Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 5, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Oscar History) for Monday, March 5, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 126):

In the 1940s he became the first person to receive nominations as actor, director & writer for the same film

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jesse Darland, an editor from Charleston, South Carolina
Jesse Darland on Jeopardy!
Shari Post, a software engineer from Aurora, Colorado
Shari Post on Jeopardy!
Matt Lisiecki, an international development researcher from Brooklyn, New York (1-day total: $14,950)
Matt Lisiecki on Jeopardy!


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Correct response: Who is Orson Welles?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Orson Welles became the first person to receive nominations for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Writing for his classic 1941 film Citizen Kane. It received 9 nominations, including Best Picture, at the Academy Awards it was eligible for, but it only won one (Best Writing, Original Screenplay), in spite of many expecting it to win many more. Variety magazine, in a 1942 article, said “there is no dissent to the prevailing opinion that the extra vote scuttled him. It was patent that the mob didn’t like the guy personally and took it out on him at the polls”. (“Extra” referring to “screen extras”, who were eligible to vote in many categories.) The extras voted en masse for Alex Trebek’s personal favorite film How Green Was My Valley, which won that year’s Best Picture.

I think the big negbait on this clue is Charlie Chaplin; his 1940 film The Great Dictator received nominations for Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Picture, but not Best Director.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Matt $15,000
Shari $9,800
Jesse $9,600

Tonight’s results:
Jesse $9,600 + $9,599 = $19,199
Shari $9,800 – $610 = $9,190 (Who ?)
Matt $15,000 + $4,601 = $19,601 (2-day total: $34,551)

Matt Lisiecki, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 5, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jesse $6,000
Matt $4,400
Shari $3,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) SCIENCE $1000 (12th pick)
Jesse 1400 +1400 (Matt 2800 Shari 200)
2) AFRICAN CITIES $1600 (9th pick)
Matt 8400 -4000 (Jesse 7200 Shari 5000)
3) TRANSPORTATION $1000 (30th pick)
Matt 12000 +3000 (Shari 9800 Jesse 9600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 77

Unplayed clues:
J! round: THOMAS LESS $600
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $600

Game Stats:
Matt $18,000 Coryat, 22 correct, 5 incorrect, 42.86% in first on buzzer
Jesse $9,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Shari $9,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $37,000
Lach Trash: $8,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,800

Matt Lisiecki, stats to date:
46 correct, 6 incorrect
39.82% in first on buzzer (45/113)
2/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,300)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,600

Matt Lisiecki, to win:
3 games: 47.87%
4: 22.92%
5: 10.97%
6: 5.25%
7: 2.51%
Avg. streak: 2.918 games.


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – March 5, 2018"

  1. Gosh, you’d expect 3/3 with this FJ clue, but you never know.

  2. Richard Rolwing | March 5, 2018 at 11:05 pm | Reply

    Very interesting about Welles poor showing at the Oscars being a result of him being unpopular with “extras(!),” who actually had a vote in the big categories that year!…I wonder if that was something adopted only during the war years, partly as a propaganda move to accentuate the “little guy” having a say in such a huge “cultural” event in America? I have not heard about that still being the case today? Fascinating too to read some of the other stories in Variety during the war years…

  3. Richard Rolwing | March 5, 2018 at 11:21 pm | Reply

    Bob Hayes’ nickname was “Bullet,” not “Speeding Bullet”–or am I misremembering exactly what they were asking for in the clue, or am I just plain quibbling?–I know there have been past cases where they have allowed leeway when people have technically given too much info but the answer is still consistent with the whole body of the clue…

    • Because “Speeding” was in the clue (albeit as a hint to point in the right direction), the judges appeared to allow it as part of the response. This isn’t a surprise to me, they do this frequently.

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