Final Jeopardy! answer was wrong according to many fans

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Tuesday’s episode of Jeopardy! left some fans questioning the accuracy of the show. During the Final Jeopardy! round, the clue was written in a way that technically two different answers could be correct.

The category was Oscar-winning films. The clue was: “The first words spoken in this 1970 Best Picture Oscar winner are ‘Ten-hut!’ ‘Be Seated.’” The correct response, according to the show, was “What is Patton?”

Many fans argued that the correct answer was actually Midnight Cowboy. Midnight Cowboy did in fact win the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture. Patton won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Patton debuted in 1970, so technically it is a film from that year. However, as the clue is phrased it does seem like the disgruntled fans have a point. The “1970 Best Picture Oscar winner” was Midnight Cowboy, even though the film came out in 1969.

Jennifer Quail, who actually won Tuesday’s episode, even weighed in on the subject on Twitter. “Is this one of those ‘year it came out versus year the ceremony is held things?’" she tweeted, adding. “I have no idea, I bet low because as a general rule I will only start caring about Oscars if I'm nominated for one.”

Quail did correctly answer Patton, but only bet a $1,000 — which is her lowest Final Jeopardy! wager during her five-game win streak.

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