Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 31, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 21st Century Oscars) for Monday, December 31, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 81):

Before she was 25, she became the youngest performer to receive a second Best Actress nomination

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jan Corsetty, a database administrator from North Potomac, Maryland
Jan Corsetty on Jeopardy!
Kevin Patterson, a management consultant from Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kevin Patterson on Jeopardy!
James Rodrigues, a filmmaker from New York, New York (1-day total: $27,400)
James Rodrigues on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Jennifer Lawrence?

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Jennifer Lawrence’s first two Oscar nominations came for the 2010 film Winter’s Bone and the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, winning for the latter. She then received a third nomination (Best Supporting Actress, for American Hustle) at the age of 23. She was also the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016, thanks to her role (among others) as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games films.

Of course, Jeopardy! had no idea that the news was going to break over the weekend, but Jennifer Lawrence is in the news early this week as being one of the A-list stars currently suing disgraced Harvey Weinstein’s company over unpaid royalties.

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

Scores going into Final:
Kevin $12,800
James $10,000
Jan $9,400

Tonight’s results:
Jan $9,400 – $9,400 = $0 (Who is Adams?)
James $10,000 – $10,000 = $0 (Who is Ha Portman?)
Kevin $12,800 + $7,201 = $20,001 (1-day total: $20,001)

Kevin Patterson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the December 31, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $6,400
Jan $3,400
Kevin $1,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A FISTFUL OF HEROES $1000 (5th pick)
James 1200 -1200 (Kevin 0 Jan 0)
2) AMERICAN AUTHORS $2000 (7th pick)
Kevin 4800 -3000 (James 8000 Jan 7000)
3) ABOUT A HORSE $1600 (21st pick)
Kevin 9600 +2600 (Jan 8600 Kevin 7400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -127

Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Kevin $14,800 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
James $11,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer
Jan $9,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $35,400
Lach Trash: $12,400 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,800

James Rodrigues, final stats:
40 correct, 4 incorrect
4/4 on rebound attempts
33.04% in first on buzzer (37/112)
0/1 on Daily Doubles
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,300

Kevin Patterson, stats to date:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
28.57% in first on buzzer (16/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

Kevin Patterson, to win:
2 games: 42.66%
3: 18.20%
4: 7.76%
5: 3.31%
6: 1.41%
Avg. streak: 1.744 games.


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 159 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 4.42 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.7577).
An average of 8.0056 4+-time champions (standard deviation 2.1805).

An early cutoff took place 26.044% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Kevin Patterson qualified 3.766% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 46.143% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 20.387% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 5.530% of the time.
Mary Ann Borer qualified 1.165% of the time.
Kyle Becker qualified 0.121% of the time.


  • During calendar year 2018, including all tournaments and consolation prizes, Jeopardy! awarded $5,451,970 in prize money.

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – December 31, 2018"

  1. Wasn’t the American Hustle nomination for Best SUPPORTING Actress?

  2. I believe Jennifer Lawrence is not the only correct answer to the Final Jeopardy question of December 31st.
    Saoirse Ronan born in 1996 was also nominated for 2 Best Actress Oscars before she was 25.

    • In no fashion is Saoirse Ronan a correct response to the clue as worded. When Ronan received her second nomination, she was not the youngest performer to have done it, as Lawrence was younger when she did it.

  3. Astonishing and sad that nobody recognized “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into” as the catch-phrase of OLIVER HARDY. Alex looked rather ruefully at the contestants after they stood there slack-jawed, as if this was an easy one that everybody should have gotten — because it was.

    • I think you’ve being incredibly unfair here towards the contestants.

      The clue was properly valued at $2,000. They haven’t been active in decades.

      Moreover, multiple other home viewers have posted in various other fora that “they knew it was Laurel and Hardy, but there’s no way they’re risking saying the wrong person when a wrong answer means a softball rebound on a $2,000 clue”. The monetary swing there is absolutely immense, and the players were absolutely correct in STAYing CLAM, and shaming them for doing so is wrong.

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