[TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Vanya » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:10 am

Who was the only person to win an Oscar for playing Santa Clause?
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Paucle » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:00 am

Vanya wrote:Who was the only person to win an Oscar for playing Santa Clause?

Was the Santa Clause in his contract?
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby MarkBarrett » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:17 am

Vanya wrote:Who was the only person to win an Oscar for playing Santa Clause?


Edmund Gwenn or Billy Bob Thornton? Choices, choices.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby goforthetie » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:25 pm

For the next question, I'm curious to know whether Charlie and Donald Kaufman would have counted if Adaptation had won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:31 pm

goforthetie wrote:For the next question, I'm curious to know whether Charlie and Donald Kaufman would have counted if Adaptation had won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Possible; don't know if they would have made a second statue or just double labeled Charlie's.

The one I want to see win is Roderick Jaynes, the Coens' Editor.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:58 pm

...Really? Anjelica Huston? Welp...*throws notes in the air*...I got no material for that one.

13. HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY
Much like in politics or business, Hollywood has their Kennedys, their Windsors, their Hapsburgs, their Bushes. Children, spouses, they all find a way to get in the biz, and some aren't just successful, they win awards. Maybe talent is genetic...
Name two Oscar winners who are related in three degrees of seperation or less on the family tree.

Two parter. Only fitting since the clue itself is sort of a double. This post, partially as a teaser and partially as me taking a break since sorting this was bleck, will display the frequency of names used. Note: some of these names are incorrect, this is not denoted here, but will be in the next post where I give the scores.

If you remember what you sent, your score (if both names are right; unfortunately lots of Honorary only recipients below), will be:
((Name 1 Frequency)+(Name 2 Frequency))*0.5

Alan Bergman (1)
Alfred Newman (1)
Anjelica Huston (4)
Billy Bob Thorton (2)
Carmine Coppola (1)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (1)
Charlie Sheen (1)
Frances McDormand (1)
Francis Ford Coppola (1)
George Clooney (2)
Henry Fonda (1)
James Cameron (1)
Joan Fontaine (1)
Joanne Woodward (1)
Joel Coen (1)
John Huston (3)
Jon Voight (2)
Jose Ferrer (2)
Judy Garland (1)
Kate Winslet (2)
Kathryn Bigelow (1)
Kirk Douglas (2)
Lili Fini Zanuck (1)
Liza Minnelli (2)
Marilyn Bergman (1)
Martin Sheen (1)
Michael Douglas (1)
Nicolas Cage (3)
Olivia de Haviland (1)
Paul Newman (1)
Peter Fonda (1)
Randy Newman (1)
Richard Zanuck (1)
Sam Mendes (2)
Shirley MacLaine (1)
Sofia Coppola (1)
Vincente Minnelli (1)
Walter Huston (1)
Warren Beatty (1)
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby RandyG » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:54 pm

Volante wrote:...Really? Anjelica Huston? Welp...*throws notes in the air*...I got no material for that one.

13. HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY
Much like in politics or business, Hollywood has their Kennedys, their Windsors, their Hapsburgs, their Bushes. Children, spouses, they all find a way to get in the biz, and some aren't just successful, they win awards. Maybe talent is genetic...
Name two Oscar winners who are related in three degrees of seperation or less on the family tree.

Two parter. Only fitting since the clue itself is sort of a double. This post, partially as a teaser and partially as me taking a break since sorting this was bleck, will display the frequency of names used. Note: some of these names are incorrect, this is not denoted here, but will be in the next post where I give the scores.

If you remember what you sent, your score (if both names are right; unfortunately lots of Honorary only recipients below), will be:
((Name 1 Frequency)+(Name 2 Frequency))*0.5

Alan Bergman (1)
Alfred Newman (1)
Anjelica Huston (4)


It's not clear to me what constitutes the individual score. Is it the number of other Oscar winners who are within 3 degrees of separation of this winner? If so, then some of these scores are incorrect. Is that what you meant in your note that "some of these names are incorrect?"

Also, Lionel Newman -- Alfred's brother, Randy's uncle -- should be added.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:11 pm

RandyG wrote:...
It's not clear to me what constitutes the individual score. Is it the number of other Oscar winners who are within 3 degrees of separation of this winner? If so, then some of these scores are incorrect. Is that what you meant in your note that "some of these names are incorrect?"
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Scores are in the next post, which should hopefully get done within the hour. It'll make more sense.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:40 pm

13. Continued

Let this be a lesson to those who dare get ambitious with their TD questions... :cry:

Anjelica Huston (4) & John Huston (3) = (3.5) (Daughter & Father)

econgator
oddsox
WRV

Anjelica Huston (4) & Walter Huston (1) = (2.5) (Grand-daughter & Grandfather)

bomtr

Carmine Coppola (1) & Nicolas Cage (3) = (2) (Grandfather & Grandson)

seaborgium

Francis Ford Coppola (1) & Nicholas Cage (3) = (2) (Uncle & Nephew)

ayeembored

Sofia Coppola (1) & Nicolas Cage (3) = (2) (Cousins)

gamawire

Billy Bob Thorton (2) & Jon Voight (2) = (2) ((ex-)Son-in-Law & (ex-)Father-in-Law)

opusthepenguin
xxaaxx

George Clooney (2) & Jose Ferrer (2) = (2) (Cousin & Uncle)

MarkBarrett
teapot37

Sam Mendes (2) & Kate Winslet (2) = (2) (Husband & Wife)

goforthetie
Turd Ferguson

Alan Bergman (1) & Marilyn Bergman (1) = (1) (Husband & Wife)

barandall800

Alfred Newman (1) & Randy Newman (1) = (1) (Uncle & Cousin)

cheezguyty

Frances McDormand (1) & Joel Coen (1) = (1) (Husband & Wife)

billy pilgrim

James Cameron (1) & Katheryn Bigelow (1) = (1) (Ex-Husband & Wife)

mitchparov

Joan Fontaine (1) & Olivia de Haviland (1) = (1) (Sisters)

Woppy T

Joanne Woodward (1) & Paul Newman (1) = (1) (Husband & Wife)

fowlerism

Lili Fini Zanuck (1) & Richard Zanuck (1) = (1) (Husband & Wife)
RandyG

Liza Minnelli (1) & Vincente Minnelli (1) = (1) (Daughter & Father)
Peggles

Shirley MacClaine (1) & Warren Beatty (1) = (1) (Brother & Sister)

Vanya

Sasheen Littlefeather & Papoose (1)

Rackme32

Incorrect

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Kirk Douglas (Kirk never won, should have used Michael.) - Woof
Michael Douglas & Kirk Douglas (See above, although with Catherine instead.) - debramc
Henry Fonda & Peter Fonda (Peter never won. Jane did.) - Paucle
Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli (Judy never won.) - Bamaman
Charlie Sheen & Martin Sheen (Best. Wrong answer. Ever.) - amorris525

Various Omitted

David Shire (Brother-in-law to Francis Ford Coppola. The rest of the connections are left as an exercise to the reader. (Note: don't actually do that.))
Angelina Jolie (With...well, I'm not sure she'd appreciate being with either Sling Blade or dad now)
Martin Balsam (Father-in-law to George Clooney. GC's first wife: Talia Balsam (She's not a valid answer, just FYI))
Lionel Newman (Brother to Alfred)
Ethan Coen (With either Joel or Frances)

Douglas & Norma Shearer (Brother & Sister)
Ingrid Bergman & Martin Scorsese (Which probably qualifies as the biggest WTF!? in this list. Marty was married to Ingrid's daughter Isabella Rossellini for a few years.)
Richard & Robert Sherman (Brothers. See: Mary Poppins)
Ethel & Lionel Barrymore (Sister & Brother.)
Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh (Husband & Wife)
Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh (Husband & Wife)
Anne Bancroft & Mel Brooks (Husband & Wife)
Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz (Husband & Wife)
Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins (Nothing official, but you can link them back through their two kids.)

Likely many others, but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ac ... g_families is where I ripped all this off of.

Scores after Round Thirteen

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MarkBarrett .... 26.0 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 6 + (3 - 1) + (1 + 0) + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2.0
goforthetie .... 29.0 = 1 + (2 - 1) + 2 + 9 + 1 + 2 + 2 + (6 - 1) + (3 - 1) + 0 + 1 + 1 + 2.0
RandyG ......... 29.0 = 2 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 2 + 4 + 4 + 2 + (3 - 1) + (0 - 1) + 3 + 2 + 5 + 1.0
billy pilgrim .. 30.0 = 2 + (3 - 1) + 1 + 3 + 0 + 6 + 6 + (2 + 0) + (2 - 1) + 1 + 1 + 4 + 1.0
bomtr .......... 30.5 = 2 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 6 + (1 + 0) + (0 - 1) + 5 + 1 + 5 + 2.5
teapot37 ....... 31.0 = 1 + (4 - 1) + 1 + 1 + 3 + 6 + 1 + (3 + 0) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 1 + 2 + 2.0
mitchparov ..... 32.0 = 4 + (9 + 0) + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 8 + (1 + 0) + (2 + 0) + 0 + 1 + 1 + 1.0
gamawire ....... 33.0 = 1 + (4 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 0 + 1 + 6 + (1 - 1) + (6 - 1) + 5 + 1 + 4 + 2.0
Peggles ........ 34.0 = 2 + (2 - 1) + 1 + 9 + 1 + 1 + 0 + (2 + 0) + (6 - 1) + 1 + 8 + 2 + 1.0
xxaaxx ......... 37.0 = 2 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 2 + 0 + 2 + 8 + (3 - 1) + (3 + 0) + 7 + 2 + 4 + 2.0
opusthepenguin . 38.0 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 1 + 4 + 1 +13 + (5 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 0 + 1 + 2 + 2.0
seaborgium ..... 39.0 = 3 + (1 - 1) + 1 + 9 + 4 + 4 + 0 + (6 - 1) + (6 + 0) + 1 + 2 + 2 + 2.0
Turd Ferguson .. 39.0 = 9 + (4 - 1) + 3 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 6 + (3 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 5 + 2 + 2 + 2.0
Vanya .......... 39.0 = 3 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 1 + 3 + 2 + 8 + (5 + 0) + (6 + 0) + 0 + 2 + 5 + 1.0
fowlerism ...... 40.0 = 9 + (2 - 1) + 3 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 6 + (6 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 0 + 2 + 4 + 1.0
WRV ............ 42.5 = 1 + (9 + 0) + 2 + 1 + 3 + 1 + 0 + (6 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 7 + 3 + 4 + 3.5
cheezguyty ..... 45.0 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 8 + 1 + 9 + 0 + 8 + (1 + 0) + (6 - 1) + 3 + 3 + 2 + 1.0
Paucle ......... 45.5 = 2 + (3 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 8 + (5 - 1) + (0 - 1) + 7 + 1 + 5 + 8.5
econgator ...... 47.5 = 4 + (4 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 4 + 0 + 1 + (6 + 0) + (11+ 0) + 5 + 1 + 4 + 3.5
Woppy T ........ 48.0 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 1 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 8 + (1 - 1) + (6 + 0) + 7 + 1 +10 + 1.0
Woof ........... 51.5 = 9 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 9 + 1 + 6 + 1 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 2 + 4 + 8.5
barandall800 ... 52.0 = 4 + (3 - 1) + 1 + 1 + 9 +11 + 8 + (3 + 0) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 3 + 2 + 1.0
Rackme32 ....... 54.0 = 4 + (9 + 0) + 1 + 4 + 9 + 1 +13 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 3 + 2 + 5 + 1.0
Bamaman ........ 55.5 = 0 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 9 + 4 +13 + (5 + 0) + (3 + 0) + 5 + 1 + 2 + 8.5
ayeembored ..... 59.0 = 2 + (2 - 1) + 3 + 9 + 9 + 1 +13 + (5 + 0) + (0 + 0) +12 + 1 + 1 + 2.0
oddsox ......... 65.5 = 3 + (9 + 0) + 8 + 9 + 9 + 2 +13 + (6 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 1 + 1 + 2 + 3.5
debramc ........ 67.5 = 9 + (9 + 0) + 2 + 4 + 3 + 6 +13 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 1 + 8 + 2 + 8.5
amorris525 ..... 77.5 = 2 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 8 + (11+ 0) + (11+ 0) +12 + 8 + 4 + 8.5
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Woppy T » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:21 pm

Volante wrote:13. Continued

Let this be a lesson to those who dare get ambitious with their TD questions... :cry:
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Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli (Judy never won.) - Bamaman


didn't we establish earlier that Judy won an honorary Oscar?
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby teapot37 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:32 pm

Woppy T wrote:
Volante wrote:13. Continued

Let this be a lesson to those who dare get ambitious with their TD questions... :cry:
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Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli (Judy never won.) - Bamaman


didn't we establish earlier that Judy won an honorary Oscar?


From the clarifications: "Except where explicitly mentioned (i.e., Question 5), an Oscar Winner refers to someone who's won a competitive award. Not an honorary."
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Peggles » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:51 pm

11.
Name a Best Picture winner that is not R- or X-Rated

Up (Best Animated Film, but not Best Picture) - Peggles

bomtr .......... 23 = 2 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 6 + (1 + 0) + (0 - 1) + 5 + 1
MarkBarrett .... 23 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 6 + (3 - 1) + (1 + 0) + 1 + 1
RandyG ......... 23 = 2 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 2 + 4 + 4 + 2 + (3 - 1) + (0 - 1) + 3 + 2
billy pilgrim .. 25 = 2 + (3 - 1) + 1 + 3 + 0 + 6 + 6 + (2 + 0) + (2 - 1) + 1 + 1
goforthetie .... 26 = 1 + (2 - 1) + 2 + 9 + 1 + 2 + 2 + (6 - 1) + (3 - 1) + 0 + 1
gamawire ....... 27 = 1 + (4 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 0 + 1 + 6 + (1 - 1) + (6 - 1) + 5 + 1
teapot37 ....... 27 = 1 + (4 - 1) + 1 + 1 + 3 + 6 + 1 + (3 + 0) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 1
mitchparov ..... 30 = 4 + (9 + 0) + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 8 + (1 + 0) + (2 + 0) + 0 + 1
Peggles ........ 31 = 2 + (2 - 1) + 1 + 9 + 1 + 1 + 0 + (2 + 0) + (6 - 1) + 1 + 8
xxaaxx ......... 31 = 2 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 2 + 0 + 2 + 8 + (3 - 1) + (3 + 0) + 7 + 2
Paucle ......... 32 = 2 + (3 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 8 + (5 - 1) + (0 - 1) + 7 + 1
Vanya .......... 33 = 3 + (1 + 0) + 2 + 1 + 3 + 2 + 8 + (5 + 0) + (6 + 0) + 0 + 2
opusthepenguin . 34 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 1 + 4 + 1 +13 + (5 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 0 + 1
fowlerism ...... 35 = 9 + (2 - 1) + 3 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 6 + (6 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 0 + 2
seaborgium ..... 35 = 3 + (1 - 1) + 1 + 9 + 4 + 4 + 0 + (6 - 1) + (6 + 0) + 1 + 2
Turd Ferguson .. 35 = 9 + (4 - 1) + 3 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 6 + (3 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 5 + 2
WRV ............ 35 = 1 + (9 + 0) + 2 + 1 + 3 + 1 + 0 + (6 - 1) + (4 - 1) + 7 + 3
Woppy T ........ 37 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 1 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 8 + (1 - 1) + (6 + 0) + 7 + 1
Woof ........... 39 = 9 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 9 + 1 + 6 + 1 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 2
econgator ...... 40 = 4 + (4 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 4 + 0 + 1 + (6 + 0) + (11+ 0) + 5 + 1
cheezguyty ..... 42 = 4 + (1 - 1) + 8 + 1 + 9 + 0 + 8 + (1 + 0) + (6 - 1) + 3 + 3
Bamaman ........ 45 = 0 + (1 - 1) + 2 + 3 + 9 + 4 +13 + (5 + 0) + (3 + 0) + 5 + 1
Rackme32 ....... 48 = 4 + (9 + 0) + 1 + 4 + 9 + 1 +13 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 3 + 2
barandall800 ... 49 = 4 + (3 - 1) + 1 + 1 + 9 +11 + 8 + (3 + 0) + (0 + 0) + 7 + 3
ayeembored ..... 56 = 2 + (2 - 1) + 3 + 9 + 9 + 1 +13 + (5 + 0) + (0 + 0) +12 + 1
debramc ........ 57 = 9 + (9 + 0) + 2 + 4 + 3 + 6 +13 + (3 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 1 + 8
oddsox ......... 60 = 3 + (9 + 0) + 8 + 9 + 9 + 2 +13 + (6 - 1) + (0 + 0) + 1 + 1
amorris525 ..... 65 = 2 + (1 - 1) + 3 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 8 + (11+ 0) + (11+ 0) +12 + 8
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:04 am

The Award Ceremony is coming fast upon us, in fact, the next scoring round will determine the winners, so I'm going to milk this just a smidgen longer and make you all suffer! :twisted:

Final scores, including detailed Question 14 results, will be given during then.

But first, a preview of the last question's results:
14. BONUS - IN MEMORIUM
Every year, we lose the genius of past times and generations, and every year we remember them through a two second appearance in a montage that's drowned out by someone either singing or dragging a cat through a chalkboard factory. Then we go to the internet and wonder and rant about why someone wasn't included in that clearly solemn event. (Yeah...I'm still griping over last year's...)
Name an Oscar nominee who passed away between December 11, 2010 and now.

I particularly liked how evil the scoring ended up being on this one. With the ability to drop given for free, guessing the sheep made obscurer answers even more valuable.

13 people voluntarily dropped the clue, leaving 15 to take a crack at it. Below are the names and score changes that will be handed out to those 15 as our proceedings draw to an end:

Liz Taylor (-1)
Pete Postlethwaite (-6)
Sidney Lumet (-6)
Cliff Robertson (-7)
Norman Corwin (-7)
Peter Falk (-7)
Dennis Hopper (5) (Passed away on 29 May, 2010)

In addition, the following (along with many others) also qualified:
Blake Edwards
Jackie Cooper
John Barry
Susannah York

Silence, please, I can hear fidgeting in the seats, but there's still one more matter of protocol:

15. ICEBREAKER TIE BREAKER
As I can hear the orchestra trying to play me off for the sixth time, there's one last question to give out: the tie breaker.
The Oscar ceremony is consistantly one of the highest rated shows on TV, but it has been slipping of late. Whether AMPAS agrees or not, it seems the more popular the movies are in the running for Best Picture, the higher the number of viewers. The high water mark of viewers, logically, was the 70th Academy Awards, where Titanic and James Cameron sailed off with the gold.
To four significant digits, how many viewers (in millions), did the 70th Academy Awards telecast have?

The 70th Academy Awards telecast, in the US, had 57.25 million viewers. Two creative guessers realized 'counting' was a good strategy here :P
For comparison, the current lowest rated in modern history was the 80th Academy Awards, when No Country For Old Men won (and when Jon Stewart was hosting the second time) racking up a mere 31.76 million viewers in comparison.

I wanted to address this now, so the closing wouldn't be filled with more numbers than necessary. Plus I'm sure you want to know how you did. :)

Code: Select all
gamawire ....... 56.78 mil., 0.47 diff.
MarkBarrett .... 56.78 mil., 0.47 diff.
econgator ...... 53.74 mil., 3.51 diff.
Rackme32 ....... 50.00 mil., 7.25 diff.
Paucle ......... 47.00 mil., 10.25 diff.
Turd Ferguson .. 42.42 mil., 14.83 diff.
goforthetie .... 40.00 mil., 17.25 diff.
WRV ............ 75.00 mil., 17.75 diff.
barandall800 ... 38.70 mil., 18.55 diff.
ayeembored ..... 38.00 mil., 19.25 diff.
Vanya .......... 38.00 mil., 19.25 diff.
oddsox ......... 36.84 mil., 20.41 diff.
opusthepenguin . 36.47 mil., 20.78 diff.
Woppy T ........ 35.00 mil., 22.25 diff.
Peggles ........ 34.75 mil., 22.50 diff.
Bamaman ........ 34.56 mil., 22.69 diff.
bomtr .......... 81.00 mil., 23.75 diff.
amorris525 ..... 27.00 mil., 30.25 diff.
cheezguyty ..... 26.78 mil., 30.47 diff.
seaborgium ..... 23.57 mil., 33.68 diff.
xxaaxx ......... 15.88 mil., 41.37 diff.
debramc ........ 100.0 mil., 42.75 diff.
mitchparov ..... 12.34 mil., 44.91 diff.
teapot37 ....... 4.826 mil., 52.42 diff.
billy pilgrim .. 128.5 mil., 71.25 diff.
RandyG ......... 246.3 mil., 189.05 diff.
fowlerism ...... 252.3 mil., 195.05 diff.
Woof ........... 262.0 mil., 204.75 diff.


This is as much as a spoiler as you'll explicitly get from me: equal guesses of viewership ended up not playing a role. If you have the same guess as someone else for Q15, you have a different final score than them.

And with that, I bid you a good night.

Now get this bloody microphone off of me already. Oof. Tough crowd. So glad this is almost...gah, damn battery pack...over. The executive producers have been riding me like...wait, what? It's still live?! YOU LITTLE *crzzzzk* *crackle* *bzzzzz* *click*
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Vanya » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:11 am

Volante wrote:
The 70th Academy Awards telecast, in the US, had 57.25 million viewers.


This means 1 in 5 Americans over the age of about 5 watched the telecast. I am not buying that at all.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby dhkendall » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:15 am

Vanya wrote:
Volante wrote:
The 70th Academy Awards telecast, in the US, had 57.25 million viewers.


This means 1 in 5 Americans over the age of about 5 watched the telecast. I am not buying that at all.


Take it up with the L.A. Times and blame the popularity of Titanic.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Woppy T » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:18 am

teapot37 wrote:
Woppy T wrote:
Volante wrote:13. Continued

Let this be a lesson to those who dare get ambitious with their TD questions... :cry:
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Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli (Judy never won.) - Bamaman


didn't we establish earlier that Judy won an honorary Oscar?


From the clarifications: "Except where explicitly mentioned (i.e., Question 5), an Oscar Winner refers to someone who's won a competitive award. Not an honorary."


THanks, my bad. I really need to read the directions (and questions) more carefully.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby seaborgium » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:23 am

Volante wrote:The 70th Academy Awards telecast, in the US, had 57.25 million viewers.

seaborgium ..... 23.57 mil., 33.68 diff.

Not that it makes a difference, but I should have switched my millions with my tens of thousands!
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby ayeembored » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:06 am

Even though I got a singleton with Francis Ford Coppola and Nicolas Cage, I'm kicking myself that I didn't take the Sherman Brothers, since I just watched "The Boys," a documentary about them.
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby Volante » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:33 pm

If you'd kindly take your seats and put away the Hickory Farms cheese samplers included in your gift baskets, I'd like to welcome you to the Kodak Theater. We've got just enough time before Billy Crystal defiles the stage yet again to wrap this up.

I'd like to take this time to thank everyone who participated. This is my first TD and, mostly, I think it went pretty well. Even Question 13, which, despite the horrific overhead, worked out about like I hoped. I have a newfound respect to those who run these, finding questions, dealing with the rules, loopholes and scoring, and knowing full well that (especially with this crowd) they WILL find, despite your best efforts, what you overlooked.

So give yourselves a round of applause.

*waits*

And now, our Honorable Mentions:

28. amorris525 - 77.5
27. debramc - 67.5
26. oddsox - 64.5 (After a -1 adjustment for Liz Taylor)
25. ayeembored - 59
24. Bamaman - 55.5
23. Rackme32 - 54
22. Woof - 51.5
21. Woppy T - 48
20. econgator - 47.5
19. barandall800 - 46 (Pete Postlethwaite providing -6, moving up 3 spots)
18. cheezguyty - 44 (-1 for Liz Taylor)
17. WRV - 42.5
16. fowlerism - 40
15. seaborgium - 39
14. Paucle - 38.5 (Cliff Robertson's -7 giving a good jump of around 4 spots)
13. opusthepenguin - 38 (The tie breaker putting you 4th of 4 among the 38s)
12. Vanya - 38 (-1 for Liz Taylor, 3rd best tiebreaker between the 38s.)
11. Turd Ferguson - 38 (-1 for Liz Taylor, 2nd best tiebreaker between the 38s.)
10. gamawire - 38 - (While taking +5 for Dennis Hopper, the best viewership guess between the 38s keeps you at 10th.)
9. mitchparov - 31 (-1 for Liz Taylor)
8. xxaaxx - 31 (Pete Postlethwaite with -6 and a better tie breaker guess slides you into 8th.)
7. billy pilgrim - 30

For those keeping track, not only are there six places left to announce, there's still six bonuses left to assign!

Coming in at 6th...

teapot37 (30)

Using the double whammy of Liz Taylor and a better tiebreaker guess to take our first rewarded spot. You'll be joining Aaron Sorkin on stage, presenting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. One important note: no Sports Night jokes. He'll release David Fincher on you. You do not want that.

Following you both on the award podium and on stage, in 5th place...

Peggles (27)

A singleton on Peter Falk giving a 7 point drop made you a shoe-in. Standing alongside Christopher Nolan, you'll be handing out the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. (Handing it directly to him is an option as well; we'll have smoke bombs ready to cover your escape.)

In 4th place...

MarkBarrett (25)

Your responce of Liz Taylor just wasn't enough to maintain your lead. Hopefully assisting last year's Best Actress Natalie Portman hand out this year's Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy will be consolation enough.

And in 3rd...

bomtr (24.5)


Lighting the way with Sidney Lumet for 6 points off, you'll be with last year's Best Actor Colin Firth to present this year's Best Actress in a Leading Role. Don't stutter!

The penultimate award goes to 2nd place finisher...

goforthetie (23)


Handing out an award your final answer, Sidney Lumet, never got in real life, you'll be next to Peter Jackson as the last holder of the Best Director statuette before the winner gets it.

Finally, proving most expertly the Hollywood adage of "It's not what you know, it's who you know"...

RandyG (22)

Norman Corwin, an acquaintence of our winner for years, his sole nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1956 (Lust for Life...that title sounds familiar...) provided a 7 point drop for RandyG all the way into First Place. There will be many others on stage helping you hand out the Best Picture statuette, but you'll be the most important since between you and The Muppets, there are only two dexterous hands! I just hope you don't mind being upstaged by green felt. :D

And again, thanks to everyone!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did running it. Oh, hey, you got me something too! What is that, a hook? Oh you shouldn't ha*hurk*
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Re: [TD 144] The Kodak Theater presents... The 144th Think Different!

Postby goforthetie » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:01 pm

As much as I love LotR, Tom Hooper seems like a good enough guy that I'm not sure I want to go back 7 years in time just to hang out with Peter Jackson. :)

Congrats to bomtr and especially Randy on a game well-played. And an honorary statuette to Volante!
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