Winning Isn’t Everything

While having a few minutes free today, I flipped through the endless array of nothingness which is television (especially on a late Saturday afternoon). I happened across the game show “Greed.” One of the multiple choice questions was: “Which four of the following has won a Best Actor Oscar.” The six possible answers were:

Al Pacino
Robert Redford
Paul Newman
Michael Douglas
Tom Cruise
Nicolas Cage

The question got my head spinning about controversies in the category. George C. Scott refused the award for his portrayal of Patton because he did not like the way in which the character was presented. Marlon Brando refused the award for his role in one of the most acclaimed films in motion picture history, The Godfather, in order to protest the mistreatment of Native Americans in motion pictures. Those are two of the most notable controversies in the 80 year history of the Best Actor award. Are there any others?

As for the question itself, I had to check the veracity of one of the correct responses. I was absolutely sure of one of the actors until it came up wrong. I was even certain of the role for which I was sure he had won. See if you can guess the correct four.

4 thoughts on “Winning Isn’t Everything”

  1. Greed? That show is still on? I couldn’t even hazard guess a guess at your question. I am so out of touch with movies these days. It’s mostly family (yeah, even though I’m single :)) or sci-fi/fantasy for me. Certain comedies are good as well, though I can’t tolerate the cruder ones so much anymore.

  2. We used to really like Greed. Are these reruns? If not, is it still Chuck Woolery hosting? I could imdb and cheat of course, but what would be the fun in getting it right then… so here is my guess, probably wrong even though I watched the Oscars and they probably had some sort of Best Actor montage: The 2 that HAVE NOT won Oscars are:
    Tom Cruise
    Nicholas Cage

  3. Chris says the 2 that HAVE NOT won Oscars are:
    Tom Cruise
    Paul Newman
    Let us know if we’re right – we don’t have time to look it up

  4. Nope…. Greed was a rerun from back in the day when Regis was the king of ABC until they decided to bombard every night with Who Wants to be a Millionaire with celebs instead of everyday Janes and Joes.

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