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In the Interest of Truth-Telling, a Bog Correction, Implicating Georgetown and D.C. United

Question: Which men have won Oscars for Best Actor in a movie they also directed?

Nearly two months ago, I posted what I thought was the correct trivia answer to the correct trivia question listed above, as provided by D.C. United fan and professional trivia answerer Roger Moyer. I don't know how to contact Roger just now, and if anyone does do tell, but I fear that I either misquoted him, or that he misquoted the fine folks at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Future Barra Brava member? (Stephen Chernin)

Here's what I wrote:

And if you want to know what it's like to lose on a televised quiz show, Moyer has a deep and abiding hatred for [name redacted], the correct answer to the Millionaire question he missed, and also for King Baudouin of Belgium, the correct answer (or question, or whatever) on Moyer's final Final Jeopardy. The Millionaire question, for $250,000, asked which actor won an Oscar for best actor in a movie he also directed. Moyer guessed Warren Beatty, for "Reds." But in that year (1981), Henry Fonda was the Best Actor.

"For 'On Golden Stinkin' Pond,'" Moyer said. "As a sop. That was a [bleepy] movie. He'd done much better work."

I attempted to bust out the above trivia question on Wednesday night, attempting to impress Georgetown SID Bill Shapland, who, it turns out, is both a movie trivia buff and a science fiction author, which I didn't know, nor did I know that he mixes movie trivia into his science fiction. The esteemed Mr. Shapland actually sang many of the Marx Bros. best songs in the Verizon Center media room after the Towson win. My opinion of the Georgetown program went up about 300-fold. They will now earn my first-place vote in the Local Poll every week. Anyhow, I busted out the trivia question, attempting to impress, although I managed to get both the question and the answer wrong. So then we commandeered the computer of Hoya Staff Writer Brenna McGee, who was trying to write her story, and with help from Official Georgetown Beat Writer Camille Powell we figured out that at least two men were the correct answer to that trivia question, once I had actually settled on the correct question.

I would love for two things to happen:

1) Someone to give me a comprehensive list of men who have won Oscars for Best Actor in a movie they also directed.


2) D.C. United supporter Roger Moyer to explain how I screwed up his Millionaire question two months ago, and why he never corrected me.

Which is not, I suppose, deserving of a blog post, but like I said earlier, this is The Day No One Reads the Internets.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2006; 3:52 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , D.C. United  
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