Tuesday night was the biggest night of Trivia so far in 2011, as we had a huge crowd and 24 teams took part. It took nearly 2 1/2 hours to complete, but everyone seemed to enjoy the night.
The numbers for Oscar Trivia were pretty good, but only one team got more than one point in the final question, the extra credit question about the women who've won two or more Best Actress Oscar. (My apologies for not mentioning we were doing that kind of question ahead of time. The Omnipotent Q goofs up every so often.)
It was a close night all the way through, and we had something happen at the end that has never happened before. A four-way tie for second place! So we broke the tie with a question connected to the movies. I asked the teams to add up the ages of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and James Dean when they died and give me that number. The team of Badgers For Collective Bargaining hit it right on the nose with 102. (Marilyn was 36, Elvis was 42 and Jimmy Dean was 24.)
They finished three points behind the winners Buckle Up For Safety, who entered the winner's circle with 40 points and their first ever Trivia Night win. My congratulations to them.
Best Team Name: Phoebe's Freebies Give Me The Heebie Jeebies
1. What American oil company was fined over $8.6 billion last week by a court in Ecuador for polluting the Amazon over a 20-year period?
2. David Letterman apologized on his show last Wednesday to what actress after it was announced Tuesday she would appear and publicly apologize but canceled the following day?
3. What artist's self-portrait was sold at auction in London for over 417 million last week?
4. What bookstore chain, the second largest in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy recently with plans to sell at least 200 stores?
5. What European country broke Iraq's record last week for going the longest time, over 8 months, without having a government?
6. 1970s pop singing duo The Bellamy Brothers are suing what current female pop singer for plagarism, accusing her of ripping off one of their 1979 songs in her latest single?
7. Trevor Bayne became the youngest person ever to accomplish what feat this past weekend?
1. Who is the most nominated Best Actor never to win the Oscar? a. Peter O'Toole; b. Richard Burton; c. Cary Grant; d. Albert Finney.
2. What was the last film to win Best Picture without any acting nominations? a. The Hurt Locker; b. No Country For Old Men; c. Slumdog Millionaire; d. Crash.
3. What actress has the most total Oscar nominations? a. Katherine Hepburn; b. Bette Davis; c. Ingrid Bergman; d. Meryl Streep.
4. Which one of the following has won the Best Director Oscar twice? a. Clint Eastwood; b. Martin Scorsese; c. Woody Allen; d. Francis Ford Coppola.
5. Which one of the following films won all 11 Oscars it was nominated for? A. Titanic; b. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; c. Ben Hur; d. West Side Story.
6. Which of these films wasn't nominated for a single Oscar? a. Saturday Night Fever; b. Monty Python and The Holy Grail; c. The Shawshank Redemption; d. North By Northwest.
7. 12 actresses have won the Best Actress Oscar at least twice. Name 6 for one point, and one point for each one over six.
Actors Who Direct Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Apollo 13
3. Letters From Iwo Jima
4. The War of the Roses
5. A Bronx Tale
6. That Thing You Do
7. A League of Their Own
8. Quiz Show
9. Sling Blade
10. The Prince of Tides
1. Who was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence? ( 1 pt)
2. "Call Me Ishmael" was the first line from what classic novel? ( 1 pt)
3. Paul Simon recorded his hit 1986 album "Graceland" primarily in what country? ( 1 pt)
4. Which of the 4 major North American sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) contains the most teams? ( 2 pt)
5. "Exile On Main Street" is a 1972 album by what classic rock band? ( 2 pt)
6. How many fingers are there on a bat's wing? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the longest river in Europe? ( 3 pt)
1. Which state's automobile license plate boasts that it is the "Birthplace of Aviation?" ( 3 points)
2. What is the world's fastest racket sport? ( 4 points)
3. 24 Sussex Drive is the famous address of what person? ( 4 points)
4. What does a lepidopterologist study? ( 5 points)
5. What famous woman is the sister of Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson? ( 4 points)
1. Chevron (Texaco); 2. Lindsay Lohan; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. Borders; 5. Belgium; 6. Britney Spears; 7. Win the Daytona 500.
1. a; 2. c; 3. d; 4. a; 5. b; 6. b; 7. Katherine Hepburn (4); Luise Rainer; Bette Davis; Olivia deHavilland; Vivien Leigh; Ingrid Bergman; Liz Taylor; Glenda Jackson; Jane Fonda; Sally Field; Jodie Foster; Hilary Swank (all twice).
Actors Who Direct Trivia ("The Q Train")
1. Ron Howard; 2. Warren Beatty; 3. Clint Eastwood; 4. Danny DeVito; 5. Robert DeNiro; 6. Tom Hanks; 7. Penny Marshall; 8. Robert Redford; 9. Billy Bob Thornton; 10. Barbra Streisand.
1. John Hancock; 2. "Moby Dick;" 3. South Africa; 4. NFL (32); 5. Rolling Stones; 6. five; 7. Volga.
1. Ohio; 2. badminton; 3. Prime Minister of Canada; 4. butterflies; 5. Michelle Obama.