The Land of Two Rivers” show

Jenny finished in the lead with $18,600. Rahul was next with $11,200 and Anand was in third place with $1,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


At the 65th Annual Academy Awards held on March 29, 1993, Al Pacino won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Scent of a Woman” (1992) as the blind Army Lt. Col. Frank Slade. He was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his Ricky Roma role in “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992), but Gene Hackman won for his work in “Unforgiven” (1992).

Taste of has a great article, “11 Actors Nominated Twice for the Academy Award in the Same Year,” showing all the ladies who got double noms all the way back to 1939. Barry Fitzgerald’s double nod in 1945 is also listed but, as noted, that was for the same role in the same film (“Going My Way” 1944).

Anand got it right. He didn’t bet anything so he stayed at $1,600.

Rahul thought it was Robert De Niro. He lost his $7,900 bet, leaving him $3,300.

Jenny also got it right. She added $3,801 to win the match with $22,401. She is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (11/1/2017) Anand Kandaswamy, Rahul Jain, Jenny Wrigley

A triple stumper from each round:

SHADES OF BLUE ($1000) Almay makes a loose finishing one

AUTHORS’ NEW DIRECTIONS ($400) Pregnant in 1959, Sylvia Plath wrote “the It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit” for these people

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “International Sports”

Its name refers to safety efforts that currently restrict cylinder capacity & prohibit supercharging. show

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13 Responses

  1. TaiwanBill says:

    I still confuse Al Pacino with Robert De Niro! I completely missed this FJ, and I’ll have to see one of these films one of these days. I do remember that Barry Fitzgerald was nominated in 1945 for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the SAME film: “Going My Way”, which necessitated an Academy rules change. Too much of a good thing, I guess. Anyway both Bing Crosby and Fitzgerald won their only Oscars, I believe. Bing for Best and Fitzgerald for Best Supporting. Both portrayed Roman Catholic priests, although Fitizgerald (born in Dublin) was Protestant. Barry was indeed one of the greatest scene stealers. One should see “The Quiet Man” where the diminutive Fitzgerald steals scenes from John Wayne, and it looks like Wayne is looking down in something like awe. I heard that they were the best of friends. John Wayne had the unique
    ability to recognize talent in others.

    • VJ says:

      Thanks for the info, Taiwan Bill. I’ll have to rewatch “Going My Way.” I saw it when I was a kid and don’t remember much about it except I still know all the words to “Swingin’ on a Star.” I’ll check out “The Quiet Man” too.

  2. Cece says:

    In the last month, this is the 3rd FJ about actors and the Oscars.

    • VJ says:

      @Cece, yeah, but I was thinking it could have been worse when I saw the clue this morning — it could have been about Kevin Spacey… then, when I saw the categories, I was like oh, noooooo. That would have been awkward.

      • Cece says:

        Yeah, like: “This actor always takes his mother to the Oscars.”

        The clue writers better lay off Hollywood for a while, if they wanna avoid that type of thing. :)

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    I guess Anand was just off today because the players buzzed in faster than him.

  4. Becci says:

    Al Pacino was robbed beginning with The Godfather, he should have been nominated for Best Actor (and won) in that film not supporting. He also should have won for the next 3 that he was nominated for. He was ‘penalized’ because he didn’t ‘toe the party line’ and play the ‘Hollywood’ game. Personally I thought he won for one of the weakest of his good roles.

  5. William Weyser says:

    Coincidental that the last time we had a contestant from Mississippi was also from Olive Branch, Mississippi in the name of Colby Taylor. He won his 1st game on 1/10/17 with a little luck, because even though he missed that Final Jeopardy!, his nearest opponent did get Final Jeopardy! right, but didn’t wager enough to cover an incorrect response by Colby. I mean, Blair Moorhead, if you’re not gonna play or wager for the win, why bother showing up? Anyways, Colby Taylor lost his 2nd game, because of a very tough Shakespeare Final Jeopardy! clue about Troilus And Cressida.

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Greer Mackabee the tall guy from Duke University was close on a daily double where he tried to get the lead. He said Croyleus and Crysinna instead of Troilus and Cressida. Which is from the Roman mythology category.

  6. Lou says:

    I remember all pacino in the godfather movies. But did he win best supporting actor for the godfather movies, Vj? Glengary Glen Ross is a great movie. Also Ian Fleming was not a bad guess but do you think he and le carre have combined their ideas as spy novelists, VJ? We know james bond and chitty chitty bang bang was Fleming.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the first Godfather film, and Best Actor for the second, but did not win either. idk about Fleming and Le Carre — I don’t really have much interest in spy novels or films.

      LINK: 11 more clues from the match

    • Richard Corliss says:

      Glengary Glen Ross was also a play. That’s where the real estate office took place.

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