An Oscar-Worthy Weekend of Trivia!

Though the ceremony is still months away, Oscar knowledge came in quite handy last weekend, as all 63 teams competing in our five weekend games dealt with numerous questions related to the Academy Awards, including both final questions.  Let’s see how our games panned out in the weekend recap!


Opening round topics from last weekend included the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company, the Broadway musical “The Sound of Music”, the recent launch of Disney+, the war film “Full Metal Jacket”, and the Richter scale.  Each of those last two topics included a difficult bonus question for our Friday teams, as in each case we asked the field to identify a first name: Vincent D’Onofrio’s character from “Full Metal Jacket” and the namesake of the Richter scale.  With the respective answers of Leonard and Charles, these questions each yielded only four out of 41 correct answers (with no team giving us both correct answers).  As a result, the only perfect first round scores from last weekend were posted in Saturday’s game: Smarty Pants (Belles’), Uncle Jack (Belles’), and That’s So Clavin (Pretzel & Pizza).


Friday’s teams dealt with video game music to begin the second round, as they listened to the theme music from the games “Tetris”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and “Halo”.  Meanwhile, our Saturday teams were asked to identify the songs “Brown Eyed Girl”  by Van Morrison, “Girlfriend” by Matthew Sweet, and “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry.  Later we looked at the 1969 Miracle Mets, Carlsbad Caverns, and the 1980s comedy film “Mannequin”.  Three teams notched a perfect second round score of 36 points: Momentary Lapse of Reason (Vanish), Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizza), and Comfortably Dum (Belles’).


Neither of our halftime pages posed much of a challenge to our weekend teams, as they breezed through topics such as beer brand logos, Olympic athletes, and musicians in film cameos.  The overall average score reached 18.1 points, as ten teams posted a perfect score of 20 points.  Here is your weekend leaderboard at the halftime break:


Our Friday teams were given the full brunt of Oscar trivia to begin their second half:

–> Edward Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards.  One for a 1997 neo-noir crime-thriller film, one for a 1998 crime drama, and the last for a 2014 black comedy.  Name any two of those three movies.

The correct answers to this question were “Primal Fear”, “American History X”, and “Birdman”.  A majority of our Friday teams were unable to come up with ANY of these three films, leading to very few points being doled out on this question.  Only three teams earned their wager with two correct answers, while no team earned bonus points by knowing all three films.  Our Saturday teams also dealt with a difficult Oscar question in the third round, as only two out of 22 teams knew that the film “Howards End” featured an Oscar-winning performance by Emma Thompson.  Other third round topics included the TV series “Scrubs”, the career of Mike Tyson, and Ms. Magazine.  The third round did not yield any perfect scores last weekend.


Just as we saw in the third round, Friday’s final round also began with a difficult question:

–> Gaining popularity due to a 1990 Julia Roberts movie, which song features the lyrics “Lay a whisper on my pillow / Leave the winter on the ground / I wake up lonely, this air of silence / In the bedroom and all around”?

Only five out of 41 Friday teams responded correctly with “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette.  The difficulties continued for our Friday teams, as only two squads could name all four of the current highest ranked teams in NCAA men’s basketball.  Our Saturday teams also faced their fair share of difficult questions, as only two teams knew that Florence Stanley portrayed the wife of the character Fish (portrayed by Abe Vigoda) on both “Barney Miller” and the namesake spinoff series.  With a correct answer there, Smarty Pants (Belles’) earned the only perfect final round score last weekend.  These were your highest scoring weekend teams after four rounds of play:

FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> After watching him in his Oscar-winning performance, Martha Stewart admitted that she could not dissociate this actor from the character he played, eventually leading to her breaking off their romance.  Who was she dating at the time?

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (18.2% success rate):

–> Only one example exists in which two different men that have won the Academy Award for Best Actor share the same last name.  One of these men earned the award for films released in 1979 and 1988, while the other won his Oscar for his role in a 2005 film.  What is their collective last name?

The respective correct answers to these historical questions were Anthony Hopkins and Hoffman (Dustin and Philip).  Congratulations to Irish Beer Mafia (Pretzel & Pizzaand Full Bullpen (Belles’), who each recorded a Perfect 21 of the weekend by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final weekend leaderboard:


Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD:  Lobster Bisque   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 6 – First category: “M*A*S*H”)

Black Walnut at P. B. Dye in Ijamsville, MD:  Slightly Agitated   (Next week’s first category: Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau)

Vanish Brewery in Leesburg, VA:  Weasigators   (NEXT GAME ON DEC. 6 – First category: Paul McCartney)

Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD:  Full Bullpen   (Next week’s first category: 2019 Films)

Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD:  Irish Beer Mafia   (Next week’s first category: Gettysburg Address)