Final Jeopardy: The Academy Awards

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (7/13/2017) in the category “The Academy Awards” was:

He holds the record for time between acting nominations for the same role, 39 years between 1976 & 2015 films.

New champ Gavin Borchert won $19,600 yesterday. In his second game, his opponents are: Jill Staunton, from Springfield, IL; and Terry Hanlon, from Charlottesville, VA.

Does Alex prefer repeat champs or new champs every day? He opened the show by saying it doesn’t matter to him. He just likes to see the players do their best and get big paydays.

Round 1 Categories: We’re Talking Baseball – Avian Poetry – 3 Dimensional – Webby Award Winners – Argument – “-ed” Homonym

Terry found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Argument” under the $600, with 7 clues still to go. He was in the lead with $5,200, $1,200 ahead of Gavin in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

An 1860 debate at Oxford between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce & biologist Thomas Huxley centered on this book. show

Terry finished in the lead with $7,600. Jill was second with $5,000 and Gavin was last with $4,800.

Round 2 Categories: Their Game Show Host Gigs – How Inventive – 12-Letter Words – It’s Iowa-Adjacent – That’s the Spirit! – “M”Portant Painters

Gavin found the first Daily Double in “That’s the Spirit!” under the $800 clue on the 8th pick. He was in the lead with $10,400 at this point, $2,400 more than Terry in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

First mentioned in records from Barbados in 1650. show

Terry got the last Daily Double in “12-Letter Words” under the $2,000 clue on the very last pick. In third place with $10,000, he had $9,800 less than Gavin’s lead. He bet $9,801 and went with crucifixion. That was WRONG.

The Latin for “cross” gives us this term for extreme pain. show

Gavin finished in the lead with $19,800. Jill was next with $13,000 and Terry was in third place with $199.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Sylvester Stallone’s supporting actor nom for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Creed, 39 years after his lead actor nom for his portrayal of the same character in Rocky, sets a record for most years between nominations for portrayals of the same character; the record previously belonged to Paul Newman, who received a best actor nom for his portrayal of “Fast Eddie” Felson in The Hustler (1961) and won for his portrayal of the same character 25 years later in The Color of Money (1986). Only four others received multiple noms for playing the same character: Bing Crosby for Father O’Malley, Peter O’Toole for King Henry II, Al Pacino for Michael Corleone and Cate Blanchett for Queen Elizabeth II.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Terry got it right. He bet $197 and finished with $396.

Jill was going for Jack Nicholson but only got as far as “Nicho.” She bet and lost it all.

Gavin came up with Clint Eastwood. That cost him $10,000 but he had $9,800 left to win his second match with. His 2-day total is $29,400.

Final Jeopardy (7/13/2017) Gavin Borchert, Terry Hanlon, Jill Staunton

2 triple stumpers from Round 2:

12-LETTER WORDS ($1600) Term for the use of agents like smallpox or ebola to kill others

THEIR GAME SHOW HOST GIGS ($2000) This long-time CBS news anchorman once helmed the game show “It’s News to Me”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “European Novelists”

Alfred Dreyfus was among the thousands who marched through the streets of Paris in his 1902 funeral procession. show

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5 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    This show aired on Johnny Gilbert’s birthday. Perhaps they should have done a clue in the top box like this: This popular game show announcer hosted Music Bingo in the 50s and Fast Draw in the 60s. THey did a clue like that when referencing the first edition of the book the Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, back in the late 80s when the first edition of that book came out

  2. aaaa says:

    The Chris Hardwick clue should have mentioned Singled Out, as that’s a memorable show to people of a certain age, it made a star out of Jenny Mccarthy and to a smaller degree Carmen Electra

  3. Lou says:

    Glad that Terry got final right despite the daily double not paying off for him. I remember Stallone was in guardians of the galaxy volume 2 and that was epic. VJ, do you remember if Stallone had a famous quote he used in the rocky movies?

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, I guess the one quote everyone remembers most from the “Rocky” movies is the one Alex said after he saw Terry’s answer: “Yo, Adrian!” Sometimes, we still do a Stallone impression of “Absolutely” around here.

      LINK: 8 more clues from the match

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    What a very bizarre finish to the DJ! round.