Final Jeopardy: The Oscars

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/6/2017) in the category “The Oscars” was:

This man received 2 honorary Oscars in his career, & the actor who played him on film received a 1992 nomination for the role.

New champ Chantelle Schofield won $18,402 yesterday. In her second game, she is up against these two players: Tracy Bacon, from Arvada, CO; and Mike Ponterotto, from No. Hollywood, CA.

Round 1 Categories: Major League Baseball Team Nicknames – Talk of the Town – Awards & Honors – Notable Women – Break Fa*st – Cereals – Dance Companies

Tracy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Talk of the Town” under the $400 clue on the 9th pick of the round. She was in a second place tie with Chantelle. They both had $200, $3,000 less than Mike’s lead (he ran the MLB category). She bet the $1,000 allowance and thought it was Jackson. That was WRONG.

“Life on the Mississippi” says “There is no architecture” in this city, “except in the cemeteries”  show

Chantelle finished in the lead with $6,000. Mike was second with $4,200 and Tracy was last at zero. After the break, a reversal caused changes to Mike and Tracy’s score. Mike rose to $4,800 and Tracy rose to $1,200 (see below).

Round 2 Categories: Landmark’s the Spot – You Can Call Me “Al” – The 4th Century – Approximate Weights & Measures – Song/Book

Tracy found the first Daily Double in “Approximate Weights & Measures” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. She was in third place with $3,600 at this point, $10,000 behind Chantelle’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Miscellaneous articles sold as a unit at an auction at Sotheby’s. show

6 clues later, Mike found the last Daily Double in “Landmark’s the Spot” under the $2,000 clue. In third place with $6,400, he had $9,200 less than Chantelle’s lead. He bet $2,000 but had no response so he was WRONG.

The statue of Lafayette in Union Square and a grander landmark elsewhere in New York City, were created by this Frenchman. show

Chantelle finished in the lead with $18,000. Tracy was next with $10,800 and Mike was in third place with $5,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Chaplin’s two honorary Oscars were bestowed upon him in 1929 (For versatility and genius in acting, writing, directing and producing “The Circus”), and in 1972 (for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.).

Robert Downey, Jr. portrayed Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film “Chaplin.” At Oscar time in 1993, he had some tough competition: Al Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”), Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”), Stephen Rea (“The Crying Game”) and Denzel Washington (“Malcolm X”). Pacino won.

Mike got it right. He added $2,001 to his score, bringing him up to $7,201.

Tracy thought it was Walt Disney. That cost her $8,000. She finished with $2,800.

Chantelle came up with Peter O’Toole. She lost her $4,000 bet but won the game with the $14,000 she had left. Her 2-day total is $32,402.

Final Jeopardy (6/6/2017) Chantelle Schofield, Mike Ponterotto, Tracy Bacon

Reversal: CEREALS ($600) The goodness of barley includes being the source of this partly fermented product used in the brewing of beer. – They wanted malt but Tracy’s response of wort should have been accepted so Mike’s offering (yeast) was deemed to have never happened.

A triple stumper from each round:

NOTABLE WOMEN ($800) This ex-Secretary of State wrote “Extraordinary Ordinary People” about growing up in Birmingham, Alabama

SONG/BOOK ($2000) Song: Jimmy Reed; Book: Jay McInerney

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Humanities & History”

Echoing the Morse Code for V, in WWII the BBC’s “V for Victory” campaign used this classical work as a theme. show

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7 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    I watched a lot of films that featured Robert Downey Jr he was funny as ironman in the avengers and still his charming personality makes him a great actor, don’t you agree VJ? Also Walt Disney himself is a creator of Disney films so he doesn’t count as an actor though.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, yes I agree that Robert Downey Jr is a great actor. I didn’t think Walt Disney was a bad guess on Tracy’s part, though. The first part of the clue didn’t specify an actor and Disney did get at least 2 honorary Oscars. Tom Hanks played him in Saving Mr. Banks though that was in 2013 and it was a supporting role he did not get an Oscar nod for

  2. aaaa says:

    The correct response to the Turkish city question is Nicaea for which the Nicene Creed is named

  3. rhonda says:

    There was a question about a Turkish city in the 4th century category and I wasn’t able to hear the answer that Chantelle gave, VJ, would you be able to tell me what she said?

    • VJ says:

      hey, Rhonda, I put that whole category on the extra clues post. That was the $2000 clue and it has a link to an interesting page with the response.

      LINK: 12 more clues from the match

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    $14,000 won on two Tuesdays in a row.