Final Jeopardy: Oscar Nominations

The Final Jeopardy question (3/28/2014), in the category “Oscar Nominations” was:

Prior to “Silver Linings Playbook”, the last film to get Oscar noms. in all 4 acting categories was this film partly set in Russia.

New champ Amy Nienaber won $21,000 in yesterday’s game. Today she takes on these two players: Julia Levine, from Los Angeles, CA; and Douglas Beeler, from Roanoake, VA.

Round 1: Julia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Declaration of Independence” under the $1,000 clue. She was in the lead with $3,600, $400 ahead of Amy in second place. She bet $1,000 and thought it was “innate”, suggesting “unnate” as the outcome. That was WRONG.

Type of right with which men are “endowed by their creator”; in the drafting it changed from “in” to “un”. show

Amy finished in the lead with $7,000. Julia was second with $6,200 and Douglas was last with $1,000.

Round 2: Amy found the first Daily Double in “We’ve Got Chemistry” under the $800 clue. She was in the lead with $9,400, $800 ahead of Julia in second place. She bet $4,000 and she was RIGHT.

Unlike tap water, when you place tonic water near a black light, you’ll find that it glows due to the fluorescent properties of this alkaloid used in the treatment of malaria. show

Amy found the last Daily Double in “Blowing My Mind” under the $800 clue. In the lead with a hefty $23,400, she now had $14,000 more than Julia in second place. She bet $1,600 and she was RIGHT.

This character’s name came from blowing files off his nose when his arms were stiff after a honey hunt. show

Amy finished in the lead with a runaway $28,200. Julia was next with $9,800 and Douglas was in third place with $4,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Maureen Stapleton were all nominated in the 4 acting categories, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Reds (1981) before Silver Linings Playbooks. Maureen Stapleton was the only winner. Beatty was also nominated for Best Director and Original Screenplay, making him the third person to ever achieve that distinction for a film nominated for Best Picture, besides Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) and Woody Allen (Annie Hall).

Since Silver Linings Playbooks, the stars of American Hustle were nominated in all 4 acting categories. See the complete list of films so honored on wikipedia.

Douglas drew a blank. He bet it all and lost it all.

Julia thought it was Dr. Zhivago (1965 film, 1 acting nom.). She only bet $10 so she finishing with $9,790.

Amy got it right and added a shoutout to her ex-dental hygienist, Ruth. Her $1,800 bet brought her up to a nice even win of $30,000. Her 2-day total is $51,000. Good work, Amy!

We will have to wait a week to see Amy’s next game. Next week, the Battle of the Decades continues with top champs from the 2000s. How excited is everyone to see the return of super champs Ken Jennings and Roger Craig? See who else is coming back here.

2 years ago:: TWO players got this FJ in “Space Exploration”.

On March 17, 2011 a probe called MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit this planet. show

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21 Responses

  1. says:

    Amy Nienaber is very attractive to me.

  2. Ron Blanchard says:

    Did anyone notice how Julia appeared to be upset at the end of final jeopardy when Alex came to congratulate her? Possibly in response to the earlier heckle from the audience over her closed capitals comment. It looked liked she said bullsh.. and defintely did not look happy.

    • Tom Clark says:

      I came in late on this show, about midway through Double Jeopardy. What happened involving a “closed capitals” comment?

    • vj says:

      @Tom – you can watch that part — the chat segment — on youtube.

      @Ron – at the end, it did appear that Amy made some point to Alex when he congratulated her. Don’t read lips so I don’t know what she said.

      • Tom Clark says:

        Thanks — but was she really still upset about the “heckle” at the end of the show? That would be kind of Chu-ish, and she doesn’t look Chu-ish. :)

  3. Tom Clark says:

    I just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to watch Amy Nienaber, who proves, once and for all, what a total ass Arthur Chu is.

    Amy proves a person can win, and win big, just playing the game in a nice, straightforward way, without the asinine MIND GAMES that Chu thought were so necessary.

    The key to winning is being able to ring in first and knowing a bunch of stuff — period! But do you think Arthur will ever be any different, as the years go by? Nah. Once a sociopath, always a sociopath.

    • vj says:

      I was thinking along similar lines, how nice it would be if she won a BIG TON of $$. Alex said she likes to make small bets but she did make that $4K bet in Chemistry today, and it seemed more because she was confident in the category than just to get a leg up.

    • john blahuta says:

      you are not still having nightmares about chu, do you? i hope you taped the show where he lost, so you can watch it again and again!!

      • Tom Clark says:

        It’s not just Chu, it’s all the Chus in the world, many of whom are in politics.

        I didn’t tape his losing show, but it put a big smile on my face that lasted a day or two. He didn’t just lose, but made a total ass of himself in the process.

  4. Hekurbvkusbev says:

    I loved her shout out to ex-dental hygienist Ruth. And the bit about state capitols being closed. I’m not sure she’s trying to be funny, but if she is, she’s hitting it out of the park.

    • john blahuta says:

      maybe ruth slipped with an instrument and that’s why she is the EX- dental hygienist??
      a little payback on national tv??
      and that state capitols should have tours on weekends? after all, they are public buildings. IF she was trying to be funny, she has a dry (british) humor. i like that. let’s see what she has on tab a week from monday?!

      • SunniD says:

        She has a lovely personality and so cute. I love her wit, not sure if she is trying to be funny but she is fantastic.

    • john blahuta says:

      also – i put it in yesterday, but too late – the town (village) she comes from has an appropriate name. bettendorf means literally WAGER VILLAGE in german….

    • vj says:

      Maybe Ruth was her dental hygienist when she first start planning to get on Jeopardy! and they talked about it, then one of them moved or something like that.

    • john blahuta says:

      i know on TAP is for beer (although i don’t drink), so the tab (like in = “may i have the tab please?”) refers to a piece of paper where she might have written down some jokes.she seems confiodent that she might tell a few funny things, thinking she will win a few more games. i hope she will.
      she didn’t win by default but got both fj clues right. yesterday was sort of easy, today not so much, at least imo. unless you are a movie buff. GO AMY!!!

      • vj says:

        unless you are a movie buff — or old enough to remember that particular year and how much you wanted Burt Lancaster to win Best Actor for Atlantic City.

    • SunniD says:

      She is fantastic. I do not think she is trying to be funny, so cute. Love her!

  5. aaaa says:

    Next week’s BotD games were taped before Arthur Chu’s run aired. I think the BotD finals tape next month, so Chu will probably get mentioned a bit in the green room and maybe on the show during those two weeks that air in May.

  6. john blahuta says:

    way to go, amy!

    i wonder how ken will have changed when next week rolls around. does he still radiate the charisma he originally had???