HeadScratcher No. 30: Dingo ate your Oscar!

14348__streep_lSo what do Cher, Jodie Foster, Katharine Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Catherine Zeta-Jones have in common? They all beat, among other ladies, Academy darling Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category — all except Zeta-Jones, who smacked her down in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Herewith, the years, the winners, their films, and the films for which Streep was nominated:

1981: Hepburn (On Golden Pond); The French Lieutenant’s Woman
1983: MacLaine (Terms of Endearment); Silkwood
1987: Cher (Moonstruck); Ironweed
1988: Foster (The Accused); A Cry in the Dark
1998: Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love); One True Thing
2002: Zeta-Jones (Chicago); Adaptation (pictured).

Only 11 of you got the answer this week, which qualifies in my book as "just right": not too easy; not too difficult. In lieu of wit, I’m just going to refer you to Streep and Lily Tomlin’s brilliant introduction to the Robert Altman tribute and then go home and sleep a little more. This weekend wore me out. I’m telling you: It’s hard out there for a pimp.

Click the jump to bask in the glory of the lucky once:

Ian Coster
Dan D’Addario
Sean Dries
Dee Lauren
Kerin Lou
Ed Nemmers
David Novero
Marilyn Pillar
Gary Sanginario
Anthony Siciliano
Jack Volpi (the self-proclaimed "King of Internet Trivia")

Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • Bren

    Brilliant?

  • kerin

    Streep was actually nominated for Ironweed in 1987, not Heartburn.

  • Todd

    Sometimes I wonder if my mind is too abstract or not abstract enough to answer all of your HeadScratchers.

  • Ed

    Right you are, Kerin — made the fix!

  • Jakeem

    If you had added Geraldine Page to the list, I would have come up with the answer. Thanks for nothing!

  • Hallie

    I still think it has to do with Warren Beatty. Not sure how he connects to Gwyneth Paltrow though.

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